The Feng Shui Benefits of House Plants

My house used to be plant free because I do not have a green thumb.  Also, when I was younger, house plants was not my interest as I didn’t spend much time at home.  They seemed like a nuisance because they had to be cared for. Then when the kids came along, I was too busy with their activities and the few indoor plants I had were neglected.

In Japan they say that to have flowers or potted plants in the home shows that you have the time to step back and enjoy your environment.  Now I have learned in feng shui, that plants energizes the space, cleans the air and softens corners.  Plants are a source of qi, or energy.  So, I have decided to embrace house plants.  Initially, I started with two anthuriums and a few African violets.  These survived for a couple years and gave me the confidence to try a few more.  Now, I enjoy all the greenery in the home and feel that it boosts my spirits.  Maybe it’s because my kids are slowly leaving the nest I need something to nurture….

Here are a few tips to keep your plants healthy.
1.    When purchasing a plant, read the label and find out how much sun and water it needs.  If you are just starting out on your first plant, get one that needs less watering, so it won’t matter too much if you forget.  I usually water once a week on Mondays.  A designated day helps me remember.  Some of my jade plants need watering only once in two weeks.
2.    If it needs plant food buy the liquid type to mix with your watering.
3.    Be consistent about taking care of the plants and don’t let them sit in standing water or the roots rot.  Make sure to drain them properly.
4.    Turn the pots around so the leaves grow evenly.  We all crave sun, and it is so evident from the way plants grow.
5.    If your room lacks sunlight, rotate the plants from room to room.
6.    And lastly, don’t laugh, talk to your plants, it gives you a connection to them.  My kids think I’m nuts, but that’s okay.

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5 Comments

  1. Hi, Jenny.

    Not only do you feel more connected to your plants, by talking to them (or singing to them), but they love the CO2 from your breathing. They process it and then return it to you in the form of oxygen. You could even consider it a “Thank You” *wink*. If we can sense the happiness of a plant, then I’m convinced that they can sense ours, as well.

    I’m now stepping up to the plate with a large fern that I have purchased at a local greenhouse. I am very excited for the bonding and relationship ahead.

    I enjoyed your article.
    Thanks!
    ~Amber~

  2. Hi Amber,

    I never thought about “bonding with plants” but you have a point! Plants are with you for many years and they grow on you. No pun intended. I find that when they are thriving in their spot, it really makes me happy! Enjoy bonding with you fern!

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