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Houseplants are so lovely to have in your home. They clean the air, create a happy atmosphere, and invite good energy into your life.
Like most things, it’s best to be intentional when choosing specific plants and knowing where to place them in your home. Plants represent the Wood element because plants are alive and breathing. When we’re dealing with any of the five elements (fire, water, metal, wood, and earth), we need to tread lightly and carefully. If the elements become out of balance, then it can cause big imbalances in our lives.
The following is a short-and-simple guide to the best plants for Feng Shui.
NOTE → It’s important to remember that Feng Shui is acupuncture for your home and is a very personal and complex process to create the optimal flow and alignment of energy in your home. When we work with clients in our PowerHouse Feng Shui programme, we take the energy of their home and give them detailed directions about the use of specific elements in specific areas based on very complex criteria.
Guidelines for Choosing Plants in your Feng Shui Home
There are three general guidelines to go by when choosing the best plants for Feng Shui.
#1. Choose plants that grow upwards. The idea is that we want to bring in the energy of growth, expansion, and abundance – all the amazing feelings that bring us closer to our dream life.
#2. Avoid plants that are spiky, like cacti. Cacti repel energy and are something you don’t want to have anywhere you’re trying to cultivate positive, transformative energies.
#3. Keep plants healthy and happy by choosing easy-to-grow varieties. I admit that I am lacking a Green Thumb, plus travel is a huge part of my life so Ken and I carefully choose plants that are very easy to maintain.
If you currently have plants that grow downwards, like indoor Ivy, or high-maintenance plants, that’s ok! It doesn’t mean you need to get rid of anything, just keep these tips in mind when choosing new plants.
What are the Best Plants for Feng Shui?
If you’re looking for plants that are good for Feng Shui, below I’m sharing my top 5 recommendations.
There are two main kinds of money plants, the Money Tree and the Jade Plants, and either one will be a great addition to your home because they are attractive, low-maintenance, and grow very easily. This growth and low-maintenance characteristics of money plants are what makes them so great for Feng Shui… they naturally symbolize prosperity and abundance with their prolific growth while their ease creates a sense of support.
Aloe vera is another beautiful plant to have. It has amazing healing qualities, it grows upwards, and it’s quite juicy. That might sound odd but the juicy-ness, the fullness qualities of aloe vera and other succulents represent abundance. It’s also incredibly easy to maintain and use as a quick, powerful skin salve for minor cuts and burns.
If you need something that is completely effortless, then let me recommend Lucky Bamboo. Honestly, we’ve had a Lucky Bamboo now for over 5 years and it’s just in water and grows like you wouldn’t believe! It has this beautiful upward growth energy and that’s what we want in our home.
Ferns are another great Feng Shui plant and they are particularly good choices for bathrooms. They grow abundantly, are fairly easy to take care of, and love humid conditions where they can soak up the moisture in the air.
Worst Plants for Feng Shui
We love plants in Feng Shui, but there are certain types you want to avoid in your home.
Your home should be filled with things that are welcoming and represent ease, flow, and abundance. Cacti are full of spikes and these spikes can not only hurt you but hurt the flow of good energy in your home and actually repel what it is that you want in your life. If you have cacti in your home, I recommend getting rid of them especially if it’s in an area where you are specifically calling in transformations.
True Story: One of my clients had a really giant cactus that she was resistant to letting go. It was expensive and she liked how it looked and just for whatever reason didn’t want to give it up. Then one day, after we had been working together for some time, she finally just looked over and thought, “That’s got to go.” At that moment, she lifted it up, took it out of her house, and put it in the bin outside her apartment. When she came back up, she saw that had just made $4,000 – literally, between moving the cactus outside and her walking back up to her apartment, she unexpectedly received $4,000. Wow!
Banana plants may seem big and beautiful but they have a relation to the spirit world… and actually attract ghosts. This is a whole other big topic but when we’re working with clients and see a banana plant, we strongly encourage the client to get rid of it right away.
I hope this article answered most of your questions about plants and Feng Shui. If you’re ready to go even deeper, I have an incredible guide for you. It’s my Ultimate Feng Shui Checklist that will show you room by room exactly what you can do to improve the flow of energy and activate Feng Shui in your home. Download the Ultimate Feng Shui Checklist here or click the button below.