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If you follow the Chinese tradition, you should know that plants play a big part in attracting positive energy. There are certain ways to arrange things inside your home that will create balance and harmony within your living space. And in doing so, you must know that there are certain feng shui plants that you could use as elements.
Here at Plantly, we have listed 9 of the best feng shui plants that will help harness positive energy forces inside your homes.
The money tree is one of the most popular feng shui plants that is said to bring wealth and prosperity. It is best suited in office and home areas where the location is situated in the Southeast direction. This is the wealth corner, as believed in Feng shui.
This plant is best suited to indoor conditions as it can grow to a maximum size of 3 to 6 feet, making it quite manageable. Preferable, the location must have access to bright but indirect light as well as moderate to high humidity. A sunny window corner is just a perfect spot for the money tree.
Protect your plant from chilling temperatures below 40°F (4.4°C). And make sure it receives high humidity. Water it regularly to keep the soil moist, but make sure not to overdo it. Too much water could damage the roots and kill the plant eventually. For indoor plants, it’s best to let the soil run dry in between waterings.
As with most indoor plants, apply diluted liquid fertilizer during the growing season but refrain from doing so when the winter season comes. Generally, the application of fertilizer twice a year should be enough.
You may want to braid the trunk of your money tree while they’re still young. This makes the plant fancy and more attractive.
The snake plant isn’t just one of the easiest plants to tend to but one that’s also known to boost positive energy. Some call this plant by the name “Mother-in-Law’s Tongue” and Sansevieria. Once placed in an ideal location, snake plants bring good luck.
Its sword-like shaped leaves symbolize an upward growing Chi. When combined with other indoor or outdoor plants, the snake plant will strengthen the wood element. This helps counter the negative energy coming in.
This plant can thrive even in the presence and absence of bright light. However, if your plant has been accustomed to low light, make sure not to expose it abruptly in a bright spot. You should do this gradually to avoid stressing your snake plant. Make sure to also protect it from sudden drops in temperature, 50°F (10°C) or below, as this plant isn’t frosted hardy.
Overwatering can be a problem, especially since this plant has a succulent characteristic. We don’t want to suffer the consequences of root rot. Hence, it’s better to let the soil dry before watering again.
There’s not much need for fertilizer. But you may apply some during the growing season.
There’s no doubt that the rubber plant has been a favorite among different species of indoor plants. You can grow it as a small tree inside your home, adding a natural vibe. But apart from adding beauty, it’s also one of the best feng shui plants to acquire.
Just like money trees, the ideal place for rubber plants is a corner location. Since it has rounded leaves, it helps balance the sharp edges of every corner, providing better harmony. Such a combination would attract wealth, abundance, and even happiness.
The key to providing better growth for this ficus species is to strike a good balance between light and watering. Bright but diffused light is ideal. It needs frequent watering and please take note that it isn’t tolerant of drought.
Cold drafts aren’t favorable too, as they can cause the leaves to turn yellow and droop. A warm temperature between 60 to 65 °F at night and 75 to 80 °F during the day, will make your plant happy.
Keep in mind that the rubber plant will require consistent feeding throughout the growing season. So, provide diluted fertilizer every two weeks.
If you want a small plant to keep in your house with very minimal care but has a positive feng shui element, then I suggest the jade plant. This one is quite popular among houseplants for an indoor environment. It has round succulent-like fleshy leaves and tiny star-shaped flowers in colors white or pink.
There are many ways to position plants depending on the purpose. If you want to achieve family harmony, health, initiation of projects, and academic pursuits, place it in eastern locations. If for wealth luck, then find an eastern location. If you wish to flourish in your creative journeys, place your jade plant in the western locations. But if you’re seeking luck of mentors, teachers, and helpful people, then position it in the northwest.
Among all locations, bedrooms and bathrooms should be avoided to prevent attracting negative energy.
Taking care of jade plants is relatively simple. Just allow it to receive bright indirect light and let it enjoy a warm environment. As a succulent, there’s no need for much water. The plant can reserve enough water in its leaves. It’s also a light feeder so you can just add fertilizer every 1 to 2 months of the growing season.
An air plant or Tillandsia is a beautiful epiphyte, that anchors itself in trees, branches, and other plants. They look quite fancy that you’d easily mistake them for fake plants because of their tricky appearance.
Because it anchors in other plants rather than in soil to capture water and nutrients, air plants symbolize “wind and water” in Feng Shui. These two elements are a very good combination to boost positive energy.
