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How to Grow Lunaria, the "Money Plant"

Lunaria, or Honesty flowers, are also commonly called "Money Plants", because their prolific seed pods resemble coins. They are popular in home gardens and flowerbeds. The visual display of seed pods turn from green to golden brown. After the seed pods and stems have turned golden and dried, they can be used in dried floral arrangements and last for extended periods of time.

Lunaria, or Honesty plants, have large green leaves and is a biennial. Plant them year one, and they will bloom the following year.

If you want a low maintenance flower, you have come to the right plant. They are very easy to grow and experience few problems.

Plant Height: 2' - 3'


Plant Propagation:

Lunaria are grown from seeds. Sow Lunaria seeds (or Honesty seeds) early in the season, and cover lightly with soil. They germinate easily and will grow large green leaves in the first year.

Select a location in your garden where they can grow undisturbed for years and years. After blooming, they will drop seeds and regenerate year after year.

Tip: Because Lunaria are biennials, if you want flowers every year, you have to plant them two years in a row.

Days to Germination: 14 -16


How to Grow Lunaria Plants:

Lunaria are easy to grow and require little to no attention. They can be grown in almost any soils and thrive in partial and shady areas. They should have at least four to six hours of sunshine.

Once your Lunaria is started, you can largely leave it to itself. Water them only during droughts when the soil has dried out. You can also add a general purpose fertilizer once a month if growth seems slow and especially in very poor soils.

Add mulch around the plants for appearance and to keep weeds down.

Flowers grow on long, sturdy stalks. After the small flowers have bloomed in early summer, flat green pods develop and the seed is inside. Over the summer months the pods and stalks will dry and turn a golden brown color. For dried flower arrangements, cut the stalks low to the ground. Work carefully so you do not break the pods off the stalks. When putting the arrangement together, trim the stalks to the desired length.

Flowers Bloom: Summer


Insect and Disease:

You should experience few insect and disease problems with Lunaria. Apply insecticide or fungicide only as needed.


More Information:

Honesty This site by the UK Government database, talks about growing, harvesting and using the oil of Lunaria for several purposes, including treatment for Multiple Sclerosis.

How to Grow Lunaria Plants

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