When should I repot my money tree?

Answered by Frank Schwing

When it comes to repotting a money tree plant, timing is key. The best time to repot your money tree is in the spring or summer months. During this time, the plant is in its active growing phase, and it will have a better chance of adjusting to its new pot and soil.

However, it’s important to note that money trees don’t require frequent repotting. In fact, they only need to be repotted every two to three years, or when their roots have outgrown their current pot.

So how do you know if it’s time to repot your money tree? One telltale sign is if you notice the roots starting to poke out from the drainage holes at the bottom of the pot. This indicates that the plant has run out of space and needs a larger container to continue growing.

Another indication is if the plant is top-heavy and prone to tipping over. This could be a sign that the roots are overcrowded and not providing enough stability for the plant.

When repotting your money tree, it’s important to choose a pot that is slightly larger than the current one. This will allow room for the roots to spread out and grow. Additionally, make sure the new pot has drainage holes to prevent waterlogging, as money trees prefer well-draining soil.

Before repotting, gently remove the money tree from its current pot, being careful not to damage the roots. If the roots are tightly packed, you can gently loosen them to encourage new growth.

When selecting new soil for your money tree, opt for a well-draining mix that retains moisture without becoming waterlogged. You can find specific potting mixes designed for houseplants or create your own by combining equal parts of peat moss, perlite, and coarse sand.

Once the money tree is in its new pot, gently fill in the gaps with fresh soil, making sure not to bury the stem too deeply. Water the plant thoroughly to help settle the soil and promote root establishment.

After repotting, it’s important to monitor your money tree for signs of stress. Keep it in a location with bright, indirect light and avoid exposing it to extreme temperature fluctuations. Also, be mindful not to overwater the plant, as this can lead to root rot.

The best time to repot a money tree plant is in the spring or summer. However, they only need to be repotted every two to three years, or when the roots have outgrown the current pot. By choosing the right pot size, well-draining soil, and providing proper care after repotting, your money tree will continue to thrive and bring you good fortune.