If you’re like us, you’ve created a slew of goals for the coming year, including resolutions for your home. But about now, you’re wondering how long it will be before you flub up the entire endeavor.
Get a little help wherever you can! These seven house plants will bring you good luck (and good health and wealth and lots of love) in the new year and throughout the coming months.
You can’t get more lucky than a plant with “luck” in its name! Among Asian cultures, lucky bamboo has long been associated with Feng Shui as a symbol of good fortune. Arrange certain numbers of stalks in vases of water anchored by stones for specific meanings: three stalks for happiness, longevity, and wealth; five for wealth; six for luck; seven for good health, eight for growth; and 10 for completion. If you’re lucky enough to grow your plant to 21 stalks, it is said you will receive blessings of enduring health and great wealth. This plant prefers indirect sunlight, so bathrooms often make great homes. But they have too much powerful yang energy to keep in bedrooms.
Does money actually grow on trees? You might have guessed—the money tree is said to bring good luck and money to your home. The stalks of the small tree are often braided together (three or five braids is best!) in order for the luck to work. In addition, the leaves of the tree must have five or more fingers to be lucky. Don’t confuse this with the vinier money plant, which harmonizes the human existence with your surroundings. The money plant is a strong air purifier and is also a great addition to your home.
Feng Shui teaches that plants with rounded leaves bring good fortune. Lush with round, fat leaves, the jade plant acts as a door to prosperity and success. Because of its meaning, it is often given to new business owners, but the jade is also well suited to live near the door to your home. In the right conditions, a jade plant can live for decades and grow into a small tree. Take care of your jade, and it will take care of your family for a generation or more!
Orchids are the world’s largest plant family, and botanists believe they make up around 10% of all plants on Earth. Potted orchids are not only a beautiful addition to your home, but according to Feng Shui, they have the unique ability to bring good luck and fortune in love. They nurture and enrich existing relationships while enhancing your chance of finding a romantic partner. The ancient Greeks also associated orchids with fertility and virility, making them a great gift for newlyweds. Even if you’re not on the market, orchids quite literally soothe the soul. They release oxygen at night, which may help you gain a better night’s sleep.
Tulsi (Holy Basil)
Hindu households consider tulsi among the most auspicious of plants. It is a great air purifier, and is said to heal coughs, colds, and other ailments. It can also kill bacteria, remove toxins from the blood, eradicate negative energy, and purify your digestive and circulatory systems. There are several varieties of holy basil on the market, but if you can’t find any, don’t fret. Traditional basil is also said to bring wealth, luck, and beauty. It was once so revered it was given as an engagement gift among Italians. Plus, basil is thought to contain antidepressant, antiseptic, and antibacterial properties—and it may even repel flies!
According to Irish folklore, the shamrock plant (oxalis or wood sorrel) is a symbol of luck and spiritual balance. St. Patrick, who brought Christianity to Ireland, used a shamrock to illustrate the doctrine of the Holy Trinity, with the leaves symbolizing the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is available in abundance around St. Patrick’s Day, and can come in a deep purple hue with squared leaves. The traditional clover it is associated with is also said to be lucky—at least by those who do not consider it a weed.
Like the money tree, peace lilies are native to the tropical regions of the Americas. But per Feng Shui, they are considered a fortune plant because of their ability to purify the air and cleanse your environment of contaminants. They are also great for emotional health and are said to bring serenity and harmony to your space. Peace lilies prefer very little light and require little maintenance. Because they grow well under artificial light, they are also a great addition to office environments.