welcome fortune and prosperity into your home or office with these feng shui-approved plants
The practice of feng shui focuses on balancing the elements of your home to create an auspicious, positive and free flow of energy throughout the space. Using feng shui principles, you can also incorporate houseplants into your designs to encourage and invite the energies of wealth, prosperity, and good luck to enter your home.
the best plants for wealth, prosperity and luck in feng shui
The best plants for wealth, prosperity and luck in feng shui include plants with smooth and/or rounded coin-shaped leaves that do not have sharp edges or silhouettes. Some of the most auspicious plants in feng shui include lucky bamboo, money trees, golden pothos, hade plants, and boston ferns.
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the role of plants in feng shui
feng shui is about creating a home design that encourages a balanced, positive and nurturing energy within your home. this harmony of energy is achieved in part by balancing the elements of wood, earth, metal, water, and fire in each space of your home.
all these elements are represented by different types of objects, materials and colors. plants are associated with wood energy. Since they need to be watered, they can also sometimes be associated with the energy of water.
Wood energy, like that attracted and generated by houseplants, adds growth, flexibility, vitality, the human heart, and friendliness to a space.
on wealth, prosperity and luck in feng shui and on the bagua map
Feng shui design is based on a graphic called a bagua map. The bagua map can be used to divide the house (as a whole), each room, or even each surface into separate sections. each section corresponds to an area of life, an element (and its corresponding colors, shapes, and materials), and a cardinal direction.
- north – run; water element
- northwest – helpful people and travel; metal element
- west – children and creativity; metal element
- southwest – love and associations; earth element
- south – fame and reputation; fire element
- southeast – wealth and prosperity; wood element
- east – family and health; wood element
- northeast – knowledge and cultivation; earth element
- center – health and wellness; earth element
with a bagua map, the cardinal points are aligned with north at the main entrance of the house or a room; they are not actually aligned with the actual cardinal points and the orientation of the house with a compass.
The plants can be placed in places in the house that correspond to the sections of the bagua map that are associated with the element of wood. however, they can also be placed in those sections of rooms in other corners of the house to attract growth and vitality to other areas of your life. For example, to bring positive energy into the career section of your life, you could place a houseplant in the east or southeast corner of the north portion of your home.
For more information, check out our detailed guides on the best feng shui plants for living rooms, hallways, kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, office desks, and the front door.
the best plants for wealth, prosperity and luck in feng shui
When selecting houseplants for feng shui purposes, it is important to choose healthy plants that generally have smooth or rounded leaves to attract the most positive types of energy. These types of plants are considered auspicious. on the other hand, diseased, dying, dead, sharp, or spiky plants can create negative energy (poison arrows) in a space.
1. rubber plant (ficus elastica)
Rubber plants are said to attract good luck, wealth and prosperity in feng shui. they need bright, filtered sunlight, evenly moist soil, and a well-draining container to thrive.
These plants have glossy green, oval-shaped leaves and can grow 8 to 11 feet tall indoors. while this height is more manageable than the nearly 100 feet they can reach in their natural habitat, it’s best to place yours in a location large enough to not create energy blocks or draw too much energy into a small space.
2. citrus (citrus)
All fruit-bearing plants are considered prosperous and lucky in feng shui, even if they are unlikely to actually flower and bear fruit when grown indoors. Plants, such as citrus trees (orange, lemon, grapefruit, or lime), can help create abundance, growth, and positive energy in any aspect of your life, depending on their location on the bagua map.
Citrus trees require as much bright, direct sunlight as possible each day; more than six hours is ideal. therefore, unless you have a very sunny spot in your home to support a healthy and thriving citrus tree, it might be advisable to choose a different plant from this list because diseased and troubled plants can generate negative energy.
3. ficus ginseng (ficus retusaandficus microcarpa)
ficus ginseng plants are considered lucky in feng shui. They can also generate an energy of abundance and wealth as they are members of the fig family and can bear fruit. In addition, ficus ginseng plants are experts in purifying the air.
Ficus ginseng plants are commonly grown as bonsai trees. They develop thick, bulbous trunks from which delicate branches of soft, ovate leaves sprout. These plants require full sun, moisture (spraying the leaves with water daily can be beneficial), and evenly moist soil in a well-draining pot to thrive.
