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What are the instructions for trimming a money tree?

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To trim a money tree, cut the branch with pruning sheers at a 45-degree angle just above a leaf or node. To ensure continued growth, leave at least two-thirds of the branch intact. Winter is the best time to prune a money tree, as the plant lies dormant.

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To maintain the desired height of the plant, cut off the top branches. Cut away any new, smaller growth at the base of the plant to divert the plant’s energy back to the trunk and top foliage. Remove any unsightly dead or dying growth by marking 3 inches past the dead growth and cutting at least 1 inch away from the trunk.

Money trees make ideal houseplants, though they are winter-hardy in zones 10 through 12. The plants thrive in filtered light in locations away from irregular airflow, such as drafty windows or vents. The plants prefer weekly watering and humid air. For indoor plants, mist them regularly with water to simulate humidity.

Fertilize the plants with 20-20-20 fertilizer once a month during the growing season, and cease fertilizing during the dormant winter months. To prevent potbound plants, replant them in a larger container when roots emerge from the holes in the bottom of the pot.

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