The money tree can easily be propagated by yourself using both shoot and leaf cuttings. You can find the relevant instructions here.
It remains to be seen whether the multiplication of the money tree (Crassula ovata) multiplies its auspicious and money-blessing effect. The fact is, however, that the easy-care houseplant is very easy to propagate and, with good care, is almost always successful. Incidentally, this applies to almost all thick-leaf plants (Crassulaceae): The succulents all form roots more or less quickly – even if only individual leaves are available as propagation material.
When can you multiply the money tree?
The right period for propagation is not as crucial for the money tree as it is for many other houseplants. In principle, the spring and summer months are best because the money tree is then fully growing and has a lot of light and heat available. But even in the dormant phase in late autumn and winter, reproduction succeeds without any problems – even if it can then take a few more weeks for the cuttings to form their own roots.
Propagate money tree by shoot cuttings
Cuttings of the money tree quickly form new roots in a water glass
If you only need a few new money trees, you should simply cut off a few shots and place them in a water glass. When the plant is cut regularly, there is enough propagation material. This is necessary anyway so that the crown of the money tree does not lose its shape over time. You have probably already observed that the plant forms small clusters of aerial roots in places on the leaf nodes.
These are the ideal places to use the scissors because these roots turn into real roots in the water within a few weeks. In general, you should first defoliate the freshly cut shoot pieces only in the lower section and then leave them to air dry for two to three days before placing them in a water glass. All interfaces must dry well to keep the risk of fungal infection as low as possible. Change the water every few days to prevent contamination and place the glass in a bright, warm place. By the way: The cuttings tend to form roots faster in a dark cup than in a real glass because the surroundings are a little darker.
Instead of putting the cuttings in a water glass, you can of course also put them directly into pots with soil. But insert the offshoot deep enough as it is quite top-heavy due to the heavy leaves and easily tips over if it does not have enough support. By the way, they should have a minimum length of about seven centimeters and about half of the leaves should be defoliated.
Then keep the substrate evenly moist, but avoid waterlogging. Instead of conventional potting soil, you should use cactus soil because it has better water drainage. A transparent cover made of foil or solid plastic is not necessary, not even in a very bright to a sunny location. As a succulent plant, the money tree shoot is naturally well protected from drying out – even if it does not yet have roots.
Propagate money tree by leaf cuttings
If you are currently not pruning your money tree, but still want to propagate it, there is a second option: Propagating the plants with leaf cuttings. The procedure is similar to the method mentioned above, but it only works if you put the leaves in the soil. Here we show you how to do it.
First, find a couple of suitable leaves from your money tree and carefully pluck them off with your fingers. The leaves should be as large and bright green as possible. If they are already pale green to slightly yellowish and easily detach from the shoot, they are no longer suitable for propagation. Let the leaves as well as the shoot pieces lie in the air for about two days before sticking so that the wounds can dry up a little.
A normal pot with a drain hole is suitable for sticking the leaves. If you want to grow several plants, you should put the cuttings in a seed tray or a shallow clay bowl with succulent soil. Make sure that each leaf is about halfway in the ground so that it has good contact with the ground and cannot tip over.
After plugging, you must moisten the leaves and the substrate in the seed container well – preferably with an atomizer. The leaves and the later young plants must not be kept too moist under any circumstances, otherwise, they will start to rot.
Place the container in a light and warm place and always make sure that the soil is always slightly damp. Depending on the season, light, and temperature, it takes about six to eight weeks for small new shoots and leaflets to sprout on both sides of the set leaves. From this point on, you can already transplant the young plants into individual pots.