Have you been considering the best indoor plants for feng shui? There is an endless list of reasons to love indoor plants. They look great, they purify the air you breathe, and they can give you a sense of purpose and enjoyment. Tending to plants has been shown to help with anxiety and depression, and some plants can also improve the energy within your home.
According to feng shui principles, plants can help improve the energy within the home and help promote good fortune for those who live in the home. And there are certain plants that will do this better than others.
If you’re already knowledgeable on feng shui, then you may already know about the bagua energy map and how to choose the best places in your home to put things that improve your energy. If this is all completely new to you, that’s okay, too. We’ll give you a basic overview and you can explore more individually if you really want to dive into feng shui.
Here are my picks for the best indoor plants for feng shui.
Best Indoor Plans for Feng Shui
First, to understand how plants help feng shui, we simply need to understand that plants are living things. Because of this, they are always changing and growing, and they bring that energy to your space when you bring them into it.
The bagua separates the areas of your home and each area of this bagua needs certain feng shui elements in order to thrive. This is how indoor plants can help. They bring the wood element to any area of your home where you place them. Each plant also brings a different energy benefit, based on the plant itself and also where you place it.
The bagua has nine sections:
- North Bagua Area: Career and Path in Life
- Northeast Bagua Area: Spirituality and Personal Growth
- East Bagua Area: Health and Family
- Southeast Bagua Area: Wealth and Abundance
- South Bagua Area: Fame and Reputation
- Southwest Bagua Area: Love and Marriage/ Relationships
- West Bagua Area: Creativity and Children
- Northwest Bagua Area: Helpful People and Blessings
- Center Area: Home of the Earth Element
Putting certain plants in these sections of your home will help improve the feng shui in your home as a whole. While there are more that we could include on this list, these are my favorites.
1. Money tree (Pachira aquatica)
One of my absolute favorite indoor plants is the money tree. There’s something about the way it looks with its braided trunk and top-knot-style leaves bursting out of the top. It has a tropical feel to it and is commonly sold as a houseplant or as a bonsai. It’s a member of the Malvaceae family and native to Central America but can thrive indoors virtually anywhere. To get the most from it, put your money tree in the southwest area of your home (the wealth area of the bagua).
2. Snake plant (Dracaena trifasciata)
Another common, popular, and beautiful indoor plant that is also good for feng shui is the snake plant. They are easy to care for, beautiful to look at, and is great for feng shui.
The snake plant is a good protector when placed by the front door or a large window. It can also do well in a home office and it brings vibrant, focused energy to the space. You should avoid putting snake plants in a bedroom or children’s room when you’re going for feng shui balance.
3. Rubber plant (Ficus elastica)
The rubber plant or rubber tree, as it is also called, is a great plant for removing toxins from the air. It does well in the dining area when you’re going for feng shui balance. It is similar to the philodendron and brings a calm, relaxing energy to the space. When placed in the southeast or east bagua of the home, it brings positivity.
4. Hedgehog aloe (Aloe humilis)
This plant is similar to the snake plant but has pointed, succulent leaves. It works as a great air purifier, which is good for feng shui on its own, but it also brings positive energy to any space.
While I’ve chosen the hedgehog aloe for this list, any type of aloe will also do the same thing. This succulent is easy to care for, requires little watering, and brings positive energy to your home while also reducing toxic chemicals in the air.
5. Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
Because it is low maintenance, you can put pothos nearly anywhere. It’s a great air-purifying plant and the long, vines are great for corners, above cabinets, or in other dark spaces of your home. It still does well, even if you forget to water, and it helps break up stagnant energy in the home.
6. Calathea (Calathea makoyana)
Calathea is a beautiful and popular indoor plant that works especially well in the fame and reputation area of your home for feng shui. You will find this south on the bagua map. Another benefit to the calathea is that it will help purify the air.
7. Ficus (Ficus benjamina)
Another air purifier, ficus also brings feng shui benefit to your space. It does especially well in the physical health area of your bagua (east on the map). Because it’s tall, it can help make small homes or rooms feel more spacious. The rubber plant is also a ficus. In general, any ficus will add energy balance to your home. I’ve simply listed two of my favorites.
8. Philodendron (Philodendron aroideae)
Another popular plant, philodendrons are often found in homes and home offices. For feng shui purposes, it does best in the southeast or east areas of the home (wealth and physical health areas), but it’s useful in any part of the home.
There are many different types of philos, some with their own unique characteristics, like the heart-leaf philodendron (one of my favorites) but they all bring you the same feng shui benefit.
9. Star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides)
Here’s another great plan that is easy to take care of. Star Jasmine is a flowering plant with a nice smell, and it can help soothe a stressed or anxious mind. For feng shui benefit, place it in or near a south-facing window.
Again, these are just a few indoor plants that are good for feng shui. But this is not an exhaustive list since there are so many more that have great benefits for the energy within your home. You don’t have to be an expert at feng shui to bring in a few nice elements with plants that you already love. It’s very simple to do, and this list will help you get started.
Conclusion of best indoor plants for feng shui
If you have decided to use plants for feng shui in your home, it can seem overwhelming if you don’t know where to start. There are three ways you can approach it:
- Decide which plants you love and see what function they serve
- Decide which area of your home (and which rooms) you want plants in and then see which plants are great feng shui for that space
- Decide on the benefit you want to have (wealth, health, happiness, family, etc) and choose the plants and their placement based on your desired goal
There is no “right” or “wrong” way to approach it. You can choose the one that suits you and your needs the best. While there are many resources online to help you learn the basics, if you want to dive deep into feng shui in all aspects, and not just in plants, then you may want to hire an expert. They can make house calls (in person or virtually) to help you see what to add, remove, or move around in your home for the best results. Many people find it life-changing.
Now that you know these nine plants for feng shui and how to use them in your home, which plants do you think you’ll be adding to your “must-have” list? Are there any from the list you already had but maybe you now want to move where they are located in your home?