Gardening Made Easy – The Money Plant

By Andrea Pavee

Gardening never came easy to me. Whether it was the icky-ness of the soil, or my horror at worms and other soil bound critters, I just did not like it. It took a global pandemic to make me reconsider my somewhat entrenched opinion.

When we went on lockdown last March, I geared up and got out into the sunshine, and my garden, if but to break the monotony of being home bound, and confined. Necessity is, after all, the mother of invention.

The rest, as they say, is history.

While I have been somewhat successful, these past months, at keeping my plants alive, I am no expert. That explains why many of my garden greens are fuss-free, easy growing plants.

When you are a greenhorn at gardening, that is a wise decision. Nothing bolsters confidence than a growing, greening garden.

Whether you are just starting, or would like to broaden your repertoire, the money plant  a.k.a the golden porthos or the devil’s ivy, is one of the easiest, fuss-free plants to consider.

She will grow whether you stick her flexible stem in water, a hydroponic solution, or into soil. Best of all, she can withstand some neglect and still thrive!

While she can grow in direct sunlight, she thrives in semi-shade. She is happy when grounded, in a pot or hung on beams or brackets in your home. With soft stems, her leaves will naturally cascade as she grows.

The Money plant is also a prodigious creeper, which is why you need to keep an eye out when she grows near walls or trellises. Her leaves tend to be small and heart-shaped when potted. Once grounded, or left free to creep, they can become enormous.

Plus, her stems adhere to walls very well, and when pulled off can rip off the underlying paintwork, thus making your wall splotchy and unsightly.

As a creeper, she brings a depth of exotic beauty into the home, softening the effect of concrete walls while easing tired eyes.

If you would like an easily managed creeper, this plant is for you, especially since she requires very little pruning. Just pluck or cut off dead, or dying leaves and your work is done.

Happy gardening!

Posted by Chayo, HomSkil Editor 1, 27 March 2021

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