Bringing the Outdoors In: The Power of Plants in Feng Shui

Updated: Jun 15

Plants are an essential part of feng shui spaces. In addition to improving the aesthetics of a home or office, they also invite the balancing energy of nature indoors and activate Chi to bring in opportunity, companionship and abundance. Because plants represent the earth element of wood they are especially beneficial in water-dominant places in the home, such as bathrooms or laundry rooms. ⁣⁣

One of the most important purposes of plants in feng shui is in their healing properties. By placing them within three feet of your router, computer or television they can absorb radiation from electronics and offset disruptive electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs). Use plants to purify the air quality by removing off-gasses and toxins such as carbon monoxide, benzene, acetone and formaldehyde, absorb mold spores. The best air-purifying examples include:

  • Spider Plant

  • Aloe Vera

  • Peace Lily

  • Boston Fern

  • Rattlesnake Plant

Another purpose of plants in feng shui is to create visual interest and dynamic energy. They are especially useful in creating an illusion of height in a small space. The best vertical plant examples are:

  • Snake Plant

  • Ficus

  • Fiddle Leaf Fig

  • Areca Palm

  • Banana Leaf

Plants with soft and rounded leaves are preferred in feng shui, as they promote a gentle energy that offsets hard angles of interior spaces. It is best to avoid plants with spiky and pointy leaves, such as cactus or anything with thorns. Rounded plant examples include:

  • Philodendron

  • Jade

  • Pothos

  • Calatheas⁣

No matter what, your indoor plants should always be healthy, nourished and well cared for with no decaying or dead parts.⁣⁣ For people with a "black thumb", opt for low-maintenance, hard-to-kill species that thrive in low light or drought conditions. If faux plants must be chosen, they should be the highest quality and look as realistic as possible.⁣⁣ Low maintenance plants include:

  • ZZ Plant

  • Air Plant

  • Dracaena

  • Herbs (especially Mint or Ginger)

Lastly, one of the most traditional feng shui cures is Lucky Bamboo, which is the ultimate package of being hearty, rounded, vertical AND purifying. The number of stalks a pot has different symbolic meanings: 1 for simplicity, 2 for love, 3 for happiness, 5 for creativity, 7 for health, 8 for wealth, 9 for luck, and 10 for completion. ⁣⁣Place your lucky bamboo in accordance with the bagua, or in whatever area of the home that needs a boost of Chi.

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