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Good Luck and Good Fortune: Pachira Money Tree Plant Care Tips

January 25th, 2012
Horty Girl Pachira aquatica money tree

Perfect for Chinese New Year, weddings, house warming and those just because moments...

The Pachira is also known as the Money Tree or Pachira aquatica.  It has a thin trunk that is often braided to add to its unique look, with 5 bright green leaflets.  According to feng shui, the pachira money tree is said to bring good luck and good fortune.  The hardy Pachira can be grown indoors or outdoors, and will range in size depending on environment.

The Money tree likes bright indirect light, with a combination of both hours of shade and sunlight.  Careful not to expose to direct sunlight as the leaves may begin to burn.  For watering your pachira money tree plant, you should let the soil dry between waterings.  The plant would fall into the low maintenance plant category, very similar to a Marginata plant care – you can follow those directions here.

A FOOLPROOF METHOD TO WATER PACHIRA MONEY TREE PLANTS, using a Horty Girl Smart Stick, place the Smart Stick into the soil and pull it out. Feel/notice if it feels dry, wet or moist – If the stick feels DRY, it’s time to water it.  You can also use a bamboo stick for the same effect. 

Do you have any pets? Pachira is non toxic to pets, but if it is ingested, pets may experience symptoms of diarrhea or mild vomiting.  This is similar to when pets eat grass.

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Enjoy the fresh lemon smell all year round – Repotting your (Grinchy) Cypress tree

January 13th, 2012
Cupressus macrocarpa grinch tree

What to do with your Grinch Tree

HortyGirl Grinchy trees were a fabulous hit this past holiday season! The Grinchy or Cypress tree can easily be undressed and replanted to allow you to enjoy it all year long.

Check out of the photos below to find out how to undress your grinchy tree :).  Click on each photo to see it larger.





The Lemon Cypress – also known as a “Goldcrest Wilma” or Cupressus Macrocarpa is an evergreen tree with delicate, feathery and bright foliage.  The leaves when touched or crushed give a lemony smell (hint the name of Lemon Cypress).  If you have sensitive skin, be careful touching the leaves as it could cause skin irritations.  Be sure to use garden gloves when handling the plant if this is the case.  Goldcrest Wilmas can grow up to (eventually) 9 feet.  Pruning should be done regularly to maintain the desired shape of the plant.

Native to California, the Lemon Cypress like their soil to be moist but not soggy, but do not like the soil to dry out between watering.  Cypress can be placed in a sunny window or shady spot.  In the spring time, replant these trees in an 8-10 inch pit that has drainage holes.  You can use general outdoor potting mix and water well through dry spells.  To prevent the top layer of soil from hardening, top the soil off with a lavel of pebbles or good mulch – this will make watering easier through the summer.  You should gradually transition your tree to the outdoors by placing it in partially sunny place.  These plants can also be brought back in for the winter and even make a create holiday decor with a set of mini white lights.

For a foolproof method of watering your Lemon Cypress Wilma trees, use a bamboo skewer or Horty Girl Smart Stick.  Place the stick into the soil and pull it out.  Feel/notice if it feels dry, wet or moist – if the stick feels dry, its time to water it.  

These plants are acceptable for both indoor and outdoor climates.  These trees can be a good planting bed option as they can grow rather slowly (dependent upon your climate).  Lemon Cypress are rated as hardy down to freezing temperatures; although they are known be healthy living trees that have survived well below freezing (in ground).  In the lower mainland of BC, Vancouver Island, Washington and Oregon; these trees would be hardy through most winters.  For the interior of BC, the Prairies and Eastern Canada; these trees would not be considered hardy for outdoors year round.  As a general rule, in colder climates, the trees could come indoors around Halloween and go back out around Easter.  Always remember to transition plants from indoors to outdoors and vice verse.  An unheated garage is a good transition space.  Re-introduce plants to full sun gradually. 

Did you receive one of these from the Holiday?? How are they doing??

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Take my coat off after the holiday season

January 10th, 2012
Horty Girl holiday christmas coat product

Take my coat off after the holidays

Dress me up or dress me down!

Horty Girl offered its regular plant selection in Jade, Tropical palm, Zebra hawarthia, Sansevieria and Marginata all dressed up for the holiday season.

Now that the holidays are over… these coats can be removed and taken off the glass vase for a fresh look for the new year. Simply slide the christmas coat off the glass vase, towards the bottom to avoid disturbing the plant.  To read more on plant care of your plant, please check out the Plant Care Guide and Identification page on the left side of this page.

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