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Lucky Plants and Bonsai: Good Feng Shui for Home and Work

I enjoy having lucky plants around and I love to help people choose plants that would be good for their environment.

Lucky plants for the home and office

Lucky plants for the home and office

Bring Luck Into Your Home

Looking for a bit of good luck? Whether you want a tree or a plant to place indoors or outdoors, at home or at your business establishment, there are a variety of decorative plants with good feng shui to choose from. Here are six plants that are both easy to care for and prized in Chinese culture for their auspicious associations.

1. Lucky Bamboo Plant

Symbolic for good luck and success due to their innate resilience, strength, and ability to grow quickly, lucky bamboo plants (Bambusa vulgaris) attempt to balance the five natural feng shui elements in the home or office: wood, metal, earth, water, and fire. These five elements are represented, respectively, by the plant, glass vase or coin, rocks, water, and red ribbon.

Lucky bamboo plants can be planted as stalks or grown into beautiful shapes such as pyramids. In Asia, people commonly tie red ribbons around the stalks of the lucky bamboo plant during the Chinese New Year and place it on a special table together with other auspicious objects, like the golden ingot.

Tips for Lucky Bamboo Plants

  • Place your lucky bamboo plant in a glass vase (or a ceramic vase with a coin) that is filled with natural river rocks for support and at least an inch of low-chlorinated water.
  • Tie a red bow around the glass vase to represent fire.
  • Feed them with a drop of fertilizer, if you can, to keep their roots healthy.
  • For optimal feng shui, place the bamboo in a shady spot where you want to invite more blessings for good luck and harmony, such as on the counter of your business place or the living room of your home.

2. Jade Plant

The jade plant (Crassula ovata), also known as the Asian money tree, is considered to be the ultimate plant symbol for prosperity in many Asian cultures. It is frequently grown as a bonsai in Asian homes, business places, and gardens due to its ability to grow into a beautifully lush bonsai tree.

If you have ever seen a decorative artificial plant with leads shaped from jade, this plant was likely the model. The jade plant features ovoid- or coin-shaped succulent leaves the color of jadeite, which is how it earned its name.

Tips for Jade Plants

  • As a feng shui cure, a jade plant is usually placed in the entryway or the southwest corner of the room or establishment to strengthen the energy and flow of money.
  • Jade plants can grow as indoor or outdoor plants and ideally should be put in a location where they can get direct sunlight.
  • Water them enough to keep their soil moist and regularly dust off their leaves. You can also add pebbles on top of their soil to facilitate the drainage of water.

3. Money Tree

The Pachira aquatica is famously known as the Chinese money tree because of its five-lobed palmate leaves. The five lobes are considered lucky in Asia because they are associated with the five feng shui elements of water, earth, fire, wood, and metal.

It is often distinguished for its braided stem and flourishing leaves that are sometimes made to create a round-shaped canopy. It is widely used as an ornamental plant in Asia, where you can find them placed in business offices and malls, grown as a bonsai, or given out as gifts during the Chinese New Year.

Tips for Money Trees

  • As a native plant to the wetlands and swamps, the money tree thrives well in moist soils and in locations that are sunny with a partial shade.
  • When planting them indoors, place them in a brightly-lit corner and turn them regularly to keep them growing straight and leafing evenly.

4. Moth Orchid

The Phalaenopsis orchids, or moth orchids, have recently become popular in Asia as a decoration in major business establishments, as Chinese entrepreneurs find them both auspicious and inspiring.

Moths are symbols of good luck because they are nocturnal creatures that do not stumble in the dark and are never afraid to go close to the night; the orchid's flowers are believed to resemble moths in flight. This plant's flowers can bloom for a week to two months and are prized as wedding flowers in Asia's tropical countries.

Tips for Moth Orchids

  • These flowers can be grown in most orchid potting mediums, such as the bark of trees or charcoal.
  • They ideally should be placed in shady outdoor areas with low light and watered just enough to keep their potting media moist.

5. Peace Lily

Peace lilies (Spathiphyllum wallisii) are easily distinguished by their white flowers that resemble anthuriums, and they are prized not only for the way they purify indoor air from toxins but also as symbols of good luck and harmony. Peace lilies are an auspicious feng shui plant decoration that is fairly easy to tend to.

Tips for Peace Lilies

  • They are best placed on a spot where they can acquire indirect exposure to sunlight.
  • A pot of peace lily typically yields flowers that bloom for a very long time.

6. Citrus and Lime Trees

Citrus and limes are considered symbols of good health, longevity, wealth, and prosperity. Along with the lucky bamboo and money plants, decorating citrus or lime in the home during the Chinese New Year is said to foster good fortune for the family and business in the upcoming year. Citrus and limes are frequently grown as bonsai or bought as artificial plants.

Tips for Citrus and Lime Trees

  • It's best to place them in the entryway to foster success and the positive flow of money.

Feng Shui Rules for Choosing and Caring for Lucky Chinese Plants

  • Check the Leaves: As a rule, when choosing ornamental plants, you want to choose flowering plants with round or smooth-edged leaves or canopy and leaves that are clustered in an auspicious number. Additionally, any plant believed to purify the air is an excellent choice.
  • Avoid Putting Spiky Plants in Front of Your Home: Avoid putting spiky and thorny plants in front of your home—whether inside or outside the fence. These plants are said to break the positive flow of wealth and success.
  • Keep a Balanced Arrangement: When arranging the plants, aim to keep them in pairs to keep the balance of yin and yang within your place.
  • Keep Your Plants Healthy: Most importantly, always consider what types/how many plants you will be able to manage. You will be responsible for keeping them healthy and clean to invite the positive flow of chi.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


Cindy on January 26, 2018:

My mother-in-law left my husband 2 beautiful artificial bonsai jade flower trees from Asia. They are vintage and mean alot. We just bought a new home and I am doing my best to incorporate feng shui into our home. Where should I place these 2 beautiful glass bonsai trees in my home to have the best energy?

Therese Anne (author) from Pen Argyl, PA on October 28, 2017:

That's great to know Deborah!

Deborah Minter from U.S, California on August 27, 2017:

I love lucky plants! Lucky bamboo works for home made ponds as well.

Nelli on July 16, 2017:

Is a juniper bonsai a lucky tree

Sneh on April 30, 2017:

Don't interested

Sunny on September 24, 2016:

I just want to know the keeping bonsai at home will affect my financial growth , or it is good or bad for home...and if I keep them at home than which direction I have to place them.

Marge on May 11, 2016:

I was initially leery about Feng Shui until a friend swore things changed after reading Lillian Too's Living with Good Feng Shui book and applying it into her day-to-day life. Googled it and found a copy from Noon Books ( I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, applying it and waiting for positive results. I swear life seems to just "flow" now instead of just "chug along" if you know what I mean. Money comes in from unexpected sources and relationships seem to require no effort. Life just seems happier. I can't explain it, but it works. I guess at the end of the day that's what it all boils down to. Super thankful I stumbled upon this and gave it a chance.

ajay on August 28, 2014:

i love bonsai but i unable to hv it in jammu

marilyn on July 14, 2014:

How do I start home business I would like to know

mercy on January 17, 2014:

id like to try i wish goodluck comes in our home fast..

Therese Anne (author) from Pen Argyl, PA on May 28, 2013:

Thank you so much. :)

mactavers on May 28, 2013:

Interesting and well written.