We like to believe that one’s success, at least in part, depends on good luck. This happens because we need a certain sense of control over our lives.
We have to believe that we can control our fate even though there are lots of things we simply can’t control. Athletes and gamblers often carry out superstitious rituals in the middle of a winning streak, like wearing some lucky number on their shirt, or a lucky piece of wardrobe, or eating some lucky meal. They believe that this strange “ritual” can help them keep winning, so why not a lucky plant?
There are many superstitions that we follow to attract good luck. Different peoples across the world have different beliefs and, naturally, some of those became internationally accepted. For example, we cross our fingers for luck, knock on wood to bring luck, some of us carry lucky rabbit feet, we get a wish when we blow the candles, hand horseshoes, break “wishbones”, pick up pennies, and (among all these) search for “four-leaf clovers”. However, did you know that a “four-leaf clover” is not the only “lucky plant”?
Luck according to Feng Shui
Feng Shui is one of the Five Arts of Chinese Metaphysics. They call it physiognomy. And according to Feng Shui your luck, attitude, energy, etc., they all depend on the environment in which you spend your time the most. And this system of beliefs is very old. Some sources claim that fang Shui is over 5,000 years old.
Practitioners of this technique or system of beliefs emphasize planting the plants which are useful for you and the environment. They say that “any plant believed to purify the air is an excellent choice to be kept near or in the house.” They especially like flowering plants with round or smooth-edged leaves, and the more leaves it has the better.
This plant is native to South Africa. It is the most popular Feng Shui plant and its scientific name is Crassula Ovata. Well… there are 3 types of this plant.
- Crassula Ovata – AKA “Jade Plant”;
- Pachira Aquatica – a type of bonsai tree that can grow quite tall;
- Classical feng shui Money Tree.
One of the most interesting things about money plant is that it is effective in attracting wealth and enhancing good luck. The five leaves on each branch of this plant represent the five elements of nature: Fire, Water, Air, Metals, and Wood.
Palms are lucky indoor plants even though they can be sometimes scary as an indoor plant because of their size. However, you can control their size. These trees have the power to enhance the aesthetic of space with their beautiful personality. It’s also believed that palms attract positive energy and radiate it around them.
Asian culture has always regarded bamboo as a symbol of luck. This is a household plant that is easy to care for and it doesn’t need to be directly exposed to the sunlight to grow. When kept indoors, this plant enhances the flow of positive energy in the home and office. It is also believed that it creates a sense of balance and safety in life.
But did you know that “Lucky Bamboo” is not a bamboo plant? It is a type of tropical water lily called Dracaena sanderiana.
Experts in this field claim that this plant is capable of absorbing all the poisonous gases from the air and eliminating all the toxins. So, it’s not only good for your wealth!
Studies, including the one performed by NASA, proved in a couple of experiments that Snake plant (aka Sansevieria) removes toxins such as formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, and nitrogen oxides. NASA whose astronauts use this plant to clean the air in space stations, recommends at least 15 to 18 medium-sized plants for a 1,800 square-foot home.
Orchids were a symbol of luxury and elegance during the Victorian Age. The symmetry of the flowers to its stems and leaves has led to the orchid being seen as a beautiful perfection. In Christian tradition, the spots we can see on orchids are believed to represent the blood of Christ. This is why they are often found in Easter and even Christmas arrangements.
According to Flowershops.co.uk, orchids also enhance luck when it comes to the family. They are also a symbol of love and beauty in many cultures. In Feng Shui, orchids symbolize happiness, enhanced fertility, and better relationships.
Violet orchids are the most auspicious plants from the thousands of types of orchid. Yes, there are thousands of different types of orchids out there. To be more precise, the orchid family includes nearly 900 genera, somewhere between 20,000 and 30,000 species and over 70,000 hybrids or cultivars. These types vary in size, weight, and color.
According to Chinese Feng Shui, even citrus plants attract money and prosperity to the home. The best types of citrus trees for good luck and prosperity are dwarf lime trees or lemon trees. However, you don’t have to “go short”. If you like, you can “train” your citrus tree to grow taller if you want a taller plant in a room.
However, you should know that citrus plants prefer warmer climates. The acceptable temperature range is between 70 and 100°F (21 to 38°C). Above 150°F (40°C) lemon trees stop growing and below 50°F (10°C) they go into dormancy. Everything below 30°F (-1°C) will kill this plant.
Long story short, you can grow citrus trees but you need a lot of sunlight and warm weather (or a heated room). Dwarf lemon trees are very cool decorative plants bearing full-size lemon fruits. And if you really (really!) want to grow a full-size lemon tree and you live in an area with the continental climate you should start thinking about a very special lemon tree called “The Siberian Lemon” (Poncirus trifoliate).
One of the easiest indoor plants to maintain is the Spider Plant. This plant produces oxygen while purifying the air in your home and office and eliminating carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and xylene. Some say that these plants can also help to relieve stress and improve concentration.