The Q&A Archives: Money Tree

Question: Will my money tree seedlings do okay if I transplant them to my L A garden? I have grown them outside in small planters and now they are about 6 " high. How much sun, water, fertilizer etc do they need? I have been unsuccessful in the past growing them as they always died as seedlings indoors. Now that they are thriving outside in their pots I want to take best care of them to ensure they survive the heat etc. I am not sure these plants are native to California. I have never seen them grow out here so any help you can give me will be very much appreciated. Thank you.

Answer: Eucalyptus is usually called the money tree and the leaves are fragrant when crushed. If this is your plant, provide full sunshine and keep the soil on the dry side. Eucalyptus do not generally need to be fertilized, and because they are native to Australia, tolerate hot, dry conditions. Be careful not to over-water and your little trees should thrive.

There's a perennial (Lunaria) often called money plant. It's an upright, bushy plant that produces silvery, papery seed pods which are often used in dried flower arrangements. If this is what you're growing, provide full sun to part afternoon shade, and well-draining soil. These are easy plants to grow, as long as you don't over-water. You can feed every 3-4 weeks with a diluted liquid fertilizer throughout the growing season. If you allow the seed pods to remain over the winter months, the seeds will drop to the ground and germinate the following spring. Lunaria has a reputation for self-sowing and taking over a garden area!

Good luck with your money plants!

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