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Money Trees Leaf and Trunk Health
Money Tree leaf and trunk health

The latest in plant care tips for keeping your foliage happy and healthy, brought to you by premium plant delivery service Léon & George.

Known for its big bushy canopy that can grow to an impressive size, the tropical Money Tree is said to bring good luck and fortune. Typically easy to care for, it does on occasion experience a few issues (in addition to not making it rain 💵). Here are the most common ailments and solutions. 

  • Leaf Discoloration - yellow leaves are a sign that your plant needs more light. White spots or browning leaves could mean that your plant is being burnt in direct light. Money Trees prefer bright, indirect light - somewhere near a window but not in the path of direct sun. Check out our illustrated light guide here

  • Leaf Drop and Wrinkles - the culprit? Temperature fluctuations! Native to the tropics of central and south America, this plant thrives in warm and humid temps, ideally somewhere between 55F to 75F. Add misting to your routine between waterings and your plant will thank you.

  • Trunk health - arguably the most impressive part of the tree, the trunk can fall victim to overwatering and become soggy or wrinkly. Money trees like their soil on the drier side. Make sure the soil is dry to the touch between each watering.

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MONEY TREE

Considered a powerful symbol of good luck and prosperity, it has a meticulously-braided trunk under a beautiful canopy of leaves which expand with time.

A step-by-step guide to pruning your houseplants
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The latest in plant care tips for keeping your foliage happy and healthy, brought to you by premium plant delivery service Léon & George.

Is your houseplant looking a bit wild? Pruning will help with reshaping your plant to a desired look, controlling overgrowth, and encouraging balanced growth. Here are a few tips to help you cut with confidence and success. 

  1. Take a step back, look at the overall shape of your plant & identify which areas to cut back (areas where the branches are leggy, too full, touching the ceiling or wall)

  2. Never take off more than 20% at a time as your plant might freak out. 

  3. Make sure your cutting tool is clean - you're basically creating an open wound, you don't want any harmful bacteria to sneak in. 

  4. Identify where the node is, spots where a leaf or branch is coming out from, and make the cut just above that.

  5. Cut at a 45 degree angle

  6. Be careful for unopened buds! Look carefully and don't slice where a new leaf is forming. 


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MONEY TREE

Considered a powerful symbol of good luck and prosperity. It has a meticulously-braided trunk under a beautiful canopy of leaves which expand with time.

1 ½ft tall with pot & stand: $139

Grow Your Own Luck!
Photo  Large Braided Money Tree  by Léon & George

Photo Large Braided Money Tree by Léon & George

Known to bear luck and prosperity, our Limited Edition Large Braided Money Tree could be the perfect addition to your home this Lunar New Year. Its unique leaf shape, elaborately braided trunk, and a must-have pot of gold make it extremely noteworthy this time of year. Best of all, it’s one of our most easy-care plants.

Diggin’ deeper.

Not familiar with Lunar New Year? Let’s shed some light on the basics:

  • This holiday is based on the lunar calendar (the cycles of the moon)

  • The moon is very powerful - it controls ocean tides, plant growth, and even human behavior, so Lunar New Year celebrations are meant to acknowledge these relationships

  • Festivities begin when the first new moon occurs (anywhere from end of January to mid-February) and they come to a close with the first full moon (15 days later)

  • A new moon signifies new beginnings/the opportunity to move forward with a clean slate - the full moon that follows (15 days later) signifies the completion of one complete moon cycle

  • During this time, feasts, fireworks, and a variety of special ceremonies/festivals are enjoyed

  • It's highly celebrated in Asia and many other parts of the world. It is seen as an opportunity to spend time with family and honor your ancestors

  • For 2018, the first new moon that will kick off the Lunar New Year occurs on Friday, February 16th

Depending on location and culture, celebrations can look vastly different as various traditions and beliefs are honored. What we do know for sure is that the lunar calendar is also often referred to as the agricultural calendar - how suiting? Plant people know what’s up ;)

Increasing your juju.

We all chase positive vibes, good karma, and success in our lives. Can all of this be achieved by acquiring a plant? Who knows! But, the Money Tree is the most popular plant used as a Feng Shui cure. If put in the money area of your home, it is said to increase good fortune and attract wealth energy!

We’ve learned by now that money doesn’t grow on trees, but if something this luscious and lovely could help you prosper even a little bit, why not give it a go? Standing at 4ft tall with canopy-like leaves, this Large Braided Money Tree can liven up any home or office.

Left photo by  Lifestyle Gist  right photo by  Balcony Garden Web

Left photo by Lifestyle Gist right photo by Balcony Garden Web

Caring for these greens.

