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When it comes to plants, there are really no good and bad feng shui plants. As long as a plant is healthy, it sure has good feng shui. However, there are certainly good and bad feng shui areas to place your plants for best home or office feng shui.

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Question: Are There Good and Bad Feng Shui Plants?
I love plants and have various plants in my home. My belief is that plants are very good feng shui. However, a friend told me that there are bad feng shui plants, too. Which plants are good feng shui and which plants are bad feng shui? Thank you.
Answer: Good feng shui question, thank you for asking! I would not go as far as to say that there are bad feng shui plants and good feng shui plants. It is more about the feng shui positioning of specific plants in specific feng shui bagua areas of one's home or office.

Plants are always excellent feng shui for a home or office because they bring vibrant Chi, or energy into one's space. As long as the plants are kept healthy, are placed in good feng shui bagua areas, (as well as in visually pleasing pots), you can be sure they are good feng shui.

First, let's start with what the plants that are usually referred to as good feng shui plants.

We can divide the so-called good feng shui plants in two categories:
  1. The feng shui plants known as top air purifying plants, as there can be no good feng shui energy in a home or office without clean, good quality air. Many beautiful plants are in this category - from the tall and graceful Areca Palm to the abundant and lush Boston Fern.

    => Check the Top 10 Feng Shui Air Purifying Plants


  2. The good feng shui plants also known as the traditional feng shui money plants. The term is usually the money plant, but there are at least two plants that are widely used as a feng shui money plant.

    => Read All About the Feng Shui Money Plant

The so-called bad feng shui plants are usually the plants that, because of their shape, can bring undesired energy into one's home. The Cactus plant is a classic example of a so-called bad feng shui plant, because its energy is very "spiky".

Sometimes the Mother-in-Law's Tongue plant, also called the Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) is considered a bad feng shui plant. However, this is not true, because the the Snake Plant can bring very helpful feng shui energy when needed in specific areas of a home or office; this plant has strong protective energies.

As for the feng shui positioning of plants in one's home or office, the best spots are in the bagua areas that are nourished by the Wood element of the plant. East, Southeast and South bagua areas are excellent feng shui areas to decorate with plants.

The North bagua area can be weakened by the presence of a strong feng shui Wood element (too many plants), so it is best to avoid many plants in the North. The same applies to Southwest, Northwest, West and Northeast areas; only a moderate presence of plants is recommended in these areas.

The feng shui placement of plants in different bagua areas is based on the interplay of the five feng shui elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. Once you understand the basics of this interaction, you will find it really easy to make the right choice when decorating your house of office with plants.


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