Indoor plants come with a myriad of benefits, from stress reduction to improving air quality (not to mention bringing a little touch of natural beauty into your living arrangements). According to the principles of Feng Shui, some houseplants can even bring in the kind of positive energy we could all do with a little more of in our lives. Choose your plant wisely, and you could do wonders for your wealth, health, and fortune. On your next trip to the garden center, don’t miss picking up one are two of these 10 Feng Shui plants for your living room.
1. Lucky Bamboo
Easy to grow, and easier still to maintain, the Lucky Bamboo (sometimes known by its common names of curly bamboo, Chinese water bamboo, Friendship bamboo, Goddess of Mercy plant, Belgian evergreen, and ribbon plant, or by botanical name, Dracena sanderiana) is often seen as the quintessential Feng Shui plant. Requiring very little by way of sunlight to flourish, it prospers in even the darkest corner, while its ability to be grown in water (simply fill the bottom of a container with pebbles and add enough water to submerge the roots) makes it a great choice for those who don’t want the inconvenience or mess of soil. To work these stately shoots to the maximum, place four in the Wen Chang area of your living room (or in other words, the area where you work or study) to help improve concentration and improve your capacity for learning. To care for your bamboo, keep it away from direct heat or ventilation sources, and maintain an optimal temperature range of 65℉ and 90℉.
If you’re looking for an easy to maintain plant, the Philodendron makes a great option. Unlike some plants, this one does as equally well with artificial light as it does with natural light. If you’re looking for something to suit a poorly lit room, this could well be the best choice – particularly considering that its heart-shaped leaves (which, legend has it, represent the fire element) add a much-needed warming kick to dark, cold spaces.
3. Peace Lily
Looking for a plant that will grow in areas without natural light? Then try the peace lily, a plant that not only takes well to artificial light but is also outstanding at soaking up any unwanted toxins in the atmosphere. The gorgeous white blossoms, meanwhile, add a tranquil, relaxing vibe to any space. Available in a wide variety of sizes and types, Peace Lilies can serve as both floor and tabletop plants. To care for your Peace Lily, keep it in light partial shade, and avoid direct sunlight. Avoid overwatering and wait for the plant to sag a little before topping up their supply.
If you’re looking for a plant that catches the eye, the Ficus is likely to appeal. This large, stately looking plant is typically grown outdoors but makes an equally viable option for inside. Known for its excellent air-purifying qualities, its imposing stature can lift a low ceiling beautifully, not to mention act as a handy room divider. As Gardening Know How notes, Ficus plants prefer relatively high humidity (keep up their levels by regularly misting the leaves) but hate wet feet, so avoid overwatering. As these plants are rapid growers, keep them in key nutrients by fertilizing once a month in spring and summer and once every two months in the colder months.
Want to add a touch of the tropics to your interior? Then look no further than the Palm tree. Large, statuesque, and unquestionably eye-catching, they make a great focal point to a room (or, if need calls, an excellent room divider). Like Peace Lilies and Ficus, they also have great health-giving properties, acting as a superb way of cleaning the air of any formaldehyde, benzene, and ammonia.
6. Rubber Plant
Add a Rubber Plant into your living room, and you’ll not only be introducing a new focal point, you’ll also be welcoming good fortune, abundance and wealth… and who couldn’t stand to have a little more of one of those (or even all three) in their lives? As Rubber Plants are prodigious growers, keep them in smaller pots to restrict growth. If, on the other hand, you’re happy for them to achieve their full growth potential, pop them outside during the summer months.
7. English Ivy
If you looking to minimize any bad energy in your home, the beautifully trailing vines of the English Ivy should see you well on the way to success. Position the plant in the direction of where you spend most of your time for maximum good vibes. Other than the better energy, you can also expect reduced airborne toxins thanks to the Ivy’s excellent purifying qualities. As The Spruce advises, the trick to getting the very best from your English Ivy is to provide moist, humid conditions and plenty of indirect light. Mist the leaves frequently to maintain optimal humidity and set the plant in a position where they receive lots of light (although be careful to remove them from direct light sources in summer).
8. Boston Fern
Hang a Boston Fern from your ceiling, and not only will you be introducing an attractive new feature to your home, but you’ll also be ushering plenty of good energy. As Better Homes and Garden advises, Boston Ferns are generally easy to care for if you remember two simple rules. Firstly, provide plenty of humidity by regularly misting their leaves and by setting the plant on a tray of wet pebbles. Secondly, keep them in plenty of bright, indirect light: too much shade and they’ll flounder, while too much direct sunlight may burn their fronds.
9. Spider Plant
Pop a Spider Plant next to the fireplace, and wave goodbye to any airborne nasties like formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene. You can also expect to say hello to plenty of good, positive energy.
10. African Violet
An African Violet will spruce up your Feng Shui home in no time, not to mention open up your chances of wealth, health, and happiness.