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Feng Shui: Plants and Flowers for Every Type of Ambience

Plants and flowers are sources of beneficial energy, known in Feng Shui as sheng qi. They bring the good vibrations of nature into our homes.

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According to the ancient Chinese technique, we can choose plants and flowers based on Feng Shui principles that are most favorable for each environment, similar to how we select other decorative objects.

According to this age-old Chinese practice, we can analyze the characteristics of plants based on their Yin (rest) or Yang (movement) polarity.

We also evaluate their shapes and colors to categorize them into one of the Five Chinese Elements (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water).”

aloe vera plant
Aloe Plant: Foto de Alexey Demidov

Plants for Indoors According to Feng Shui

According to Feng Shui, there are no inherently good or bad plants. However, some may be more suitable or unsuitable for specific rooms. For instance, a plant beneficial in the living room or entryway may be unfavorable in the bedroom.

Therefore, it’s essential to identify plants for indoors according to Feng Shui, considering which ones contribute to the harmony of each environment.

Let’s explore the most suitable types for each room in the house according to Feng Shui.

Plants for the Bathroom According to Feng Shui

According to Feng Shui, bathrooms are spaces that drain positive energy from the home. Plants used in bathrooms need to be resilient, especially if the room lacks natural light. Choose plants that adapt well to low light conditions.

Plants for the bathroom in Feng Shui help improve the energy of the space and purify the air. Keep them healthy by rotating the pots every two weeks, allowing the plants to recover in a well-lit and ventilated area.

Species like snake plant, fern, peace lily, and ZZ plant adapt well to bathrooms, as they require low light and thrive in humidity. If your bathroom is well-lit, you can also have succulents, cacti, aloe vera, and violets.

Plants for the Living Room, Kitchen, and Office

Environments such as the living room, kitchen, and office benefit from a predominance of yang-dynamic polarity, reflected in more open spaces, light furniture, lively activities, and vibrant colors.

Recommended plant species for these areas have many narrow or small leaves, potted in vertically proportioned containers. These plants favor the yang aspects of the surroundings and are suitable for living rooms and balconies.

In this category, you’ll find plants like the Snake Plant, as well as the Sword Sansevieria and St. Barbara’s Sword (pictured), similar species known for protecting the home from negative energies.

They are especially suitable outside the front door, filtering incoming energies. If your family members are arguing a lot and you have one of these plants indoors, try moving it to the balcony or external hallway.

The Money Tree plant, in addition to bringing dynamism, prosperity, and joy, also contributes to family unity, making it an excellent choice for living rooms and balconies.

Avoid having pots with poisonous or toxic species in the kitchen to prevent accidents. A good option for this space is to plant herbs used in cooking, such as rosemary, basil, and pepper.

For Feng Shui, the kitchen is associated with abundance, plenty, and wealth. Therefore, the Money Plant is an excellent choice for this environment, as it can withstand higher humidity and temperatures.

In the office or home office, to enhance business, consider the Lucky Bamboo, which brings prosperity, energy, and protection against envy. You can also use the ZZ plant, known as the plant of fortune.

Plants for the Bedroom According to Feng Shui

Environments like bedrooms (and also home offices for those conducting meetings at home) call for a predominance of yin-receptive polarity, represented by larger and heavier furniture, tranquil activities, and soft colors.

Therefore, plants for the bedroom according to Feng Shui are those with large leaves, planted in heavy, proportionally balanced pots (height similar to width, as in the picture). These plants favor the yin aspects of the surroundings.

For bedrooms and intimate spaces, suitable plants include anthurium, jasmine, gardenia, and violets. Rounded-leaf succulents and ZZ plants are also allowed.

Avoid pointed plants in the bedroom, such as the Snake Plant, bromeliad, aloe vera, and some types of palms. These can stimulate more impulsive and aggressive behaviors, potentially leading to disagreements when used in the bedroom.

The idea that plants steal oxygen from the room during the night is a myth. The amount of carbon dioxide released by a plant at night is minimal compared to a human and even less than that of a dog, for example. You can sleep peacefully with your plants!

Feng Shui and Plants: How to Choose Shapes and Colors

Rounded leaves bring a gentle and stable energy to the environment, benefiting relationships and fostering more affection and serenity. They help calm highly restless or aggressive individuals.

On the other hand, pointed leaves favor action and quick decision-making, being beneficial in workplaces. They stimulate naturally insecure or indecisive individuals.

By associating plants with the Five Elements based on their shape and color, we can choose those that best meet our desires and needs in each environment.

Plant Choices According to the Five Elements of Feng Shui

Wood

Favours assertiveness and gentle, dynamic and generous action towards others without losing sight of one’s own goals.

Characteristics: vertical or columnar shape; all shades of green, aqua, and turquoise.

  • Pots: vertically proportioned, rectangular, or cylindrical, in green.
  • Plants: bamboo, palm trees, ficus, lilies, coconut trees, plants with elongated leaves and long stems.

The Money Tree and Lucky Bamboo fall into this category, as well as the Snake Plant and St. Barbara’s Sword.

Fire

Stimulates action and socialization, propels and hastens any initiative, favors fame and celebrations.

Characteristics: triangular, pointed, pyramids, and stars; warm tones like red, pink, orange, purple, and violet.

  • Pots: trapezoidal shape, with diagonal reliefs and warm colors.
  • Plants: bromeliad, pepper, poinsettia (Christmas Flower), heliconia, pine trees.

All plants with leaves and flowers in shades of red, pink, orange, and purple.

Earth

Brings balance, stability, caution, introspection, helps save money, and acquire possessions.

Characteristics: square, horizontal shape; earth tones, yellow, brown, ochre, beige.

  • Pots: square and horizontal flower boxes, made of clay or stone.
  • Plants: cacti, sunflower, yellow daisy, yellow chrysanthemum.

Metal

Favors concentration and planning, directs action to achieve goals, stimulates professional growth and well-directed marketing.

Characteristics: round shape, arches, and spheres; metallic tones like gold and silver, white, and gray.

  • Pots: round or conical cachepots, made of metal or in white and gray colors.
  • Plants: daisy, white begonia, vinca, white anthurium, plumeria, white chrysanthemum, jasmine.

Water

Brings flexibility and fluidity, good communication, wisdom and intelligence, depth, and seriousness.

Characteristics: sinuous, irregular, wavy shape; black and navy blue colors.

  • Pots: sinuous, black or navy blue, decorated with arabesques, glass pots or jars with water.
  • Plants: succulents, ferns, maidenhair fern, orchids, aquatic plants.

The Money Plant and the Monstera Deliciosa can also be included in the Water category.”

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