The Lunar New Year is upon us!
This can mean a multitude of different things, like overly curious aunts asking when you’re getting married, receiving ang pow (red money packets) if you’re still single in 2021, and spending time with the family while enjoying a delicious meal.
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but in the run up to lunar new year 2021, and with covid-19 still around (sadly), now seems like the perfect time to tidy up your home before the festivities begin.
Indoor plants present one of the easiest and most hassle-free ways to start your Lunar New Year decorations. But what sets these plants apart is the fact that they’re also great for feng shui, an ancient Chinese philosophy that revolves around the need for balance between objects in living spaces and the natural world.
here are 9 houseplants that are sure to help you find the optimal balance for feng shui this lunar new year.
1. money tree.
The money tree, also known as pachira aquatica, is a great way to (as the name suggests) attract and enhance wealth and abundance. Some good news for new plant parents: It’s also very easy to take care of, since it grows well indoors and has a high tolerance for low-light environments.
2. snake plant.
Despite feng shui putting an emphasis on staying away from ‘sharp’ shapes, especially since they resemble poison arrows, the snake plant is often unfairly lumped in this category.
However, depending on the position in which it is placed, the snake plant can repel negative energy, feng shui experts say. it basically acts as a shield in any space where you place it. Snake plants are recommended to be placed on balconies or any outdoor space. in this way, the ‘shield’ it provides will be working at an optimal level.
3. monstera plant.
Monstera plants have been a huge hit among new and experienced plant parents alike, loved for their photogenic looks and wide scale of growth. You can get ones that sit perfectly on a tabletop, as well as variants that tower over their human caretakers.
monstera are true climbers as they grow, which means expansion, connection and upward growth throughout the year.
4. sage plant.
The sage plant represents immortality, longevity, wisdom, and the granting of wishes. And like a lot of living things on Earth, sage plants require a lot of light in order to grow into their best forms.
Six to eight hours of full sun a day, in fact. so it’s best to keep these cuties by a window.
5. fiddle leaf fig tree.
The Fiddle Leaf Fig tree requires a lot of TLC. But in providing the plant with the attention and care it needs, feng shui experts say it helps cultivate kindness. The plant’s soft bowl-shaped leaves also help promote a sense of gentle calm and firm support.
Best kept in bright to full filtered sunlight, in a pot with moist soil to prevent overwatering.
6. bonsai tree.
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Bonsai trees have been known to live for hundreds of years, given the proper care, and they’re considered the perfect plants for restoring energy balances in a home. They also help bring the element of wood into the home, which is quite hard to achieve with other plants.
Sure, you may have wooden furniture, but nothing beats the living energy of a bonsai tree.
Feng shui experts recommend that bonsai trees be placed in the east, south, and southeast corners of the space you live in.
7. philodendron plant.
The shape of philodendron leaves resemble that of a flame, which helps bring the fire element into your home. In the darker corners of your home, philodendrons can help brighten the space up, especially in low-energy areas.
Like fire, philodendrons can also help warm the coldest places, thriving in artificial lighting conditions. it’s best to place them in the darkest, coolest corners of your home to allow them to restore heat to those areas.
8. jade plant.
The present of a jade plant in your household or office is considered auspicious. It also goes by a few other names, like the friendship tree, lucky plant, or money plant.
Its bright, vibrant green leaves symbolize growth and renewal. their physical appearance also resembles coins or jade stones, which symbolize wealth and prosperity. if you look closely, you can often see them placed near the entrance to shops and restaurants, as they are believed to bring success.
Feng shui experts recommend placing the plant in locations facing east for family harmony and health, southeast for wealth, west for children’s creativity and luck, and northwest for bestowal. good luck to the mentors and teachers.
9. lucky bamboo plant.
Despite its name, the lucky bamboo plant is actually from the lily family. Due to their flexible growth pattern and hollow ‘construction’, they bring wisdom into the household. Essentially, they symbolize adaptability and openness.
The meaning of lucky bamboo plants varies depending on how many stems you collect:
2 stems – love.
3 stems: wealth, happiness and longevity.
5 stems: wealth for a person who does business.
6 stems – prosperity.
7 stems: wealth, happiness and good health.
8 stems – motivation and luck.
9 stems – good fortune.
10 stems: completion and perfection.
21 stems – abundance and blessings.
have a happy lunar new year!
Take care and stay home.
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cover image taken from love to know, the spruce and calloway’s nursery.