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The Feng Shui Symbolism of the Money Plant Tree

Posted on May 31, 2011 at 10:55 PM
The money plant tree is a special type of bonsai plant by the name of Pachira Aquatica and is commonly used in feng shui practices. This tree is actually a combination of separate plants, usually five,  intertwined or braided at the trunk. The term was coined in the 1980’s after it grew in popularity across Asia. The first money tree was created in Taiwan by a man who had a few of these individual plants braided while it was still in the growing stage. It has become a common household plant throughout the world.
This plant comes in a small pot, its trunks intertwined and the leaves grow out in different directions. It is fairly easy to grow and care for. Like any other indoor plant, a little watering and sun exposure will do. Not enough water will cause the leaves to dry out and crinkle. On the other hand, too much water will cause the stems to rot and the leaves to brown and fall out. It’s also important to never mist the leaves directly. Water as needed and allow the plant to dry between watering. The money plant tree is able to thrive on little sun exposure, they have trouble tolerating extreme heat so do not place it under direct sunlight. If well cared for, a money tree can grow up to 6 to 7 feet.
A money plant tree is said to attract wealth and prosperity, and bring good luck to those who have it. The plant is symbolic, because there are five leaves stemming from each branch and that basically represents the five elements of feng shui, wood, water, earth, fire and metal. It not only adds life to a room, which is an important principle of feng shui, it also helps maintain balance and harmony in a given space where an element may otherwise be lacking. This makes the money tree a great addition for a feng shui home office.
There are many places suitable for placing a money plant tree, however the most ideal places include areas where money is kept, such as cash registers and safe deposit boxes. It’s an ideal gift idea for new businesses to help attract wealth. Other places to prominently display this plant are areas where there is an unbalanced energy according to the feng shui compass, and the wealth and prosperity corner of a room according to the map bagua.

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