Money Plant : Myths


There are several myths surrounding money plant. Since childhood I have been surrounded by these stories, thought now would be a nice time to write it all down.

Ok so when I was 8 years old, we were hit by a war, and had to relocate to a new place. Due to the circumstances we were not exactly living in a mansion. Anyways, we heard of this plant called “Money Plant”, and in efforts to help our parents, I am my brother would carefully would water this plant. As each leaf grew, we were filled with hope. And maybe it was not a myth after all, we definitely had our fate turned around pretty soon. 

The next encounter with this lucky plant was in office. There was this Ivy League graduate, who would steal a part of a money plant from his client’s office. I would ask him “Hey what’s the big deal, just ask the client, she would gladly give it to you”.. And according to his belief, “The luck comes with the money plant only if you take it secretly without the owner knowing”… 

Per Time of India, Scindapsus aureus, got its name as “Money Plant” due to its round plump leaves that with a bit of imagination should resemble coin (although in my personal it requires a lot of imagination).

Feng Shui, treats this as one of the best plants, as it purifies air polluted by modern furniture (Now that does seem to make valid point).

Enough of myths,this plant is grown mainly as indoor plant and the special characteristic of the plant is that it can grow even in a water-filled bottle or a container without any soil. It is often used in decorative displays in shopping centers, offices, and other public locations largely because it requires little care and is also attractively leafy. It is also efficient at removing indoor pollutants such as formaldehyde, xylene and benzene A study found that this effect lessened the higher the molecular weight of the polluting substance.As a houseplant it can reach a height of 2 m (6 ft 7 in) or more, given suitable support.



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