Question: I love plants and have various plants in my home. My belief is that plants are very good feng shui. However, a friend told me that there are bad feng shui plants, too. Which plants are good feng shui and which plants are bad feng shui?
Good feng shui question; thank you for asking! I would not go as far as to say that there are bad feng shui plants and good feng shui plants. It is more about the feng shui positioning of specific plants in specific feng shui bagua areas of one’s home or office.
And, of course, because feng shui is all about energy, there is certainly a lot of emphasis on the actual energy of the plants, starting with their specific look and feel to one of the most important factors – their overall health. Having a popular feng shui plant such as the lucky bamboo, for example, struggling to survive will be quite bad feng shui as compared to another plant with absolutely no specific feng shui reputation but with a vibrant, alive and joyful energy.
Plants are always excellent feng shui for a home or office because they bring vibrant Chi, or energy into one’s space. As long as the plants are kept healthy, are placed in good feng shui bagua areas, (as well as in visually pleasing pots), you can be sure they are good feng shui.
Good Feng Shui Plants
First, let’s start with what the plants that are usually referred to as good feng shui plants.
We can divide the so-called good feng shui plants in 2 categories:
- The feng shui plants known as top air purifying plants, as there can be no good feng shui energy in a home or office without clean, good quality air. Many beautiful plants are in this category – from the tall and graceful Areca Palm to the abundant and lush Boston Fern.
Read: Top 10 Feng Shui Air Purifying Plants
- The good feng shui plants also known as the traditional feng shui money plants. The term is usually the money plant, but there are at least two plants that are widely used as a feng shui money plant.
Read: All About the Feng Shui Money Plant
Bad Feng Shui Plants
The so-called bad feng shui plants are usually the plants that, because of their shape, can bring undesired energy into one’s home. The cactus plant is a classic example of a so-called bad feng shui plant because its energy is very “spiky”.
Sometimes the Mother-in-Law’s Tongue plant, also called the Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) is considered a bad feng shui plant. However, this is not true, because the Snake Plant can bring very helpful feng shui energy when needed in specific areas of a home or office; this plant has strong protective energies.
Positioning of Plants
As for the feng shui positioning of plants in one’s home or office, the best spots are in the bagua areas that are nourished by the Wood element of the plant. East, Southeast, and South bagua areas are excellent feng shui areas to decorate with plants.
The North bagua area can be weakened by the presence of a strong feng shui Wood element (too many plants), so it is best to avoid many plants in the North.
The same applies to Southwest, Northwest, West, and Northeast areas; only a moderate presence of plants is recommended in these feng shui bagua areas.
The feng shui placement of plants in different bagua areas is based on the interplay of the five feng shui elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. Once you understand the basics of this interaction, you will find it really easy to make the right choice when decorating your house or office with plants.
Be sure to play and experiment with the best placement of plants in your home or office and of course take very good care of them! This way the plants will become a harmonious part of your decor and create excellent feng shui in your space.