Stacks of CoinsSaturday, October 24, 2009
The coin-like round leaves of Carissa Macrocarpa give it its common name, Coin Plant. During Chinese New Year, this is one of the many popular plants that many nurseries will stock up as many Chinese like to adorn their homes with plants that carry symbolic meanings of good fortune, happiness and prosperity.
Personally, I like this plant due to its remarkably shiny and dense dark green leaves. The more you prune the plant, the bushier and nicer it would look. The only problem I have with it is getting it to bloom.
To date, I have only seen two small white star-shaped flowers, on two occasions. Both blooms were from another Coin Plant that I have propagated using stems from this 'mother' plant. I have however not seen this mother plant bloom before since growing it for more than two years.
Upon checking, I learnt that the plant do bear red fruit. Maybe my garden is too hot for the plant to bear any flowers or fruits. Or could it be that mine is a 'male' plant?
The plant grows in moderate speed. The pic below shows how the plant looked six months ago, just after pruning.
For me, this plant is easy to grow and propagate using its stem. I place my Coin Plant at a spot that receives morning sun in my garden.