Golden Money PlantSaturday, March 28, 2009
The one I have in my garden bears flower when the weather is cool for a long period of time. The flower is cream coloured and the shape looks like an anthurium's bloom (spadix and spathe). There is a myth that says if the plant bears flower, good fortune will come to you. As for me, I keep this plant in my house not for this reason though, but because it looks strong and healthy with its fat midrib. The deep green leaves are thick and glossy and will not wither unless they are too dry.
When I first got this plant from my sister-in-law, I almost killed it due to over-watering. I used to water it everyday. Then the leaves turned yellow at the tips. After I trimmed all the unhealthy stems (you can see these cut stems in the picture below) I started a new watering schedule i.e. watering it only once a week. Months later, new stems began to grow and the plant looks very healthy even with nominal fertiliser. I have also propagated this plant, which is known by botanist as Zamioculcas Zamiifolia, using a section of a stem and given baby plants away. It makes a really nice gift!