Plants That Bring Luck

All plants have a positive presence, but some lucky plants are believed to bring good luck and fortune to your home. If you have heard of Feng Shui, you will know that placing some select houseplants in your home can attract good health, happiness, and even prosperity! Some are even named after this special property, like money plant and lucky bamboo.

According to the principles of Feng Shui, there are specific places in your house where you should place your plants. Consider placing lucky plants near the sofa or near a window to awaken your sleeping happiness and circulate positive energies inside your home.

Oddly enough, our green friends for good fortune also are excellent air purifiers, like golden pothos, for example. But they will also clean your indoor spaces in another way as well: they will send negative energy packing and bring in positive vibes instead.

We have compiled a list of 15 Feng Shui plants known to attract love, good luck, and even… money! This is your lucky day indeed. Let’s go!

15 Lucky Plants To Have At Home To Attract You Good Luck And Prosperity

15 Plants That Will Bring You Good Luck

Ready for a lucky dive into the world of plants? Here are the 15 we strongly advise.

Shall we start with a very famous one? Off we go!

1: Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana)

Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana)

Lucky bamboo is an easy to grow houseplant for positive energy. You can grow it from a cut stalk, and the process is quite fun, child friendly and full of satisfaction.

In fact it will soon grow long and pointed mid green leaves that look very attractive and elegant. You can even train the stems into spirals, and this makes them like works of art.

It is used in Feng Shui, also because they represent Fu (happiness), Lu (wealth) and Soh (long life).

Depending on the number of stalks you have, they can also bring health (7), great luck (9) and even perfection (10). The only thing is that you should never have four of them, because they would symbolize death.

Lucky bamboo is low maintenance and perfect for elegant rooms, even minimalist or Zen ones. It is perfect for hydroponics too, so, ideal in elegant glass vases.

  • Hardiness: USDA zones 10 to 11 but mainly grown as a houseplant.
  • Light exposure: indirect light, medium to even low indoors, filtered shade outdoors.
  • Blooming season: N/A.
  • Size: up to 40 inches tall (100 cm) and 18inches in spread (45 cm). 
  • Soil requirements: use well drained, humid but not wet, and rich, fertile generic potting soil with pH from mildly acidic to neutral.

2: Desert Rose (Adenium obesum)

Desert rose is well known as a lucky plant, usually grown as a houseplant, but… If you live in a hot country you can have it in your garden too.

Outdoors, it will grow into a small tree, while in a container it will keep short, but nit thin! It has a very large trunk smooth and beige in color, like a baobab…

This will part into short branches with tufts of oval, glossy dark green leaves. At the end of them, you will also get beautiful blooms of bright star shaped flowers that are pale magenta inside with edges of a more intense shade of the same color.

Original of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, this unusual plant mixes exotic looks and positive energy with great harmony.

Desert rose is a peaceful looking houseplant with the perfect look for a bold but elegant living room or office. Outdoors, it suits tropical, desert and Mediterranean gardens.

  • Hardiness: USDA zones 10 to 11, but mostly grown as a houseplant.
  • Light exposure: full Sun outdoors and bright but indirect light indoors.
  • Blooming season: early spring to mid summer.
  • Size: up to 10 feet tall (3.0 meters) and 6 feet in spread (1.8 meters), but in containers it will keep small.
  • Soil requirements: very well drained , dry sand based soil, or in containers, cactus mix; the pH should be mildly  acidic or neutral, though it tolerates mildly alkaline. It is drought tolerant.

3: Banyan Tree (Ficus citrifolia)

Ficus citrifolia

We all know that banyan trees bring very good luck indeed, but they grow fairly big and need very hot climates.

Don’t worry, you can easily get a bonsai plant, and they are indeed there are many on the market. In fact, it is perfect for it. Its large smooth trunk with low and broad branches make it look old and established even if it is in miniature.

Then it produces those broad oval, glossy and mid green leathery leaves with dark undersides that are typical of large Ficus varieties… Outdoors it will also it will also bloom (with tiny flowers) and produce fruits, not once, but three times a year! 

Ok, most likely, you will go for the bonsai version; in this case, it looks great on coffee tables, desks or even as a centerpiece of a luxurious dinner table.

