The weather has been terrible lately; everything was covered in about 1-2 inches of ice, and now it’s just been cold and snowy. I was bored all weekend, and there haven’t been any significant developments with my little seedlings. I have just been worrying that they aren’t getting enough sunlight each day; I have been looking for grow lights, but that’s an entirely different subject.
Anyways, this boredom resulted in me just randomly surfing the internet for hours at a time; which is how I found some info on Feng Shui with your houseplants. Normally I think that the idea of Feng Shui is kind of silly, but I’m willing to try it out! My roommate doesn’t like that I have so many houseplants, so I figured that we could definitely use some more positive and happy energy in the apartment.
Here are some of the basic Feng Shui ideas:
1. Plants that are spiky or have pointy leaves are classified as “yang-looking plants.” Yang plants create dynamic, cutting lines across the chi (energy flow) of your room and are great for mental stimulation. On the other hand,’yin-like plants,’ such as a Jade plant have more of a round shape to them and will not create these lines, making the area better for mental rest.
2. Not only do plants keep the air cleaner in your room, but scented plants or herbs can definitely have a huge impact on the mood of a room. So if you feel like you need a bit of a pick me up, consider investing in some nice scented plants for your house such as Lemon Geraniums, Basil, Rosemary, or Lavender.
3. Some plants are even said to absorb possibly harmful EMF emissions from electronics such as computers. Some particular plants named were Peace Lilies, Peperomia, and Cacti.
4. If you have any hanging plants or ivy-like plants, they are best placed covering and sharp edges or corners in a room. This is done because these corners are said to create “shars” (cutting lines) across the chi of your room. Again, important places to soften these shars would be in your bedroom (particularly any shars that cut across your bed), or any corners that face your couch or chairs.
5. Paired plants or decorations are said to encourage “coupleness,” to either attract a relationship or strengthen an existing one.
6. Jade plants are well known Chinese “cures” for attracting wealth into the career areas of your life- I guess that’s why they call it the “money plant.” Set one of these where you do your work or pay your bills.
7. Last but not least, it is obvious that wilty or unhealthy plants will not bring good chi into your room. It is important to take good care of your plants, so they will keep bringing more positive energy to your space!
Now, with these tips in mind I set about rearranging my houseplants to better suit these Feng Shui principles. First I moved a pair of Jade plants to my nightstand (maybe my boyfriend will start being more romantic!) Also in my bedroom I put a nice hanging Peperomia and a few other Jade plants. In my office, I put my cacti for mental stimulation, and my Peace Lily for absorbing those crazy EMFs my computer is giving off all day long! I also put a Jade in my office for a much needed “money cure!” (Thank goodness I have a lot of Jade plants!)
Well, there you have it. Some great Feng Shui tips for all of you plant lovers to try out! I will let you know if I notice any positive differences- better sleep, more money, a roommate who likes my plants, who knows! I’m hoping it’ll work!