Lucky Plants & Bonsai: Good Feng Shui for Home and Work
Bring Good Fortune to Your House, Business, or Office
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. These plants are both easy to care for and prized in Chinese culture for their auspicious associations.
1. Lucky Bamboo Plant (Bambusa Vulgaris)
Symbolic for good luck and success due to their innate resilience, strength, and ability to grow quickly, the lucky bamboo plants 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.
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. 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.
2. Jade Plant (Crassula Ovata)
The jade plant, also known as the Asian money tree, is considered as 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.
As a feng shui cure, it 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 an indoor or outdoor plant 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.
2. Money Tree (Pachira Aquatica)
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.
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.
3. Moth Orchid (Phalaeonopsis Orchid)
The Phalaeonopsis orchids, or moth orchids, has recently become popular in Asia as a decoration in major business establishments, as Chinese entrepreneurs find them both auspicious and inspiring. Moths are symbolic for 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.
These flowers can be grown in most orchid potting medias, 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. Their flowers can bloom for a week to two months and are prized as wedding flowers in Asia's tropical countries.
4. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii)
Peace lilies 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 a symbol of good luck and harmony.
Peace lilies are an auspicious feng shui plant decoration that is fairly easy to tend to. They are best placed on a spot where they can acquire indirect exposure to sunlight, and a pot of peace lily typically yields flowers that bloom for a very long time.
5. 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 a 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 a bonsai or bought as artificial plants.
It's best to place them in the entryway to foster success and the positive flow of money.
Feng Shui Rules: Guidelines for Choosing Lucky Chinese Plants
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 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.
When arranging the plants, aim to keep them in pairs to keep the balance of yin and yang within your place.
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.