4. jade plant (crassula ovata)
Jade plants are so strongly associated with good luck, wealth, and prosperity that other common names for them include money plant and lucky plant. These succulents have smoothly rounded, coin-shaped leaf segments and sturdy brown stems that look like small tree trunks.
Jade plants require at least six hours of bright sunlight each day; younger plants prefer indirect or filtered sunlight and more mature plants prefer some direct sunlight. Generously water a jade plant when the soil has completely dried out, allowing all excess water to drain from the pot. With proper care, jade plants are not overly susceptible to pests and diseases.
Jade plants are also relatively slow growing and won’t take up any space in your home or office.
5. Aloe Vera (Aloe Vera)
Aloe vera plants have spiny, sharp, lance-shaped leaf segments that would normally be associated with negative energy and poisonous arrows in feng shui. therefore, it is somewhat surprising that aloe vera is considered an auspicious plant in feng shui that attracts positive energy and good luck into the home. This is due in large part to its known health and healing properties.
Aloe vera plants are desert succulents and require similar conditions to grow well. Yours will need well-draining soil, lots of direct sunlight, a warm location, and very little watering. an aloe vera plant should only be watered once every two to three weeks in the summer and even less during the winter dormant period.
6. money tree plant (pachira aquatica)
Another plant commonly known as the money tree, pachira aquatica is believed to attract the energy of luck, wealth and prosperity in feng shui. They have smooth, wavy, oval leaves and strong brown stems that typically twist as they grow.
Money trees grow best when placed in a location free from hot or cold drafts and dry. Additionally, you’ll want to make sure your money tree gets plenty of bright, filtered sunlight while keeping its soil evenly moist but never soggy. money trees are particularly susceptible to root rot.
7. parlor palm (chamaedorea elegans)
In feng shui, parlor palms are classified as good luck plants. They have thick tufts of soft palm fronds that sprout in all directions and are perfect for attracting positive energy while absorbing and neutralizing negative poison arrows. In feng shui, indoor palms are generally used to bring balance and harmony to interior spaces. they are also excellent air purifiers.
Parlor palms thrive in medium to bright indirect or filtered sunlight in warm, humid environments. water a parlor palm only when the soil has dried out and allow any excess water to drain from the pot.
8. spider plants (chlorophytum comosum)
spider plants are lucky plants that attract positive energy wherever they are placed in a home. they also have powerful air purification abilities that will enhance any indoor environment.
spider plants are one of the easiest and most adaptable houseplants to grow, making them the perfect choice for a novice gardener with high feng shui aspirations, as it won’t be difficult to maintain yours healthy and prosperous in your home. For best results, provide your spider plant with a well-draining potting mix, consistent watering, plenty of direct and indirect sunlight, and sufficient moisture.
9. basil (ocimum basilicum)
in feng shui, basil is a popular choice to place near the front door. its aromatic qualities are believed to invite positive and healing energy within. In feng shui, basil can also absorb negative energy, especially from any sick people in the house.
Because it is an herb, basil is also an appropriate plant to place in the home kitchen. however, be careful not to put too many live plants of the wood element in your kitchen, which is associated with fire. Since the wood element feeds the fire element in feng shui, this could create an unbalanced energy in this area of your home.
To grow well, basil needs six to eight hours of sunlight every day and soil that stays moist. therefore, you’ll need to provide yours with about an inch of water each week (more in hot, dry weather and less in cold, humid weather).
10. lucky bamboo (dracaena sanderiana)
lucky bamboo is not bamboo at all; it is a type of dracaena plant. however, its slender stems and soft leaf buds resemble bamboo grass, hence the plant’s common name.
In feng shui, lucky bamboo is a very popular plant for attracting good luck, prosperity and wealth. with its tall, slender stems it also provides the perfect shape to enhance the wood element in your designs.
Lucky bamboo is also quite easy to grow. It prefers part shade to medium filtered sunlight and can be grown in pretty water vases with decorated water beads. just be sure to change the water often to prevent bacteria growth and any unpleasant odors that can dampen all the positive energy.
11. orchids (orchidaceae)
Orchids are believed to bring prosperity, good luck and happiness. they also have strong associations with fertility, femininity, and romance. In feng shui, they can be placed in any area of the bagua map to promote fertility, abundance, and good luck. Although plants are generally considered too high-energy to be placed in the bedroom, orchids are one of the few types of plants that can be placed in the bedroom to enhance relationships and marriage.
