Do You have a Money Tree?
You can grow your own money tree. They are very easy to grow but, alas, you cannot use their leaves to buy things.
The Money Tree is only one of the names given to this lovely plant, Crassula ovata. It is known by many other names:
- Jade Plant
- Friendship tree
- Lucky Plant
- Dollar plant
It is thought that there should be a Jade plant or Money tree at the front door of every home to make prosperity flow into a house.
The Money plant or Jade tree makes a great bonsai plant. A bonsai plant is kept to under one metre tall (3 feet). It is kept in a small flat pot to restrict its root system. It looks like a miniature plant.
I have a plant also called a Jade tree that my Mum started about 35 years ago. It has gone through dry times when it became stunted and thin, and well watered times when it looks luscious and green. You know how it is, people don't always know the correct name for their plant. It turns out the one I have is Crassula Portulacaria, also called Baby Jade or Elephant's Food or Elephant Bush. Apparently elephants liked to nibble on the tips of it. Of course it grew a lot bigger in its native Africa out in the wild.