How much do you know about Feng Shui plants?
Feng shui principles emphasize on plating the plants that are useful for the environment. Any plant that can purify the air is an excellent choice to be kept near or inside the house.
Choose flowering plants with smooth- or round-edged leaves or canopy and leaves that are clustered, a higher number of leaves is highly recommended.
Plants to avoid
Plants to avoid are thorny or spiky since they tend to break the positive chi flow of wealth.
The plants should be arranged in pairs to keep the balance of yin and yang. It is important to take care of the plants for the benefits of the occupants of the house. The plants should be kept healthy and clean so that they can attract a positive flow of energy.
Reasons to have these plants
Plants can contribute to positive feng shui in numerous ways. As have already seen, plants can bring fortune or lack into our homes; they can balance the water element, counteract negative energy, purify the air, and bring nature indoors.
However, you should be warned against having too many plants at home, as too many wood elements will stall your thinking process.
For you to think and feel good, you need other elements in your life, including metal, water, fire, and earth, so avoid creating a jungle that overrules your home.
Also, where you put your plants can have an effect on your mental clarity, so be sure to use your home’s Bagua map or Feng Shui’s floor plan to be able to bring good intentions to your home.
Apart from those plants you need to avoid, there are many others that can inspire positive and abundant vibes in your home. And in this article, we are going to take a closer look at these plants than can bring the right intentions into your house while purifying the air and performing your green-thumb skills.
Below are auspicious plants that bring out good feng shui
Lucky bamboo is a native Asia houseplant classed under the plant’s family Ruscaceae and scientifically known as Dracaena sanderiana. The plant has been an emblem for good fortune in the Asian culture for more than 5000 years, where it is known as Fu Gwey Zhu (富貴竹), which has three symbols; Fu 富 -Luck and Fortune, Gwey 貴 – Power and Honor, Zhu 竹 –Bamboo.
The bamboo plant is believed to be capable of bringing harmony among the five feng shui elements fire, water, wood, earth, and metal for positive life experience.
Lucky bamboo is suitable for planting on the left and sides of the house, but avoid placing it right in front of the gate.
Tsubaki Tree/ Camellia
Tsubaki tree was a favorite feng shui plant for philosopher Zhuangzi (莊子). It symbolizes wealth, prosperity, and well-being. The plant also protects homes and enhances the longevity of the occupants of the house.
This plant is a symbol of cleanliness, wealth, honor, and auspiciousness. It should be panted in front of the house to help the feng shui wealth flow in.
Plum blossom typically contains five flower petals, which signifies five blessings. The plant usually blossoms during the Chinese New Year celebration.
During ancient times, the plant gained a reputation as the flower that ushers in spring as it flowers during the transition period from winter to spring. The five petals of its flowers carry five different blessings:
In feng shui, Begonia carries a wide range of meanings. But the most known advantage of the plant is its warning powers. The warning is to be cautious or bad omen would be ready to pounce.
The red color of the plant has been described as an invitation for suitors to come out and reveal themselves.
As a gift, the plant communicates a wish to the owner to avoid misfortunes in their life journey, as well as act as a symbol of care and respect from the person who gives the gift.
When cultivating a feng shui garden, it is important to build up an army of flower plants that are heavily associated with symbolism.
Begonia symbolizes prosperity in feng shui.
Plants that Prevent Bad Feng Shui
While many plants are known for having healing powers, purifying powers, and good fortune, there are also feng shui plants that can help repel bad energy. And by warding off the negative energy, the positive energy will be attracted.
The peach tree is believed to have exorcising effects and is sometimes called a sacred tree. Since ancient times, people have used to create ornaments to expel evil spirits.
Camphor tree is believed to have powers to dispel evil spirits, protect the blessings, as well as represent longevity.
In feng shui, Willow is considered to have the ability to remove evil in our living space.
This tree is known for living thousands of years. Its leaves have been used in feng shui to attract better luck and offer protection from bad things.
The cypress tree usually grows tall and straight. It is usually associated with integrity and can be used to drive away evildoers.
Plants With five feng shui elements
The five feng shui elements are metal, wood, water, fire, and earth.
There are various plants you can use in your home to nourish these elements.
For metal elements, consider having white flower or white leaf plant such as gardenia, woody hydrangea, white camellia, spiraea, white magnolia, lemon eucalyptus, lotus magnolia, white orchid, white clematis, etc.
Wood element thrives with green flower, light green, or emerald green plants such as green cherry blossom and green peony.
For water elements, use red flower or red leaf plants such as kapok, Japanese camellia, red mulberry, red azalea, and pomegranate.
The earth element can be supported by plants with a yellow leaf or yellow flowers such as yellow camellia, canna indica, golden bamboo, forsythia, and others.
Plants for yin and yang
As you already know, feng shui believes that everything in the world is divided into yin and yang, so plants also have yin and yang. When growing plants, it is advisable to follow the principles of yin and yang in feng shui. Yin plants should be planted in the shade while yang plants should be planted in a sunny place.
- Yin plants include: gardenia, ophiopgon, hosta, paperlant, mosntera, and fern, among others.
- On the other hand, yang plants include: peach, plum, apricot, cherry, rose, peony, white orchid, and more.
- Yin inclined yang: osmanthus fragrans, camellia, hydrangea, azalea, etc.
- Yang inclined yin: sacred bamboo, mahonia, and gloxinia, among others.
The best location for feng shui plants
- East area of the house: peach, poplar, pine, and cypress
- South area of the house: plum, jujube, and Willow
- West area of the house: Gardenia, elm, and pomegranate
- North area of the house: apricot, plum, and mulberry