15 Good Luck Plants to Bring Fortune to Your Home

Placed strategically throughout the house, certain good luck plants are believed to bring prosperity, fortune, health and more. Here's what the feng shui experts say.  

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Good luck houseplants
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Feng shui flora

An ancient Chinese practice, feng shui is all about cultivating spaces so the energy of the person living there can thrive. This means the positioning of furniture and even indoor plants matter when creating a flow of harmony that matches the natural order of the world. And according to feng shui experts, there are certain good luck plants that are believed to naturally attract good energy into the space.

Depending on the plant you choose, you can bring different kinds of luck into your life and into your home, says feng shui consultant and author Carole Hyder. The lucky bamboo plant, for instance, can attract financial luck, while others are known to bring romance, harmony and health.

An important note about good luck plants

They need to be well cared for. Obviously, a wilted plant won’t bring your space good luck or clean air. In fact, a dying plant may even cultivate bad luck because it drains the space of energy. Every plant needs water and sunlight to thrive, but the amount varies, so continue reading to learn which good luck plants might best fit your lifestyle and location year around.

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Lucky bamboo houseplant
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Type of luck: Wealth and good fortune

“Bamboo is known for its durability and resilience through all the seasons,” Hyder says. Because it never loses its leaves, the lucky bamboo plant symbolizes courage in the midst of adversity. Providing strength and support, this is one of a few good luck plants that can bring about wealth and fortune.

To attract the most luck, keep the bamboo plant on a highly visible surface. Many realtors will place the plant on a living room coffee table during open houses. It’s an easy-to-care-for plant, and because bamboo only requires daylight and simple watering instructions, it can be placed anywhere in a house where you might need a bit more luck, including an office.

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Potted basil plant
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Type of luck: Health

Do you love to cook at home? Basil, a symbol of general fortune and health, is one of the most popular herbs to grow. According to holistic herbal medicine, basil leaves can treat colds, inflammation and blood circulation. Because of this, the basil plant is believed to ward off bad energies.

This good luck plant is one that needs a lot of sunlight and water. And since it’s most often used in cooking, you’ll want to place it in your kitchen or dining area.

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Potted mums
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Type of luck: Longevity

“The chrysanthemum flower blooms in late autumn and early winter, making it an emblem of longevity,” Hyder says. Chrysanthemums, especially yellow ones that resemble the sun, can also bring happiness into a home. Which means this good luck plant not only symbolizes a long life, but also longevity in health, happiness and harmony.

Although often used as a cut flower placed in a vase, this plant can be grown indoors. You will want to find a potted plant if you intend to grow it in your home. Chrysanthemums, like their sunny disposition, require warmth and regular watering.

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Chinese money plant
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Chinese money plant

Type of luck: Money

Pilea peperomioides, most frequently known as the Chinese money plant, is one of the most potent good luck plants when it comes to financial wealth. Also known as the UFO plant or coin plant, Hyder says this small indoor plant has “not only round coin-like leaves but also creates offshoots representing more ways to bring in financial success.”

Unlike other sun-loving plants, the Chinese money plant needs indirect sunlight. You should allow the plant’s soil to dry out before watering well about once a week. Although the plant can flower outdoors, you should not expect the plant to produce flowers indoors.

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Cactus plants indoors
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Type of luck: Boundary setting

In feng shui, the cactus, a type of succulent, can be a controversial plant to incorporate into a household, Hyder says. The plant’s prickly spines can feel aggressive and dangerous. Many feng shui experts would argue against putting a cactus in one’s home at all, especially in a bedroom, because those sleeping in that room may adopt the prickly attitude. Nevertheless, the cactus is a popular houseplant because it comes in many varieties and succulent plant care is generally easy.

The cactus can also represent the importance of setting boundaries, says Hyder. The placement of a cactus plant should be subtle, such as next to a cabinet if it is larger or on a bookshelf if the plant is on the smaller side. The cactus can also absorb argumentative energies, but if you begin to feel nervous or irritable, check the placement of your cactus plant.

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Fittonia houseplant
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Type of luck: Offsets negative energy

Fittonia, or nerve plants, are known for their vibrant pink or white veins that stand out on dark leaves. Aside from their eye-catching nature, this is one of those good luck plants that represents growth and renewal. Although small, these plants radiate good energy and can offset the negative energy that collects in less-used spaces. This tropical plant is best suited for a terrarium or a bathroom with indirect sunlight, and is an overall low-light indoor plant that does require frequent watering.