Light:

  • The Money Tree likes bright light, but it’s best to keep it out of the direct sun

  • It can happily tolerate medium-brightness areas if needed, but may not grow as fast in this environment

Water

  • The Money Tree is a tropical plant that loves humidity

  • Water once a week (or once the top two inches of the soil feels dry to the touch)

Left and right  Large Braided Money Tree  photo by Léon & George

Left and right Large Braided Money Tree photo by Léon & George

We are less than a week away from the commencement of the Lunar New Year, so why not kick it off with some new growth? Get (or gift) a Money Tree!

Best of luck ;)

Green & Trendy in 2018
Photo by  Essential Home  

Photo by Essential Home 

In our previous blog (Fresh Us, Fresh You), we talked about how to better yourself in 2018. To further that notion, we’re sticking to our resolution of providing trendy suggestions that can impact your interiors.

Pull from some of this year’s latest trends to set-up the right vibe for your home or office. If you recognize how to work with what you’ve got, while adding statement items where necessary, you too can accomplish the perfect interior harmony.

To help elevate the ordinary in your space, we’ve compiled our 2018 design recommendations from some of the industry’s leading all-stars:

In Vogue, Alex Papachristidis said:

“Green has been missing from the market lately. It’s a color that I love and will always use and I feel it’s making a comeback. It’s such an important color because it brings nature indoors and into the home.”

Right photo by  @hiltoncarter  left photo  Bird of Paradise  by  Léon & George       

Right photo by @hiltoncarter left photo Bird of Paradise by Léon & George      

In Homes to Love, Emma Vidgen writes:

“As our lives become more hectic and reliant on technology, our desire to reconnect with nature and return to a simpler way of life will be reflected in the design and style of our homes.”

Right photo by  Coco Lapine design  left photo  Monstera Deliciosa  by Léon & George

Right photo by Coco Lapine design left photo Monstera Deliciosa by Léon & George

In the National, Rin Hamburg suggests you:

“Use plants liberally to inject life into your home, but don’t just stick them anywhere. Create large groupings to turn them into a feature, or even max out with a living wall. Alternatively, think of unusual ways to display your plants – hang them from the ceiling or choose unexpected decorative pots. You can also mirror live plants with touches of botanical prints.”

Left photo by  California Home Design , middle photo  Snake Plant  by Léon & George, right photo  Leo's Oyster Bar  in San Francisco, CA

Left photo by California Home Design, middle photo Snake Plant by Léon & George, right photo Leo's Oyster Bar in San Francisco, CA

When revitalizing any space, houseplants are the most direct way to bring nature indoors! A safe place to start is with easy-care plants that fit in even the shadiest of corners in any home or office. Want to be bold? Our large statement plants are an immediate eye-catcher and they make a luscious focal point for any room. Does your apartment lack the floor real estate necessary to house a larger plant? Have no fear - consider some of our NEW tabletop pieces as they are easily workable in confined spaces.

Left photo  Braided Money Tree , middle photo  Zanzibar Gem , and right photo  Peace Lily  by Léon & George

Left photo Braided Money Tree, middle photo Zanzibar Gem, and right photo Peace Lily by Léon & George

Increasing your collection of greenery is a sure way to re-vamp any interior environment this year! Use the tips we’ve compiled to help liven up your home or office, after all, when you’re in a positive place, you’re more likely to pollinate others with your vibrance.

Happy decorating!

Making Sure Plants Survive Your Vacation

Your plants can be okay even if you’re not around to take care of them. With just a tiny bit of advance prep, you can leave home for weeks at a time without killing off your leafy green friends.

Some tips:

  • If you’re leaving for a week or less, a good soaking will be all you need. You normally don’t want to oversaturate the soil with water, but this is an exception. As always, be sure not to leave any standing water in the saucer, as that may result in pests or root rot.

  • If you’re leaving for a couple of weeks, after watering as described above, try putting some moss, leaves, wood chips, or pebbles on top of the exposed soil. Basically any natural material than can keep moisture in. Our plants at Léon & George come with green moss on top that’s decorative but also helps the soil retain moisture.

  • If you’re leaving for a really long time, well that sounds pretty exciting, but it also means you’ll have to cover the plant in a plastic bag to help keep moisture in. Make sure the bag sits above the top of the pot, and keep it off the foliage with some sticks. Cut some slits in the bag to make sure the plant can still breathe. Alternatively, you may consider simply asking a friend to come water the plants for you.

  • Plants that like humidity may do better in the bathroom while you’re gone, provided there’s a source of light in there. But remember not to give plants more light than they’re used to getting, because that might stimulate growth which uses up more water.

  • For the same reason as above, don’t feed the plant any fertilizer in the days and weeks before you leave, as that will also stiumlate growth at the wrong time.

  • Prune off any unhealthy, dead or dying leaves by plucking them off if they come out easily, or by cutting them with a sharp scissor at the base of the stem. In doing so, the plant will waste less energy trying to keep those leaves alive.

If you’re looking for a quick and stress-free way of getting beautiful houseplants, try Léon & George. We have a great selection of easy-care plants and beautiful pots and deliver them right to your door.