How to Plant, Grow and Care Money Plant

Money plant (Epipremnum aureum) is a popular houseplant that is grown indoors mostly in water. It is believed that having money plant at home brings good luck, happiness, wealth and prosperity. Money plant is also known by many other names such as golden pothos, silver vine, devil's vine, devil's ivy, Solomon Islands ivy, hunter's robe, ivy arum, taro vine, etc.


Money plants (pothos) are evergreen climbers that can grow up to 20 m high, requiring no extensive care. They are very easy to grow, both in soil and water filled bottles, jars and any container. Money plant care is quite easy and needs no expertise.

I have also grown money plants inside old fused bulbs/globes. These bulbs hanging from a thread looks amazing showing the plant's green leaves along with white root system inside the bulb. The money plant can be grown as an indoor or outdoor plant without any special care. Guide to indoor plants | Best air indoor plants | Benefits of indoor plants

Having money plant at home brings good luck, happiness, wealth and prosperity
Money Plant brings good luck, happiness, 
wealth and prosperity.

Growing a Money Plant

Money plant Growing in a Pot propagated from a cutting.
Money plant growing in a pot.
The Picture shows a compact dense money plant.
Money plants do not need much care if you do not overdo anything like sunlight, water and fertilizers. It is difficult to kill so it is known as devil's vine or ivy.

Some tips on how to care a money plant are given below to grow it faster.

When to plant

You can start planting your money plant in any season anytime.

Where To Plant

Money plant can grow in both direct and indirect sun light. However, too much direct sun light can turn the leaves yellow and even burn them.

I have placed my money plant in a shaded verandah where it receives only indirect sun light and it is growing very well, spreading on the ceiling with 8 to 10 branches - all about 5 meter long..

Propagation of Money Plant

Money plant is very easy to propagate. The plant is propagated from stem cuttings. It can be grown in both soil and water.

Growing A Money Plant in Water

  1. The important step on how to start a money plant from cuttings is to select a healthy branch, about 30 cm.
  2. Cut the branch at 45 degree angle above a node, that is the point from where leaves emerge. The branch should have minimum 2-3 nodes on it.
  3. Put the cutting in a container like a glass or plastic bottle, glass of water, old electric bulbs, jar filled with clean water.
  4. Keep at least one node below the water level.
  5. Put the container near sunlight. You can hang the bottle so that the branches fall down.
  6. New roots will grow at the nodes in a few weeks.
  7. Keep changing water when it becomes turbid, may be once a week.
  8. Frequently add water to maintain the level.
  9. No fertilizer is necessary, but you can add some nitrate based fertilizer in water for faster growth. I, however, do not add any fertilizer.

Growing A Money Plant in Soil

First method
  1. Select a medium sized pot with holes at the bottom to provide good drainage. The growth of the plant depends on the pot size.
  2. Fill the pot with a free-draining soil. Actually any soil will do.
  3. Make a hole in the soil and insert the node of the cut stem (as above) and fill the hole with the soil.
  4. Watering: Water well once the roots are formed to grow it faster. Allow the soil to dry out between two watering. I water my plant in about 10 days.
  5. Over-watering will cause roots to rot. Leaves turning yellow and curling up is the sign of excessive watering.
  6. Put a stick in the soil, so that the vine can climb.
Second method
  1. To help the plant to grow faster, first put the cutting in water as above and let the roots develop. You can then carefully transfer the plant to a pot containing soil.

Fertilizer For Money Plant

Normally, no fertilizer is necessary. However, you can give a liquid nitrate based feed occasionally.

Pruning and Trimming Money Plant

If you do not prune your money plant, it will grow very long. To maintain the size of your money plant, carefully prune the plant each year so that it stays low to the trunk with a compact look. Following are the tips on how to trim a money plant.
  1. Remove dry or yellow or dead leaves and branches to keep the money plant healthy and prevent the tree from wasting energy on a dead branch.
  2. Cutting the tips of the growing branches prevent the money tree from growing taller, after it reaches the height you want and to encourage new branches and more dense foliage.
  3. Continue cutting the extra leaves and branches to keep plant in shape. Cut about 1/3rd of a stem at 45 degree angle.

Money Plant Types

Jade Plant
Pilea Peperomioides Money Plant
Pilea Peperomioides Money Plant

Lunaria Annua Money Plant
Lunaria Annua Money Plant

Pachira Aquatica Money Plant
Pachira Aquatica Money Plant
When I looked into internet, I saw various pictures of money plant to which I was not familiar. Different web sites name different plants as money plants. There is a big confusion.

Now I realize that different plants are known as money plant in different cultures and countries. To clear the confusion, I am giving below different types of money plants with their pictures.
  1. Epipremnum Aureum Money Plant: a tropical vine plant found in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, China, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia. On this page, I have given details on growing this type of money plant.
  2. Crassula Ovata Money Plant: It is also known as jade plant, friendship plant, lucky plant, etc. This is a succulent plant which produces bunches of white or pink flowers. It is a popular house plant throughout the world. It is an air purifying plant and therefore it is a good indoor plant.
  3. Pilea Peperomioides Money Plant: This plant originated from China is a succulent flowering plant which is also known as Chinese money plant, pancake plant, missionary plant, etc.

  4. Lunaria Annua Money Plant: It is a flowering plant which is also known as silver dollars, Chinese money, or Chinese coins, in French it is known as the Pope's money (monnaie du pape), judaspenge in Denmark, and the coins of Judas (judaspenning ) in Dutch-speaking countries.
  5. Pachira Aquatica Money Plant: It is a flowering indoor house plant native to Central and South America. It is also known as Malabar chestnut, Guiana chestnut, French Peanut, provision tree, saba nut, monguba, pumpo, etc.

