Feng Shui Plants
January 19, 2010
Feng Shui plants for the interior can be generally divided into two types, one type is used to hasten good luck and the other is used to fight against bad luck.
In both cases use local species rather than imported ones and for this reason it is better to talk to your local nursery, than to try to import some exotic Chinese varieties.
To hasten good luck, the leaves of the plant should be relatively thick and round rather than thin and pointed, flowering plants are more desirable than non-flowering ones, especially if they have light pink, purple and red flowers (Wood generates Fire); try to avoid white flowers which are often associated with death and funeral . Also evergreens are more desirable than deciduous ones for the in-door situation.
To fight against bad luck the same requirements applied but it also should have some thorns or pointed leaves like the cactus or the “iron tree”. Having white flowers in this case is acceptable since white is Metal and Metal can cut off bad luck. Bonsai trees can also do the same job as trees in miniature size are still tress and they symbolize shelter and protection.
In both cases, try to select an odd number of plants instead of even numbers, so 1 or 3 is more desirable than 2 or 4 plants or pots of plants. Also plants used to fight bad luck should only be used during times when one feels unlucky, most other times, plants used to hasten good luck are more desirable.
Locate both types of plants in the “ju qi” or the so called “wealth corner”, which is normally diagonally opposite the entry door (see sketch below). Try not to locate the plant too deep into the room or in a dark corner, also in the way of traffic flow or too close to a fire place for the obvious reasons.
If one is to have plants indoor, then they need to be kept in good condition and need to be watered regularly to avoid looking dead and dying. A dry and unkempt plant is considered unlucky in Feng Shui.
One needs to be aware that we take advantage of the Feng Shui plants not only on a physical level but in a psychological and symbolic sense as well, hence the special requirements in the selection and location of plants. The plants don’t directly hasten the good and fight the bad for you, they are symbols and visual remainders of your needs, fears and longings and it is your eventual decisions and actions that will make the difference.