  • Hardiness: USDA zones 10 to 11, but grown as a houseplant in bonsai version.
  • Light exposure: full Sun or partial shade.
  • Blooming season: all year round.
  • Size: up to 50 feet tall and in spread (15 meters) or, as a bonsai, very small.
  • Soil requirements: well drained loam, clay or sand based soil with pH from mildly alkaline to neutral. It is drought tolerant. Indoors, use a regular bonsai mix of pozzolana, potting soil, pumice stone and sifted akadama in equal parts.

4: Japanese Aralia (Fatsia japonica)

Fatsia japonica
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The lush foliage of Japanese aralia symbolizes health, abundance and good luck. This evergreen shrub in fact has huge leaves, up to 14 inches wide and long (35 cm), and with deep lobes that extol their palmate shape.

They are quite fleshy and rubbery and very glossy, mid to dark green, usually, though the cultivar ‘Spider’s Web’ is variegated. The effect is luxuriant and very exotic, like in a tropical rain forest.

It is a wonderful houseplant but also suitable for gardens in fairly warm countries. It will also bloom in fall, with unusual looking clusters of white flowers, especially if you grow it outdoors.

Equally suitable for containers or full soil growing, Japanese aralia gives you verdant foliage and a lot of soothing energy, with an exotic look like if you lived on a tropical island with palms, but it tolerates fairly cold environments too.

  • Hardiness: USDA zones 7 to 9, but mainly grown as a houseplant.
  • Light exposure: full Sun or partial shade outdoors and medium indirect light indoors.
  • Blooming season: fall.
  • Size: 4 to 5 feet tall (1.2 to 1.5 meters) and 3 to 4 feet in spread (90 to 120 cm); easy to prune if indoors.
  • Soil requirements: well drained, regularly moist and never fully dry loam, clay, chalk or sand based soil with pH from mildly alkaline to mildly acidic. Use generic potting soil in containers and make sure it never goes fully dry.

5: Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii)

Spathiphyllum wallisii

In the wisdom of Feng Shui, if you grow a peace lily you bring good fortune to you, your family, your home and your garden. In fact its “flowers” are linked to peace, prosperity and sympathy.

I used inverted commas because they are actually white bracts that look like big, oval petals, while the actual blooms are in a thick cluster in the middle.

They look lovely and harmonious with the equally pointed broad and long mid green and glossy leaves, and the whole plant has the elegance of a swan, or a flamingo… The long stem, the arching foliage, the bright colors… All give a sense of serenity and well being.

Also peace lily is equally good outdoors or as a houseplant. In the right conditions, it can even become a semi-naturalized bloomer in your garden, with little demands on you and lots of luck to offer.

  • Hardiness: USDA zones 10 to 11 but as a houseplant in all zones..
  • Light exposure: partial shade or dappled shade outdoors; indoors, it tolerates all indirect light, from bright to low.
  • Blooming season: spring, sometimes in fall as well, each bloom will last 2 months.
  • Size: 1 to 2 feet tall (30 to 60 cm) and up to 18 inches in spread (45 cm).
  • Soil requirements: high quality and rich potting soil, regularly humid and never dry indoors. Well drained and fertile loam, clay, chalk or sand based soil, never dry outdoors. The pH should be fairly to mildly acidic.

6: Jade Plant (Crassula ovata)

Crassula ovata

Jade plant is another Feng Shui favorite; it brings wealth and favors friendship also because it looks like the famous stone with the same properties. The leaves reflect joy and friendship and on the whole it brings good luck and good fortune.

These are round, thick, jade green and succulent, very smooth and they look like jewels. They can take on yellow and red colors late in the season.

The branches are elegant, covered in a smooth paper like skin, bending elegantly, and it looks like a cross between a jewel and natural bonsai.

In spring, it will cover with a profusion of star shaped light pink flowers too! No wonder it has won the Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society.

Jade plant is a wonderful companion indoors or outdoors, especially beautiful in elegant pots that bring out its unique qualities.

  • Hardiness: USDA zones 9 to 12; suitable for indoors in all zones.
  • Light exposure: full Sun or partial shade. Indoors, bright indirect light.
  • Blooming season: spring.
  • Size: 2 to 9 feet tall (60 cm to 2.1 meters) and 2 to 5 feet in spread (60 cm to 1.5 meters); it will stay small in containers and indoors.
  • Soil requirements: average to poor loam or sand based soil, very well drained with pH from mildly alkaline to mildly acidic. Indoors, use cactus mix. It is drought, salt and rocky soil tolerant.