Depending on the species, air plants may have varying requirements for light conditions. Some thrive under direct light while others prefer shade. As a member of the tropical plants, they prefer warm climates over cold and freezing temperatures. You can simply do watering by misting the leaves. Other ways include dunking or soaking the whole plant.
A bromeliad fertilizer best suits the nutrient needs of air plants. Avoid using a fertilizer with nitrogen content.
Another popular member of the feng shui houseplants is the peace lily. This plant is a treat as it offers beautiful foliage and flowers at the same time. You can easily raise it as a houseplant to achieve a better indoor environment.
As one of the feng shui plants, the peace lily symbolizes peace and purity due to its white flowers. They’re also a great air purifier creating calmness and harmony within your home or office. Placing peace lily indoors is surely a good way to shoo away negative energy.
Low light isn’t a problem for peace lilies as they are tolerant of this condition. However, if you want your plant to bloom, you have to provide access to bright indirect light. A sunny window is a good spot. Provide regular misting to maintain high humidity. And keep the soil moist by frequent watering.
Keep in mind that peace lilies are sensitive to fluoride, so be careful about the type of water you’re using. Use rainwater or filtered water as much as possible. Fertilize every 6 weeks during spring and summer.
This plant needs no more explanation as its name says it all, lucky bamboo. Although it’s fondly called such, this plant isn’t a bamboo in nature but a Dracaena species. It has the appearance of a small bamboo, though. And it’ll perfectly fit your living space.
As a feng shui plant, an upright bamboo will represent positive energy, at the same time nobility and flexibility. Although you can curl the stems for more aesthetic value, it’s best to leave the stems straight to avoid bad feng shui.
There are two ways to grow lucky bamboos, either in water or in soil. Place it in a shaded location and avoid direct sunlight.
Make sure to follow the feng shui energy map to maximize results. For wealth, position your plant in the far left corner. For harmonious relationships, place it in the far right corner. For growth and new beginnings, place it near the entry. For success in work and career, position it on your table or desk.
Aside from its fruit, the citrus tree is also one of the best feng shui plants. You can have tangerine, lemon,
Tangerine, lemon, kumquat and small orange trees can be grown as houseplants. Orange, lemon or lime trees bring luck and good fortune to your home according to feng shui. Place the potted tree in your wealth area.
There are several species that make good houseplants when cared for properly.
The calamondin orange (Citrofortunella mitis) is the most common species grown indoors.
Its fruits are small and sour but can be used for marmalade or as a garnish in summer drinks.
The Otaheite orange (Citrus limonia) is not actually an orange. It is a dwarf, spineless cross between a lemon and a tangerine.
Tangerines (Citrus reticulata) can also be grown indoors.
Satsuma oranges, which are really tangerines, are particularly good and have abundant fragrant flowers.
There are two varieties of lemon which may be used as houseplants, ‘Ponderosa’ and ‘Meyer’.
Citron (Citrus medica) and kumquat (Fortunella species) can also be grown indoors.
SYMBOLISM: Orange, lemon or lime trees bring luck and good fortune to your home according to feng shui. Place the potted tree in your wealth area.
Chinese Money Plant
Pilea Peperomioides, also known as the Pancake Plant, Missionary Plant, UFO Plant or just plain Pilea this adorable plant is originally from Southwestern China. They have a very distinctive look, with each new saucer-shaped leaf growing up and out from the crown of the plant. These discs can reach a diameter of 10cm.
Easy to take care of, these beauties are popular worldwide. Chinese Money Plants are easy to propagate, although the little plants that shoot off from the mother plant are slow-growing – they are worth it! As the Chinese Money Plant doesn’t get very tall (about 20- 30cm) they are well suited as potted plants. As the plant gets older and taller, it becomes top-heavy and the stem will begin to bend and twist, you can use this to your advantage and prop it up to create an interesting, twisted/curved stem or you can stake it upright for a straight-stemmed plant.
If you want a lush, full pot of Chinese Money Plant you can keep multiple plants in one pot which will create a lovely ‘bowlful’ look. This is achieved by either allowing the baby plants produced by the mother plant to continue growing in the pot or by planting multiple cuttings/baby plants together.
The Chinese Money Plant is a quick grower and, if given the correct amount of light, it can double in size each year. If you want to encourage fast growth you can re-pot your plant in a pot that is 2-5cm larger or be sure to fertilize regularly.
SYMBOLISM: As well as being an easy-going fellow, the Chinese money plant encourages good fortune and prosperity. The shape of the leaves is a great focal point to meditate on while practising visualizations of wealth. Place it on a shelf or bookcase and let it brighten up the space and bring good luck into the room.
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