Did you know that certain lucky plants are thought to have the ability to attract good fortune and prosperity to your home if you grow them?
St. Patrick’s Day is right around that corner and that brings with it thoughts of good luck.
Whether you are interested in getting better luck, having good health, or attracting a great partner, there is a plant for everyone!
Those who are interested in feng shui will consider growing plants because they are classified as good luck plants.
These plants will not only freshen the look of your home but bring some much need good fortune into your living space.
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Lucky plants to grow indoors
Are you looking for some new plants to add to your home, or office this year? Perhaps it’s time to consider some of those that attract good fortune.
It matters not whether you are a seasoned gardener or someone just learning about the hobby of gardening, it’s time to learn more about other lucky plants that are thought to bring good vibes, positive energy and good luck into your home.
If you live in the warmer hardiness zones, these plants can be grown year round in your yard. For the colder zones, you can enjoy their good luck qualities by growing them as indoor plants.
Let’s dig in to discover some to lucky plants to enjoy this year.
Dwarf umbrella trees
Schefflera arboricola capella is a variegated variety of the umbrella plant.
In China, the umbrella tree is one of the most commonly used plants in Feng Shui.
The fingers of the leaves are thought to capture positive energy and the plant is said to bring wealth to the residents.
The way in which the fingers droop slightly from the stem looks like an umbrella, which leads to the plants common name.
Find out more about growing schefflera gold capella here.
Spathiphyllum wallisii – also known as peace lily. According to feng shui, growing peace lilies means that good luck and good fortune is on the horizon for you.
This plant has long strappy green leaves and brilliant white flowers. It will create a pleasant atmosphere in any room. Many people also think that peace lilies are useful for purifying the air of environmental contaminants.
Place peace lilies anywhere that you would like to improve air quality. They are especially useful as office plants.
Peace lilies have lily-like white flowers and are associated with prosperity, peace and sympathy. The plants are easily damaged by frost.
Grow spathiphyllum wallisii outdoors in zones 11 and 12. In colder regions, bring them indoors before the temperatures reach 40° F.
This attractive plant with feathery fronds has the botanical name chamaedorea elegans. Common names for the plant are parlor palm, dwarf palm, fish tail palm, and good luck palm.
Parlor palms have a place in feng shui as a plant to improve balance and to purify the air.
The plants are also versatile. They are as happy by your front door as they are in a corner of your room.
Outdoors, parlor palms are hardy in zones 10 to 12. They makea a great shade plant. Indoors, the graceful plant looks lovely in the corner of a well lit room.
The rubber plant – ficus elastica – is a popular ornamental indoor plant.
Outdoors, it will grow to over 100 feet tall, but the indoor variety can be kept at a moderate size by keeping it slightly pot bound and with careful pruning..Indirect light is best for plants grown inside.
Rubber plants are considered “wealth plants.” They are thought attract abundance, good fortune and wealth. The round leaves are said to symbolize money and prosperity in feng shui.
If you live in zones 10 and 11, you can grow rubber plant outdoors. Zone 9 plants may grow outdoors if they are well mulched for winter. For those in other hardiness zones, ficus elastica is grown as an indoor plant.
Sanseviera is also known as snake plant or mother-in-law’s tongue.
The plant grows 2 to 4 feet tall and has long green and yellow striped leaves. It seems to thrive on minimal care but is prone to damage from over watering.
Snake plant is deemed to bring good luck. It absorbs contaminants from the air and eliminates toxins. The plant is thought to give off a strong protective energy and shield the home from negative chi energy.
Sanseviera grow outdoors in zones 9b through 12. Potted plants grown outdoors can take a slightly colder climate. Indoors, the plants can take a lower light condition.
Orchids – one of the most beautiful lucky plants
Put your orchid in a shady spot with bright light for best results. They will flower for months and, with a bit of luck, will also re-flower.
The orchid was a popular plant in ancient Japan and was considered a symbol of wealth by the royalty. Plants were kept in temples and often painted on scrolls. The orchid is believed to bring good luck and prosperity to your home.
Orchids are also thought to bring love and good fortune to you. It is believed that they help you find a good life partner.
In feng shui, orchids symbolize good relationships, happiness, and better fertility.