7: Daffodil (Narcissus spp.)

Daffodils in a large pot

Daffodils are purely positive flowers, that bring serenity, rejuvenation and good luck, all of them! And you can grow them indoors very easily, in fact they are becoming more and more common as houseplants.

There are so many varieties to choose from, poet’s daffodil, jonquil, tazetta daffodil. Trumpet daffodils… With single, double, semi double blooms with white, bright yellow, orange and even some pink shades if you want…

These super fragrant spring flowers explode with their beauty very early in the season, and they are the harbingers of the good season.

This is also a flower with strong links to literature and inspiration, thanks especially to the famous Romantic poet William Wordsworth who has written a very famous poem on them.

Perfect for low maintenance gardens where they bring a sudden burst of life, you can also grow them in containers, even with a simple hydroponic system and keep them indoors, maybe in a beautiful glass vase.

In fact its cycle from budding to going back into dormancy is very short, and you can store away the bulbs in a dry, dark and cool place for the rest of the year.

  • Hardiness: USDA zones 3 to 8, suitable for cooler climates, and all climates indoors.
  • Light exposure: full Sun or partial shade.
  • Blooming season: mid spring.
  • Size: 6 inches to 2 feet tall (15 to 60 cm)m depending on the variety and up to 3 inches in spread (8.0 cm).
  • Soil requirements: medium fertile, well drained and regularly humid loam, clay, chalk or sand based soil with pH from mildly alkaline to mildly acidic. It tolerates drought when not in bloom.

8: Ginseng Ficus (Ficus retusa)

Ginseng Ficus

Ginseng ficus is a popular houseplant that brings good vibrations and fortune. In the wild it can become a tree, but we have it in our homes as a potted plant, where it keeps small, like a natural bonsai.

Some people call it “Buddha tree” because it grows large roots above ground that swell, forming what looks like a big belly. Despite this, it fits into small containers.

The crown is quite small, usually flat, or umbrella shaped, with typical elliptical dark green leaves with a very glossy sheen. Even the branches are small in comparison with the trunk.

Ginseng ficus is a very resilient tree; it tolerates neglect and it is very forgetful. Its unique look makes it ideal on desks and coffee tables, where it becomes a positive living statue.

  • Hardiness: USDA zones 10 to 11, but kept as a houseplant in most places.
  • Light exposure: bright but indirect light.
  • Blooming season: N/A.
  • Size: in full soil, up to 33 feet tall and in spread (10 meters), but it keeps small in pots, between 16 and 32 inches tall and in spread (40 to 80 cm).
  • Soil requirements: well drained general potting soil, with pH between mildly acidic and neutral. It is drought tolerant once established.

9: Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata, now renamed Dracaena trifasciata)

Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata, now renamed Dracaena trifasciata)

Snake plant is ideal to clear closed spaces from negative energy, as well as to purify the air. This popular and very sculptural houseplant, in fact, is positive according to Feng Shui, even if there are people who say the opposite.

Its strong wood element cuts off negative energy and protects you. However, you need to put it where there isn’t too much walking to and fro.

This way, this succulent that looks like pointed tongues that look at the sky with their shiny dark green and lime yellow stripes will bring prosperity, long life, intelligence, health, creativity and strength to your household. It may also blossom with green and fragrant flowers once a year.

Also snake plant is very low maintenance, once you have found it an ideal place, it will look like a steady and decorative presence with just a tiny but of water once a week and less in winter.

  • Hardiness: USDA zones 11 to 12, usually grown as a houseplant.
  • Light exposure: medium to low indirect light.
  • Blooming season: spring.
  • Size: 2 to 4 feet tall (60 to 120 cm) and 1 to 2 feet in spread (30 to 60 cm).
  • Soil requirements: well drained potting mix or cactus potting mix; add plenty of perlite if generic; it should be kept medium dry, and it prefers mildly acidic pH. It is drought tolerant.

10: French Lavender (Lavandula stoechas)

French Lavender (Lavandula stoechas)

Lavender is pure good energy, and this makes it perfect to bring good luck and attract wealth, on top of aromatherapy, soaps, perfumes and to keep moths off your clothes! It also has very high vibrational frequencies, 118 MHz, one of the highest in any plant.

