Using Plants in Feng Shui to Improve Your Life and Luck

Karen Frazier
woman watering her houseplants

Plants have a special energy that can help improve your life when used and placed with intention in feng shui applications. Not only do they increase health by removing toxins from the air in the places you live, work, and play, but some plants can also help make certain energetic aspects of your life better, such as luck and prosperity. Other plants, however, may be less auspicious.

Use Lucky Bamboo Plants for Auspicious Feng Shui

Lucky bamboo is considered one of the most auspicious feng shui plants, and it is easy to grow and care for. The leafy green stalks aren't actually bamboo at all; rather, it's a type of corn plant (also known as dumb cane) called Dracena sanderian. However, the jointed stalks look similar to bamboo, which is why it's called lucky bamboo.

Couple holding lucky bamboo plant

What Lucky Bamboo Represents in Feng Shui

Classic lucky bamboo arrangements have the stalks placed in glass containers with rocks and water, although you can find them potted in dirt as well. When arranged in the above manner, they have even more meaning.

Placing Lucky Bamboo for Auspicious Feng Shui

While you can place lucky bamboo anywhere in your home if it's arranged to balance all five elements, the plant itself represents the element of wood, so placement in bagua areas supported by wood are especially auspicious.

  • If you follow traditional feng shui, place a lucky bamboo arrangement in the southeast sector of your space, which is also known as the prosperity and luck sector (or some call it the money corner).
  • In traditional feng shui, you can also place the lucky bamboo arrangement in your health luck sector, which is in the east.
  • If you follow Western feng shui (such as the Black Hat Sect), then you can place it in the back left corner of a space when standing at the front door facing inward.
  • In Western feng shui, place lucky bamboo in the center of a space, which also represents health luck.

Caring for Your Lucky Bamboo

Keeping your bamboo healthy is essential for creating auspicious chi and keeping it flowing.

  • General lucky bamboo care is relatively easy and involves using non-chlorinated water, adding more water about once a week, and replacing the water every few weeks.
  • While there are fertilizers available for lucky bamboo, you probably won't need to fertilize the plant because it draws its nutrients from the water.
  • Lucky bamboo is hardy, but it can yellow or die without proper care. Therefore, it's important to understand why lucky bamboo turns yellow and know what to do about it.
  • Lucky bamboo can get a bit "leggy," but you don't need to throw away stalks you trim. Instead, you can trim them correctly and propagate the lucky bamboo stalks for a new arrangement.
  • Some people believe growing lucky bamboo in an aquarium can double money luck, but this practice may be problematic for both the plant and the fish.

Grow a Feng Shui Money Tree Plant

Another popular feng shui plant for generating luck and prosperity is the feng shui money tree, also known as a pachira plant. These trees typically have braided stalks and elongated, rounded leaves, and they can grow up to about 6 feet indoors with proper care and regular repotting.

potted feng shui money tree plant

Placing a Money Tree for Auspicious Feng Shui

The leaves of a pachira represent the five feng shui elements. Therefore, like lucky bamboo, it can be placed in any of the sectors of your home; however, also like lucky bamboo, it has particularly auspicious placement in the wood sectors of your home, prosperity (southeast) and health (east).

Caring for Your Pachira Money Tree

It's relatively easy to care for a money tree.

  • Pot them in a pot and soil that drain well.
  • Repot every two years or so to facilitate growth.
  • The trees need lots of indirect light, so placing them near a sunny window that doesn't get direct afternoon sun is ideal.
  • Water every nine or ten days and mist the leaves daily or place them in a humid spot to provide adequate moisture.

More Auspicious Plants for Feng Shui

In general, plants with rounded leaves are considered auspicious feng shui as long as the leaves grow in an upward pattern.

Potted jade plant for feng shui

Inauspicious Feng Shui Plants

Plants with sharply pointed leaves and spikes are considered inauspicious feng shui and negative (or sha) chi. Some plants to avoid placing in your home include the following.

Inauspicious feng shui plants
  • Snake plant (also called mother-in-law's tongue)
  • Sago palms and other spiky palms
  • Cactus
  • Fake or dead plants

Create a Healthier Energetic Environment With Plant Feng Shui

Plants can bring highly auspicious energy to your environment when you care for them correctly and place them intentionally. Finding plants you love and caring for them also creates a connection between you and other living beings, which can help nurture your own positive energy, creating a better quality of life.

Using Plants in Feng Shui to Improve Your Life and Luck