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Traditional Feng Shui Plants

Updated on December 12, 2012

Feng Shui Plants

Feng shui is the ancient Chinese art of directing energy, and using feng shui with houseplants is an important part of the practice. Plants are always excellent feng shui for a home or office because they bring vibrant Chi, or energy into one's space. Keep the plant healthy and place it in a pleasing pot in this way this will bring more good luck in your home or in your work place.

Plants are powerful in Feng Shui; as living things indoor houseplants in a healthy condition and correct shape and color attract positive chi. Sick plants or wilted flowers are believed to attract negative chi.

Treasure Fern (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) ZZ

Is also known as the money plant or the "gold coin plant". Just like any jade plant the ZZ plant is widely or commonly used in homes, business shops and offices because its likely to attract more money. Plants are grown in 4 inch up through 14 inch pots. Large plants can reach 3 feet in height and I have seen a very old plant of 4 foot.

ZZ handles Low Light Levels Well

Keep the plant away from any hot direct afternoon sun as the plant can burn. A good bright filtered afternoon sun would work well.

ZZ Don’t Sit In Water

This plant is better to keep on the dry side. If you water it too much or the plant sits in water you may find yellowing leaves.

Jade Plant (Crassula Ovata)

The Jade Plant is often known as the money tree which is why you'll often see it in the entrance of a Chinese restaurant or store can also be used inside the house or offices. Jade plants can be grown indoors and out and are a popular Feng Shui cure.

Jade Plant is the ultimate symbol of prosperity for the Chinese. It's flat round leaves and compact shape makes it the Asian equivalent of a money tree.

Jades are evergreen plants with thick branches and smooth, rounded, fleshy leaves that grow in opposing pairs along the branches. Leaves are a rich jade green; some varieties may develop a red tinge on the edges of leaves when exposed to high levels of sunlight.

Place In Direct Or Indirect Sunlight.

Remember the jade plant thrives from sunlight so leave it in a good spot where it can get sunlight, even indirect sunlight.If the stems become spindly, your plant is probably not getting enough light.

Do not over-water

You should allow the soil to dry out almost completely in between watering. A good way to tell if you houseplant is not receiving enough water is if the usually plump leaves become wrinkled.


Take leaf cuttings or stem cuttings in spring. Allow cuttings to dry out for about 5 days (to prevent them from oozing sap) before potting them in moist potting mix.

The Money Plant (Philodendron scandens)

The money plant, not unlike the jade plant, also symbolizes great abundance and is a popular indoor feng shui plant with round heart-shaped leaves. It is capable of growing in dark corners and is said to purify the air.

Requires moderate to low water requirements.

Keep the soil moist but do not allow it to dry out completely in between watering. If the foliage begins to turn yellow, you are probably over watering the plant.

Peace Lilies (Spathiphyllum Wallisii)

Peace lilies are (according to NASA) an effective way of cleansing the air, neutralizing common pollutants such as formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is found in carpets, paints, wood varnishes and flame retardant material. It is said to irritate the throat, disturb sleep patterns and cause headaches so it's something to be avoided.


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested.


Medium to bright light. Can survive on low light, but may not flower.


If growing in bright light, keep moist. In low light, allow potting mix to dry slightly between watering.

Peony (Paeonia)

This flower symbolizes love and affection,also this promotes harmonious family relationships. This is also a good choice for planting in or near the "creativity and children" section, in the central right part of your home, to help foster acceptance and approval of a child's creative endeavors.

Peonies must be planted in deep, fertile, humus-rich soil that will not dry out quickly in the summer. Before planting, enrich the soil by adding well-rotted manure or garden compost. They can tolerate light shade, but will do much better in full sun. Tall growing Peonies should be provided with grow-through support early in the season. It is beneficial to mulch the soil around your plants with decayed manure in the spring.

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      Lee 3 years ago from Derbyshire, UK

      Lovely read. Didn't know too much about Feng Shui plants until reading this - very insightful!

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      tinayania 4 years ago

      Hi. I read that there are different types of Jade plants, Such as the one sometimes referred to as "ET Fingers" and I also read that the Bonsai tree was also part of the Jade family. So my question is could I use the ""Et Fingers plant" and the "Bonsai Tree" in Feng Shui or can they only be the specific plant meantioned above.


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      Sensitive Fern 5 years ago

      I've been wondering what houseplants were good for Feng Shui. Isn't bamboo supposed to be good, too? Or is that just generally lucky.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Absolutely love these plants, green is always welcome.

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      icu4marketing lm 6 years ago

      Nice one.. :D