Although there are tens of thousands of species of orchids, each with slightly different environmental and care requirements, most prefer bright, filtered sunlight in a location with moderate to high humidity, and should have a well-contained container. drain with a soilless potting medium.
12. arrowhead plant (syngonium podophyllum)
The arrowhead plant gets its name from the shape of its attractive variegated leaves that feature five lobes apiece. in feng shui, these five lobes correspond to the five elements, creating a perfect balance of energy within the plant. this generates an incredibly positive, balanced and harmonious energy in any space that can attract good luck.
While these plants prefer high humidity, they can survive in moderate to medium indoor humidity. they prefer medium to bright indirect sunlight. direct sun can burn its delicate leaves.
13. peace lily (spathiphyllum)
In feng shui, peace lilies are said to convert negative energy or poisonous arrows into positive energy with their soft, flowing leaves and delicate white flowers. For best results, place yours in a place in your home where you may experience more stress than usual, such as inside the home office.
Peace lilies like to have moderately moist soil at all times and do not tolerate direct sunlight well. as a result, any direct sun can dry out and burn its leaves. place yours in a spot where it gets a lot of indirect filtered sunlight.
14. boston fern (nephrolepis exaltata)
Boston Ferns, with their soft, flowing tendrils, are considered lucky plants in feng shui that have the power to generate positive energy and absorb negative energy.
These plants require frequent watering, a humid environment, and filtered sunlight, making them a good choice for placement in or near a bathroom in your home, as this is typically the moistest place where sunlight direct is usually not a problem with all windows covered.
15. snake plant (dracaena trifasciata)
Despite their tough, pointed, lance-shaped leaves, snake plants are actually associated with good luck and positive energy in feng shui. this could be due to the fact that they have an incredible ability to purify the air and are also easy to grow and care for.
With their upward-pointing leaves, snake plants can balance the heavy downward energy of ceiling fixtures like fans or beams. snake plants can thrive in almost any light level, but prefer bright indirect sun.
16. golden pothos (epipremnum aureum)
golden pothos is one of the plants most strongly associated with positive energy in feng shui. This is thanks to the plant’s drooping vines with soft, heart-shaped leaves, its incredible hardiness, and the easy way it grows. golden pothos plants can not only generate their own positive energy of good luck, but also absorb negative energy in a space.
These plants can thrive almost anywhere, so in feng shui practices, it’s best to place them in dark corners of your home (like the tops of cabinets), where positive energy can get trapped and decrease.
17. African violets (streptocarpus sect. saintpaulia)
African violets have soft, hairy, round leaves that symbolize wealth and often bloom with purple flowers, a color that symbolizes prosperity. In feng shui, these pretty plants can attract the energies of good luck, prosperity, and wealth.
African violets have a reputation for being delicate and difficult to grow, but the main concern is how they are watered. if you plant yours in a self-watering container that provides moisture from the bottom up, then you should have no problem growing healthy plants.
18. jasmine plants (jasmine)
Thanks to their lovely floral fragrance, jasmine plants are associated with positive energy and abundant romance in feng shui, making them another suitable choice (especially their cut flowers) for the bedroom.
To grow a jasmine plant indoors, you’ll need a fairly sunny location that provides the plant with at least six hours of full sun per day and two to four hours of partial sun or shade per day. they also require evenly moist soil and prefer moderate to high humidity.
19. Chinese evergreen (aglaonema)
Chinese evergreens are a popular houseplant thanks to their attractive variegated foliage often containing bright red or silver markings on a vibrant green background. these plants symbolize nature and purity and, in feng shui, attract positive energy and bring good luck.
Aglaonema plants thrive in full shade or partially filtered sun and prefer evenly moist soil that never becomes soggy or waterlogged. water only when the soil has completely dried out.
Happy, healthy plants for a richer, luckier, more prosperous home
Whenever using plants in feng shui designs, keep in mind that the health of the plant is of paramount importance. Placing a lucky plant in a place in your home that does not provide the right environment for the plant to thrive will cause the plant’s health to deteriorate and subsequently create negative energy in the space.
so when shopping for feng shui plants for your home, pay close attention to their care and environmental requirements to ensure you have a happy, healthy plant that produces lots of positive energy.
feng shui plants and the home
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