About Money Plant: In colonial American times, this plant was a popular choice in flower gardens because of its ornamental properties when dried. The silvery, nearly transparent seed pods led to many common names such as Honesty, Moonflower, and Silver Pennies. According to historical record, Thomas Jefferson once grew this species in his extensive experimental gardens at Monticello. The genus name Lunaria means “moon,” referring to the appearance of the seed pods.
Money Plant Germination: Direct sow seeds in early fall, planting them just below the surface of the soil. For spring planting, mix the seeds with moist sand and store in the refrigerator for 60 days before planting; keep the soil lightly moist until germination. This seed can also be started indoors 6-8 weeks before planting in the spring. Plant two seeds in each peat pot and keep the soil moist until germination. Since these plants dislike having their roots disturbed, plant them outdoors as soon as possible after the last chance of frost.
Growing Money Plant Seeds: Water seedlings until they become established. Mature plants also appreciate occasional watering, though they also tolerate drought. This plant usually produces only foliage in its first year, coming to its full height and blooming in the second. The flowers of this plant attract bees and butterflies. This plant usually self-sows in good growing conditions.
Harvesting Money Plant: These ornamental seed pods make long-lasting additions to dried flower arrangements. After the pods have completely dried on the plant, cut the stems and hang them upside down in a dry place until the entire stem is dry. If desired, carefully remove the outer layer of the seed pods to reveal the silvery inner layer.
Saving Money Plant Seeds: After the seed pods have dried on the plant, remove them and spread them out to dry completely. Open the pods to remove the flat seeds. Store the seeds in a cool, dry place.
Detailed Money Plant Info: Origin: Introduced US Wildflower Other Common Names: Silver Dollar Plant, Honesty, Moonwort, Bolbonac Duration: Biennial Bloom Time: Spring Height: 18-30 inches Spacing: 10-12 inches Light: Full Sun to Part Shade Soil Moisture: Medium USDA Zone: 2a-9b Seeds Per Oz: 1,500 Produces a plant with large serrated leaves, clusters of fuchsia flowers, and round silvery seed pods.