Phalaenopsis orchids are hardy only in zones 10 to 12 outdoors. In other zones, grow them as indoor plants.
Lucky bamboo – one of the best known lucky plants
The lucky bamboo plant has the botanical name dracaena sanderiana. They are a genus of easy to grow indoor plants that will add a zen looking touch to any indoor setting.
Other names for the plant are good luck bamboo, lucky bamboo dracaena, and dracaena bamboo.
According to Chinese traditions, the significance of lucky bamboo is determined by how many stalks your plant has. I have written a post on tips for growing lucky bamboo and what the stalks mean. Be sure to check it out.
Lucky bamboo is also thought to represent the five elements of feng shui. It is a symbol of fortune and prosperity.
Lucky bamboo likes indirect light and a temperature range of 65–95°F (18–35°C). It will winter outdoors in hardiness zones of 10–11. in colder zones, grow it as a house plant.
Braided money plant – often advertised as a lucky plant
The braided money plant is known as pachira aquatica. The plant is often displayed with braided trunks. This habit is thought to symbolize looking for money and luck!
Pachiar aquatica is said top attract wealth and good look. It is also thought of as an air purifier.
Braided money tree plant is cold hardy in USDA zones 10 and 11. In colder regions, you should only grow this plant indoors, since it will not take a frost or freeze.
Commonly known as arrowhead plant, or goosefoot, syngonium podophyllum is a feng shui plant. This plant has a distinctive leaf, which changes from the typical arrow shaped form to one with five lobes as it matures.
The five lobes represent the five elements: water, fire, earth, wood and metal. This gives it the perfect balance of Yin Yang. The plant is also thought to cleanse the air, as so many lucky plants do.
Place arrowhead plant on a desk to bring thoughts of new ideas an to provide inspiration.
Arrowhead plant is winter hardy in zones 10 to 12. Elsewhere, it is grown as an indoor plant. The plant prefers bright indirect light.
Shamrock plant – one of the most popular lucky plants
While not an actual member of the shamrock family, oxalis or false shamrock does have the traditional shamrock shaped leaves.
All shamrock shaped plants are considered lucky in feng shui. Shamrocks are associated with Ireland. In Irish folklore, the number three is considered very lucky so plants with three leaves are thought to be lucky plants.
A common exception which has three leaves is poison ivy!! In this case, it is “leaves of three, let them be!”
The three leaves of the shamrock are meant to stand for faith, hope and love. St. Patrick thought the plant symbolized the Holy Trinity. If your plant has a fourth leaf it is considered lucky.
The four-leaf clover is an uncommon variation of the regular plant, and is widely considered to be lucky.
Oxalis is one of the lucky plants that will grow outdoors in some cooler locations. It is cold hardy in zones 6 and above. I grow oxalis plants indoors around the time of St. Patrick’s day but also have many growing outdoors in semi shady locations in my garden.
More lucky plants for the house
Still feeling in need of a dose of good luck? These indoor plants are just a few that are thought to attract good luck and prosperity to your home. Keep reading for more lucky plants.
There are many succulent plants that are also considered lucky plants to keep in the home. Jade plant, or crassula ovata is one of them. This succulent is also known as lucky plant, dollar plant, and money tree. The small round leaves of the plant look like coins.
Crassula ovata is a very popular, and easy to care for house plant. It is thought to bring wealth and good fortune to owners. People often give it as a housewarming gift for this reason.
One tricky part of growing a jade plant indoors is that they really do like a lot of sunlight. Give them the sunniest window you can.
Jade plant is cold hardy in USDA zones 10 and 11. It will only take long temperatures of 30 – 50° F in the winter months. For colder hardiness zones, treat jade plant as an indoor plant and bring it indoors when the temperatures start to fall.
Aloe barbadensis miller is a plant that has a healing gel inside its thick leaves. It is no wonder that the plant is thought to be lucky!
The aloe vera plant brings good luck and positive energy to your home. It is believed that the energy it releases can fight off bad vibes and bad fortune.
It is very easy to grow and has countless medical properties. I always have a plant of it growing so that I can use the gel on sunburns, scrapes and cuts.
Aloe vera plants help to keep the air clean, and should be grown in a North or East direction for best feng shui.
Aloe vera is only hardy in USDA zones 9 – 11. Those in colder climates can still grow it as a houseplant. Bring it outdoors in the summer months for best results.