There are many types of lavender but the most popular is English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia). However the most common variety for indoor spaces is french lavender, which is quite small but it has showy flowers that look like plumes, in colors from white to lavender via magenta.

The top flowers on top of the spike have big petals that stick out, while the others form a thick cluster that looks a bit like a colorful corn cob.

The thin, decorative foliage comes on upright stems and it can be green or even silver blue in color, depending on the variety you choose.

French lavender is perfect for kitchens, or informal indoor spaces, but you could also keep it in living spaces which will not only be luck, but smell good all the time too!

  • Hardiness: USDA zones 8 to 9 but you are lucky, indoors you can have it in any climate.
  • Light exposure: lots of bright indirect light.
  • Blooming season: usually spring and summer; in some countries you will get repeat blooms, even in fall.
  • Size: 1 to 3 feet tall and in spread (30 to 90 cm).
  • Soil requirements: even poor but well drained loam, chalk or sand based soil with pH from mildly alkaline to mildly acidic. It is drought, salt and rocky soil tolerant.

11: Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)

Devils Ivy house plant

Golden pothos isn’t just one of the most popular houseplants of all time, it is also a Feng Shui plant that produces a flow of good energy and it brings wealth and good luck.

This, on top of being an extraordinary air purifier. Then again, it is very beautiful, with its long trailing branches with large, heart shaped leaves with light green and cream yellow patches.

On the whole, this elegant friend will reduce anxiety and stress, and you should place it in a corner to receive the best results.

Golden pothos is ideal on top of shelves or cupboards, and it is also an excellent bathroom plant.

What is more, it is easy to grow and reproduce, and it adapts perfectly well to simple hydroponic methods, like a simple jug or vase.

  • Hardiness: USDA zones 10 to 11 but usually grown as a houseplant.
  • Light exposure: bright indirect light; the foliage color will reflect the amount of light, becoming more variegated in better lit places.
  • Blooming season: N/A.
  • Size: in Nature, up to 40 feet long (12 meters), but indoors it will grow to about 10 feet (3.0 meters), and it’s very easy to crop.
  • Soil requirements: well drained and regularly humid soilless potting mix, with pH from mildly acidic to neutral.

12: Money Tree (Pachira aquatica)

Money Tree (Pachira aquatica)

As the name suggests, popular belief tells us that Pachira aquatica will bring money to your household, hence the name.

Native of South and Central America, this exotic beauty has found fortune in Taiwan and East Asian Countries, where people like to keep it indoors to attract abundance and wealth.

It is also known as Guiana chestnut, thanks to its foliage, which looks like a tropical version of this tree. The leaves are long, emerald, pointed and broad and very glossy indeed. In fact it almost looks like a plastic plant.

They come in elegant crowns on top of amazing multiple trunks that intertwine, like in plaits! The start off slightly bulging and dark brown at the bottom.

As you go up towards the foliage, you will find a light brown, paper like part, then finally green bits where they shoot off into small branches. 

Money plant is perfect for any living space, even on its own, thanks to its very strong presence. It likes regular pruning, which keeps it lush and vibrant. It also likes constant humidity, so, don’t forget to spray it regularly, especially in summer.

  • Hardiness: USDA zones 10 to 12 but grown as a houseplant.
  • Light exposure: bright indirect and diffuse light, best if east facing; north facing is not suitable.
  • Blooming season: N/A.
  • Size: in the wild, it can grow to 60 feet tall (18 meters) but indoors, it keeps to about 8 feet tall (2.4 meters) and 4 feet in spread (1.2 meters).
  • Soil requirements: well drained, sandy and peat moss or substitute based soil. It likes humidity but allow the top 2 to 4 inches (5.0 to 10 cm) of soil to dry before watering. The pH should range from mildly acidic to neutral.

13: Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica)

You can place rubber plant in any spot of your home to receive good luck; it is especially good for wealth, money and prosperity. But it is also a very decorative and popular houseplant.

The name comes from its broad, glossy elliptical leaves, which look like they are made of rubber (you guessed!). Each can reach 12 inches in length (30 cm) and they have a clear, straight rib in the middle and a series of small, soft undulating lines that lead from it to the edge of the leaf.

