Succulents are plants with thick, fleshy parts designed to retain moisture. An example of a succulent would be a cactus, which has a fleshy trunk with large, fleshy paddles to retain water. Some people place succulents in their homes, both to provide visual relief and to balance their feng shui.
Succulents are best when placed to subtly enhance the overall look of a room, but not front and center. they are more of a support mechanism that improves general mood, out of sight. places like the back corner of the living room work well for succulents.
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Precisely placing succulents to ensure good feng shui is difficult, but not impossible. Read on to find out which succulents work best to ensure good feng shui and where to place them in your home to ensure maximum effect.
where to place your succulents to improve feng shui
To ensure good feng shui and maximum effectiveness, the placement of your succulents is crucial. they should subtly enhance the energy of the room as a whole, rather than being front and center for all objects in the immediate space. You should also consider the room where you will place the succulents.
feng shui is different for every room in your house. the bedroom, for example, is a place for intimacy. You wouldn’t want a spiky cactus on your nightstand as it can project negative energy and kill the mood. likewise, the kitchen is a balanced place for creativity and love; the wrong succulent can change feng shui in a negative way.
Small cacti in a pot are popular choices when it comes to succulents for the home. However, you do need to be careful when putting one in your home, as the spiky needles can project negative energy into the surrounding room and unbalance the feng shui. A small potted cactus works well on objects like a side table in the living room.
In general, the best place to put a succulent is in the part of your house known as the Fame and Reputation Quadrant, which is the room from which you project your personality to the world. Your fame and reputation quadrant may be your living room, or it may be your kitchen, but that’s where a succulent should be placed to ensure proper feng shui.
Which succulents are best to ensure good feng shui?
When considering which succulents to bring into your home, you should also consider how much time and care you want to spend on them. having a succulent to balance feng shui is of no use if you are not willing to take care of it and it will just add clutter.
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If gardening isn’t your strong point, here are 3 feng-shui enhancing plants that are easy to keep alive:
- snake plant
- jade plant
- lucky bamboo
The snake plant is a very easy plant to care for. it requires little water, is extremely hardy, and feng shui-wise, a snake plant projects protective energy. It’s a good plant to place near the front entrance of your home for a sense of security.
The jade plant is associated with friendship, money, health and fame. Like the snake plant, it is very easy to care for, requires little water, and will work in almost any area of the home, as the energy of health benefits every room. One note: the jade plant does best in bright light conditions.
Lucky Bamboo is a symbol of good fortune, and is often placed in the wealth area of a building, such as the payroll office. It will actually grow in water, with a little gravel mixed in for minerals. Lucky Bamboo does best in medium light conditions; low light will result in unhealthy leaves and high light will burn them.
Which succulents are best for me?
Feng shui also goes beyond simply getting a plant that projects the right energy; you want a plant that also matches your geographic area. having a bamboo plant in the middle of the desert wastes water and will look out of place, as they are much better suited to humid areas: seattle, for example.
Except for bamboo, succulents are excellent at surviving conditions with little rain and high temperatures. cacti in particular are very good at making a living in desert conditions and use very little water. plus, cacti won’t look out of place in areas with high temperatures and low rainfall, and won’t destabilize feng shui.
Additionally, you do not need to have one type of succulent and one type only; you can put different succulents in different rooms of your house according to the energy you want to project. Having a Snake plant by the front door will project protective energy, as will a cactus.
Having a jade plant in any room will serve the dual purpose of putting you and your guests in a good mood and projecting healthy energy. the same goes for a lucky bamboo, but remember to place it in an area with medium natural light.
where to place outdoor succulents for good feng shui
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Managing good feng shui is not just limited to your home; it can be extended to your yard and the entire property if you wish. doing this requires a bit more knowledge about gardening and the climate of your area, but it can be done.
While most succulents do well in hot, dry climates, keep in mind even the hardiest plant will be affected by two feet of snow. If you live in an area that gets plenty of snowfall along with a cold winter, be prepared to redo your outdoor succulent arrangement every spring. Nonetheless, you should absolutely extend your feng shui outdoors if possible.
follow the energy map
Feng Shui is the art of achieving balance in one’s life. believes that if one can achieve harmony in their home, office, or chosen place, then it will remain peaceful, prosperous, and harmonious.
If you’re serious about feng shui and your succulents, the feng shui garden consists of 9 zones. A feng shui garden also represents the five main elements: water, wood, fire, earth, and metal. the 9 zones are: wealth, fame/reputation, love, health/family, center, creativity/children, wisdom/self-cultivation, career, helpful people & to travel.
Depending on the size of your property, you may be able to make a garden to suit each of these zones. however, if you’re short on space, you can also make up for it by hanging plants and having small examples of potted succulents around your residence.
The zones could also be combined in a pinch. Wealth, Fame/Reputation and Career could all come together in your home office or workspace, as the three do go together. Love, Health/Family, and Creativity/Children will work well in your living room, garden or basement.
Feng shui is a fascinating subject and you could spend a lot of time studying it. Finding balance and harmony in the home is important, and the right succulents can help you achieve it more easily.
When it comes to succulents, feng shui boils down to this. You must have the plant in the right room, it must also be near a good light source, and you must be willing to take care of the plant, otherwise your efforts will be in vain.
Use the right succulents, though, and while the effect won’t be dramatic, your home or workspace will seem much nicer. your mood will improve and your space will be better overall.
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