Find out more about the medical properties of aloe vera and tips for growing aloe vera here.
The botanical name for this plant is ficus religiosa. It is considered a sacred tree in Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism. Grown as a bonsai plant, it is thought to bring good luck and positivity to the home.
Ficus religiosa is also known as the Bodhi Tree. Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment under this tree.
The plant likes moist, well draining soil and full sun.
Peepal bonsai is only winter hardy in USDA zones 10-12. Other zones can enjoy ficus religiosa as a houseplant.
Varieties of cacti
The Aztec people of Mexico during the Mesoamerican culture regarded cacti in bloom as being very lucky. They thought that this type of plant brought positivity to the home and good news to the owners.
Cacti will easily flower if grown outdoors. Getting one to flower as an indoor plant requires good watering habits and the right light conditions.
The cold hardiness of cacti depends on the variety. If you have the right conditions, certain cactus varieties are cold hardy in USDA zones 6 to 9, with some even going as low as zone 4.
However, not all cacti are cold-hardy. Check your specific plant for hardiness. The good news is that cacti can be grown indoors in most homes in the US and elsewhere.
The pitcher plant has the botanical name nepenthe. It is also known as monkey cups.
The flowers of this plant look somewhat like money bags, and for this reason the plant is considered lucky. Nepenthe is very popular during the Lunar New Year celebrations.
Most varieties of pitcher plants are hardy in USDA zones 6-8. ome survive in colder locations as long as they are protected by a thick layer of mulch in the winter. If you have a water garden, pitcher plant makes a nice addition to it.
Because of the pendulous nature of the flowers, pitcher plant makes a great hanging basket plant.
It is common to find fatsia japonica in Japanese homes. They consider this a lucky plant because it always has an odd number of leaves, normally 7 or 9. In Japan, odd numbers are considered lucky.
Other names for fatsia japonica are glossy-leaf paper plant, paper plant, false castor oil plant, fatsi and Japanese aralia.
This plant likes well draining soil and can tolerate low light conditions.
Fatsia japonica can take a bit more cold than some other lucky plants. It is cold hardy in USDA zones 7b to 10b. For colder locations, it makes an easy to care for houseplant.
According to feng shui, the heart-shaped glossy leaves of golden pothos attract wealth and brings luck and happiness.
Epipremnum aureum is also known as golden pothos, devil’s ivy and money plant.
This lovely plant is thought to bring wealth, prosperity, good health and good fortune to your home or office. The plants are also believed to maintain purity in the air.
Place golden pothos in a southeast area of your home. Scientists say that keeping a plant near a computer, TV or WiFi router will absorb radiation that they emit.
Give money plant bright, indirect light and be careful of too much sunlight.
Golden pothos is a subtropical species. It is only cold hardy in zones 10 and above. Fortunately for those in colder zones, the plants is easy to grow indoors.
Hawaiian Ti plant
The botanical name for this plants is cordyline terminalis or cordyline fruticosa. It is also known as baby doll ti, good luck plant and ti leaf. The plant is highly sought after because of its striking foliage with hues of red, yellow, green and blue.
Hawaiian ti is believed by Hawaiians to possess mystical powers. It is planted to bring long life, lasting love and good luck to the owmers. It is often sold as a plant starter log. The plant grows right out of a log. (See other log planters here.)
In Hawaii, today, many yards are hedged with Hawaiian Ti for good luck.
Hawaiian Ti is cold hardy in zones 10 – 12. For colder zones, it makes a nice house plant.
Lucky plants to grow outdoors
The plants that we have been talking about in this post are all considered indoor plants in most hardiness zones. There are some outdoor plants that are grown in colder climates that are also considered lucky plants to have in the home. Even some common herbs are considered lucky!
Here are a few of them:
- Bamboo – it is also beautiful and makes a good privacy wall.
- Peonies – a good luck plant with magnificent flowers.
- White narcissus – narcissus papyraceus is very easy to force indoors.
- Sage – salvia officinalis – a herb plant that is often burned to cleanse your home of bad energy.
- Basil – a herb that is considered by many to attract good luck.
- Chrysanthemums – gold mums are thought to represent wealth and prosperity.
We will be talking about these in a future post.
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