The light effects it produces are great, especially if you keep them clean. Add the amazing colors to the effect though. They range from rich emerald green to purple and when they are young, they appear as red “horns”, as they are curled up. 

Rubber plant forms a lovely, showy small bush with an upright habit that can transform any indoor corner into an exotic, sculptural focal point, this, on top of prosperity of course!

  • Hardiness: USDA zones 10 to 11 but usually grown indoors.
  • Light exposure: bright indirect light.
  • Blooming season: N/A.
  • Size: up to 100 feet tall and in spread outdoors (30 meters!) but indoors it will keep to about 8 feet tall (2.4 meters) and 5 feet in spread (1.5 meters); it is easy to prune too.
  • Soil requirements: well drained and loose, best one part potting soil, one part pine bark and one part coarse sand or perlite. It likes constant humidity and pH from mildly acidic to neutral.

14: Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)

Potted Nephrolepis exaltata

According to Feng Shui, Boston fern would attract pure positive energy, good luck and will repel negative vibes! It is equally suitable as an indoor or outdoor plant, and for sure you will feel its bright energy in your home.

The bright green, finely segmented fronds form a thick tuft of light filled and draping foliage. Each leaf is a long and filigree like blade, made up of many tightly packed and roughly triangular leaflets.

This alone will bring a smile on your face any time you see it. In fact, it is popular in hanging baskets, but really you can have it in other places as well.

Place it where you want to clear energy from negativity. It is a winner of the Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society as well, so you will get a champion of good fortune if you choose it.

Boston fern is an easy plant to grow, low maintenance and very forgiving. People like to grow it on bookshelves as well, but really, any place indoors will do.

  • Hardiness: USDA zones 8 to 12, only grown as a houseplant in other climates.
  • Light exposure: bright indirect light during fall and winter, it prefers medium indirect light in spring.
  • Blooming season: N/A. 
  • Size: 1 to 3 feet tall and in spread (30 to 90 cm).
  • Soil requirements: light and humus rich, very well drained potting mix; add perlite or sand and keep it humid. It needs acidic pH.

15: Cattleya Orchids (Cattleya bicolor subsp. brasiliensis)

Corsage Orchid (Cattleya bicolor subsp. brasiliensis)

All orchids bring peace, serenity and good fortune, but we picked one out of the thousands of varieties, cattleya orchid for you.

It is not as popular as moth orchids or slipper orchids, but it is a stunning beauty and it has lovely shades of purple, the color of good luck!

The labellum is open and like a parted lip, of a bright magenta shade. The other five sepals have a unique bronze purple tint, very elegant and unusual.

They are about 4 inches across (10 cm) and they stand out among the glossy, long and leathery mid green leaves. These too come from decorative pseudobulbs that complete the spectacle of this Brazilian beauty.

Corsage orchid is a Cattleya, one of the most famous orchid species, and an epiphyte, used to growing on trees; place it where everybody can see it, because you really don’t want your friends to miss it. It is more suitable to homes than offices, because the air may be a bit too dry in working places.

  • Hardiness: USDA zones 10 to 13, but mostly grown as a houseplant.
  • Light exposure: bright to medium indirect light.
  • Blooming season: it can blossom at any time of the year except winter; repeated blooms are common too.
  • Size: 1 to 3 feet tall (30 to 90 cm) and 1 to 2 feet in spread (30 to 60 cm).
  • Soil requirements: use orchid bark, never use soil, it grows on trees, not in the soil. Keep humid at all times, avoid stagnant water but spray the plant abundantly especially in the hot season.

Lucky Plants for Lucky People!

Lucky Plants for Lucky People!

Both indoors and outdoors, you can clear negative energy with plants and attract good fortune to yourself, your family, your home and even your land.

One thing though… remember to treat them well, and you will soon get a better life, and a greener environment as well!

Adriano Bulla

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Adriano Bulla

After many years as an academic in London, Adriano Bulla became a writer, publishing books like A History of Gardening, Organic Gardening and Elements of Garden Design; he then decided to become a gardener, following his childhood dream, and has been following his dream writing and gardening professionally in Southern Europe, where he has specialized in new and innovative organic gardening fields and techniques, like permaculture, regenerative agriculture, food forests and hydroponics.

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