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Potted English ivy
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Type of luck: Restoration

Ivy is a great air filter plant, which is why you may see it at your local coffee shops. More than that, Hyder highlights that the ivy plant represents “friendship and patience because it attaches itself securely to objects.” In addition, this good luck plant brings happiness, positivity and restorative energy.

Super low maintenance, ivy can sustain itself in dark places, which makes it a great plant for areas that receive very little energy flow. Ivy can revive spaces, such as the tops of cabinets and hard-to-reach corners that restrict your living space’s positivity.

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Jade plant
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Type of luck: Financial success

A great addition to your home office, the jade plant is often considered the money plant, and that is because “its leaves are round, resembling coins,” says Hyder. “When it eventually blooms, the belief is that money will begin to flow into the household.”

This good luck plant requires a lot of sunlight but not too much watering. Moreover, the colour of its leaves can indicate the air quality of the room, with green being healthy and yellow being less so.

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Bouquet of peonies
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Type of luck: Love and healing

Known as the king of flowers in China, the peony is, according to Hyder, a symbol of prosperity and nobility. Flowers are especially meaningful because of their beauty and because in nature, they offer a fragrant smell and sustenance in the form of nectar. Mirroring its natural state, peonies in particular bring beauty, love and healing—the meaning behind the flower’s name, after all, comes from Paeon, the Greek physician of the gods.

The purple varieties are considered to have the highest value because of the colour’s association with royalty. And while you might think that peonies can only be introduced to the home as cut flowers, smaller varieties of the plant, such as the Chinese peony, can be grown indoors—it’ll just need a space at least one foot wide and one foot deep. These plants tend to thrive in cool temperatures with at least five hours of direct sunlight.

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Snake plant
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Mother-in-law’s tongue

Type of luck: Protection

Also called a snake plant for its slick-looking upward leaves, mother-in-law’s tongue brings strong protective energies. In terms of placement, “a mother-in-law’s tongue plant works best near the front door,” says Hyder. While its sharp edges are not suitable for a bedroom, they could work in a sitting room where outsiders are invited into your home. The mother-in-law’s tongue plant is a hardy plant that requires very little maintenance and should only be watered sporadically.

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Potted philodendron plant
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Type of luck: Inspiration

With its heart-shaped leaves, the philodendron can bring a fiery passion into your house—feng shui experts believe it symbolizes the fire element. This good luck plant grows well in dark corners and is a great hanging plant. And if you’re in need of innovation, creativity or ingenuity, it’s the perfect plant to bring into a studio space or office when the energy is low or inspiration has run dry.

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Purple potted orchid
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Type of luck: Healthy relationships

Orchids are known for their beauty and elegance, which is why many orchid lovers enjoy a life of luxury. Confucius even made remarks about its exquisite characteristics, including its unique petal formations, which made the flower even more popular in China, says Hyder. Symbolically, this flowering plant is indicative of new beginnings and blessings. Similarly, according to feng shui principles, it can bring about romance and fertility.

With their long stems and long-lasting blooms, they can cultivate a stable and loving relationship. It is important to keep the orchid out of direct sunlight and to water when the soil dries. Between blooms, the plant may be less appealing to look at, but even in this stage, this good luck plant replicates the patience needed to sustain a healthy relationship.

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Potted spider plant
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Spider plant

Type of luck: Stability

With its ribbon-like appearance, the spider plant is believed to bring good luck with its naturally strong and long leaves. The leaves of the plant represent growth, while its white flowers are a symbol of purity. The plant as a whole is believed to bring about a long life and stability. It’s also an indoor plant known to remove toxins from the air, and maintenance is simple.

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Small tangerine tree
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Tangerine tree

Type of luck: Wealth

Bringing wealth and peace, a tangerine tree might be the perfect choice for those with more space in their homes. The fruit from this good luck plant, Hyder points out, almost resembles gold coins hanging on a tree.

A gifted tangerine tree should never be refused, Hyder says, because in doing so, the recipient is essentially turning away luck and abundance. These indoor fruit trees should be kept in temperate conditions, not too hot and not too cold, with at least four hours of sunlight, and watered once a week.

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Potted rubber tree
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Rubber tree

Type of luck: Money and happiness

The rubber tree is a tall indoor plant with dark green leaves that brings abundance, happiness and wealth. Placing a rubber tree in a corner is a great choice, notes Hyder, as the rounded leaves can offset the harshness of the sharp angle. The perfect corner is a southeast corner, as this direction governs wealth, according to feng shui. With proper care, the plant grows tall, “adding an element of majesty and gentleness.” Water every one to two weeks and provide around seven hours of indirect sunlight.

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