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I put a cutting of money plant in water about a month ago, it has now formed new roots. Can I transplant this to a pot.
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You can transfer the rooted money plant in water to soil in a pot.
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I have putd a cutting of money plant is a water bottle. Will it creep in water and form a vine?
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Yes, money plants creep in water also and make a vine, however it will be slow.
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I am growing my money plant in a small bottle. How often should I change its water?
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You can keep the same water for 3-4 weeks. But if you see that the water inside the bottle in which the money plant is growing becomes turbid, change it.
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Very helpful information! Thanks for sharing! Helped me in my school project! 😊👍
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i got this plant as a gift in a small jar filled with soil. that time only two leaves were there. but there was no improvement in growing. after that i changed that into a big jar and filled with soil. i am keeping that in direct sun light. now new leaves are growing but the old leaves turning into brown ie, like burning type. there are changing. i am watering it daily. what to do now?
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1. The plant will take sometime to come over the shock of transplant.
2.Shift the money plant to indirect sun light or where it can receive light only in the morning. Too much sun light can burn the leaves.
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Hi i have potted money plant in water bottle almost every day 1 leaf develops a black spot it grows n finally the leaf turns entirely black. Is is plant infected or is there something else?
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My money plant in water and in soil does not grow at all. Have tried to grow it many times but in vain.
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You are probably not taking the correct cutting of the money plant. Take a 7-8 inch long cutting below a node, that is where leaves are formed. At the node you will see a little root type formation. Dip this portion in the water after removing the leaves at this point.
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Take a cutting below a node where leaves are formed. At the node you will see a little root type formation. Dip this portion in the water or soil after removing the leaves. Don't put any leaves in water or soil.
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I plant it direct in the soit in indirect soil and water it almost every 3 to 4 days so that it start the roots but every time it burns and turn black and dont grow :(
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Try to start with a small stem, about 8-10 inch, ensuring that at least one node is in the soil. Place the plant in shade.
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Thanks mehta for all the helpful information. I have a money plant which is growing pretty well however it's leaves turn old very quickly .it gets holes in leaves and seems like have been burnt.also I can seen some mostiques like insects in its soil. It is planted in big sized pot and kept in shade. Can you advise how can I help turn it's leaves look fresh.


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How to grow leaf bigger size...
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My money plant has two stems extending on opposite sides. In between the pot I have inserted a stick for creeping purposes. How can I connect these two stems to the stick so that instead of growing sideways it creeps upwards.
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My money plant in water grew initially fast and has vast roots. However from few weeks it has kind of stopped growing and is remaining with 5 leaves. Its neither dying nor growing any further. Any tips?
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Wait for some time to grow the branches to grow, then tie them up on the stick.
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Can we put used tea leaves n egg shells as a home manure for money plant grown in soil n how often can we use it???
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what kind of water

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what kind of water? a mineral or what?

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You can use normal tap water.
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You can use ised tea leaves and egg shells as manure, once each month.
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I moved my money plant from a drafty window to a room with indirect sunlight and now the leaves are turning yellow. What should I do?
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one day i transfer money plants to bottle to another vial . buy i cut some of roots, then after that all of the died , why?
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can we place it in bedroom?
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Yes, you can place your money plant in bed room. Try to place it in a position where it can receive bright direct or indirect ligth during day.
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Hi, my money plant is big and has long branches. I wrapped the plant around the sticks however they won't stay like that. How can I give them a good shape?
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Wrapping the money plant vine along a stick will not stay. You may tie them with the stick lightly. You can alsu wrap a branch onto the another branch.
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My money plant is growing just vertical.. single branch.. how to make it dense and have more branches? and also need help about how to transplant it from a small pot to a bigger one?
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Cut the growing end of the plant. It will promote more branches. if your plant has grown to a very long height, just cut 8-10 inch long branch below a node and insert it in the soil (node in the soil). It will grow into a new plant.
Transplanting is not a problem. Just tap the pot from outside, or if the pot is a plastic one, press it from several places all around to loosen the soil. Hold the plant between your fingers and palm and upside down the pot to take out the plant. Try not to pull out the pot forcefully, it will damage the roots.
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Hi,

can we place it in bathroom. i dont have enough space at my balcony.

regards
Jai
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Yes, you can place it in bathroom. In fact, the plant is growing well in my daughter's bathroom.
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Hi my money plant pot has earth worm plz tell me what should i do?
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Do nothing. Earth worms in soil is a healthy thing, they make the soil fertile.
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I have placed the money in big glass jar now it is growing I keep changing the water very fifteen days and wash the jar down many roots r coming but the roots have became sticky can I cut it if I cut again roots will grow please let me know
Bhavana
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Changing water is fine, but do not touch and cut the roots. Just change the water 2-3 times with roots in the jar, that will somewhat clean the roots.
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Hi , I have a money plant growing well..but have observed that there are some nodes that are just hanging around ...having no leaves .not sure if those are Stems growing in new branch altogether . I m confused if I should cut them all...it has grown on almost each node and it growing day by day.
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Without seeing picture, I can't say. But most probably these are not new branches, but small roots. If you cut the vine at this point and put in water or soil, then it will make a new plant.
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I have a money plant in water and one in soil, is it OK to put the twigs of yellowed leaves of soil one in water of the other, I heard it acts as fertilizer for it.
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Yes, you can add the old fallen leaves in the soil, but discard the diseased ones.
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I transplanted a money plant to a bottle filled with water 2 days before it's leaves have developed some small brown spots, however plants seems to be alive.
what should I do
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I hope, the part of the stem inside water has at least one node. Wait for a few days, hopefully, the plant will develop new leaves.
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