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Pruning Your Prosperity: a Step-By-Step Guide on How to Trim a Money Tree

Money trees are popular houseplants believed to bring good luck and prosperity to their owners. However, to keep them healthy and thriving, it is important to prune them regularly. Pruning a money tree can initially seem intimidating, but it is a simple and easy task with the right tools and techniques. In this article, we will provide a step-by-step guide on how to trim a money tree and keep it looking beautiful.

Understand Why Pruning is Important

Pruning a money tree is essential to its growth and development. It helps remove dead or diseased branches, improve the plant’s shape and structure, promote new growth, and prevent overcrowding. By removing dead or diseased branches, you are preventing the spread of disease and promoting the plant’s overall health. Pruning stimulates new growth and encourages branching, resulting in a fuller, bushier plant.

Gather the Right Tools

Before you start pruning, ensure you have the right tools. You will need a pair of sharp, clean pruning shears and a clean cloth or paper towel to wipe the blades between cuts. Using dull or dirty pruning shears can damage the plant and increase the disease risk.

Identify the Branches to Prune

Inspect your money tree for any dead, diseased, or damaged branches. Dead branches will be brown and brittle, while diseased branches may have spots or discoloration. It would help if you also looked for branches crossing or rubbing against each other, as these can cause damage and create openings for disease.

Start Pruning

Once you have identified the branches to prune, it’s time to start cutting. Make sure your pruning shears are clean and sharp, and start by making a clean cut just above the branch collar, which is the swollen area where the branch meets the trunk. It will help to promote healing and prevent the spread of disease.

Avoid Over-Pruning

While pruning is important, doing just what is necessary is important. Removing too many branches can stress the plant and slow its growth. Generally, you should only remove up to 20% of the plant’s foliage at one time. If you are still determining how much to prune, start with a small amount and monitor the plant’s response.

Shape The Plant

In addition to removing dead or diseased branches, pruning can also shape the plant and promote a bushier, fuller growth habit. To shape your money tree, look for any branches growing in a direction you don’t want and prune them back to a healthy bud or side shoot. You can also trim the tips of the branches to encourage branching and create a fuller, more compact shape.

Monitor the plant’s response

After pruning, monitor your money tree’s response over the next few weeks. Look for signs of new growth and watch for any signs of stress, such as wilting or yellowing leaves. Adjust your watering or lighting to help the plant recover if you notice any problems.


Pruning is an essential part of caring for a money tree. It helps to promote the plant’s overall health and encourages new growth. Following the steps outlined in this article, you can prune your money tree with confidence and keep it looking beautiful for years to come. Finally, if you have any questions about pruning or need more tips and advice, feel free to contact us, and we’ll be happy to provide more information. Pruning is a fun and rewarding activity that can take a garden to the next level.

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