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Why are lucky plants considered lucky? One easy way to improve the feng shui of any home is by including lucky plants as part of your home decor. Living plants improve the qi of any room in which they are placed.

Certain plants are considered especially auspicious plants to include in both the home and work environments. These are plants that tend to grow and offset readily in addition to being easy to propagate; this tendency makes the plants a symbol of luck and abundance. Not only do lucky plants make an excellent housewarming gifts, but if you think your home could use some luck, they can be a great gift to yourself!

Where to place your lucky plants?

All of the lucky plants are best placed near the front door (outside, climate permitting), to the right side of the entrance. This will attract positive qi to all who dwell within. Watch for new opportunities within a short time after placing your lucky plants.

Warning: Do take care not to place your lucky plants near a cactus as the cactus spines will negate the positive qi.

What is lucky bamboo?

The plant we commonly call "lucky bamboo" is not actually a bamboo. Its scientific name is Dracaena braunii, and it is native to Africa. Despite its origin, it is a popular houseplant in Southeast Asia. Its bright green leaves can be seen on the counters of many shops and restaurants.

Choosing a lucky bamboo plant

lucky bamboo First, choose a lucky bamboo plant that is green and healthy. Bruising or insect damage are signs of an unhealthy plant, as are drooping yellow leaves.

Lucky bamboo plants are typically grown in water (hydroponics). If the plant you have selected is grown in soil, check that the soil is not dry at the time of purchase as dry soil will kill the plant. Roots will grow whenever the plant's stem is in contact with moisture, whereas these same roots will dry out and die without inadequate water. Use a toothpick or small wooden dowel to check the dampness of the soil. A clean toothpick means it is dry all the way down, so choose another plant whose soil is moist to wet.

lucky bamboo Care of lucky bamboo plants

Lucky bamboo is an easy-care plant, requiring only low lighting and water. Too much care can actually kill it. Those who are unlucky in gardening will enjoy having such a low maintenance plant.

If you feel that your plant might benefit from fertilizer, a generic "plant food" will not provide the proper nutrients for this particular plant. Choose a plant food designed for water plants or epiphytes for best results.

Help, why are the leaves and stem turning yellow?

If your lucky bamboo plant turns yellow, it is getting too much light. These plants need low light conditions to thrive. Your plant will perk up if you move it to a dark interior room for a few days.

Choosing the proper planter

When selecting a planter for your lucky bamboo plant, the important consideration is that you can easily see the water level in the container. There needs to be at least an inch of water; do not let your plant dry out. I prefer to use glass planters or vases since it is easy to see the water level. However the pretty ceramic pots used for bonsai plants also work well since they are fairly shallow.

Decorative rocks or not?

You will need to add some small rocks to your plant to stabilize your plant. Select rocks that will fit comfortably into your planter: smaller rocks for a small single-stem planter, larger rocks for a larger lucky bamboo arrangement.

lucky bamboo How many lucky bamboo stalks do I need?

Different feng shui meanings are traditionally assigned to different numbers of lucky bamboo stalks. Three, five, and twenty-one stalks are the best groupings to look for, as those are considered to be "lucky numbers".

You might also see heart-shaped lucky bamboo plants. These are thought to be lucky for love. Pineapple-shaped lucky bamboo plants are considered a welcoming symbol and should be placed near the entrance of your home or shop.

What is a lucky jade plant?

lucky jade plant The scientific name of the plant we commonly call "lucky jade plant" is Crassula ovata. It is a succulent plant native to South Africa, but can be commonly seen outside homes and in shops in southeast Asia due to its auspicious qualities. In this application, it is commonly used for bonsai as the plant is easy to shape.

Choosing a lucky jade plant

First, choose a lucky jade plant that is green and healthy. Bruising or insect damage are signs of an unhealthy plant, as are drooping yellow leaves.

Warning: Jade plants are especially prone to mealybugs, so check the undersides of the leaves.

lucky jade plant Care of lucky jade plants

While commonly green, the leaves of the jade plant can acquire a reddish tinge to the edge of the leaves with sufficient exposure to bright light. It is considered a full sun plant, but it likes a cooler dry place during the winter when it is flowering.

Choosing a pot for your lucky jade plant

Select a pot with drainage holes for your jade plant, and use a top dressing of small stones or grit.

Lucky jade plants are grown in a non-soil potting mix intended for cactus and palms. They do not require fertilizer.

Jade plants should be watered only as-needed, as root rot from excessive water will kill the plant. Use a toothpick or small wooden dowel to check the dampness of the soil. A clean toothpick means it is dry all the way down, so that would be a good time for watering.

Help, why are the leaves and stem turning yellow?

If your lucky jade plant turns yellow, it is getting too much water. These plants need fairly dry conditions to thrive. Pour off the excess water as best as you can, or even repot the whole plant in a dry potting mix. If you opt for repotting, let it dry out for several days before even thinking about watering it again.

Propagating your lucky jade plant

This plant can be propagated by removing a leaf at the base and letting the cut edge callus over. Once that is done, place the leaf on the plant's soil so it can grow new roots. Roots will grow wherever the leaf's base is in contact with sufficient moisture.

Tip: If you are successful with propagating your jade plant, the extra plants can be potted up and spread around your home. They are also excellent gifts if you would like to share the wealth.

What is a lucky sansevieria?

lucky sansevieria The scientific name of the plant we commonly call "lucky sansevieria" is Sansevieria spp.. There are several species of this plant such as Sansevieria cylindrica with a cylindrical leaf shape and the common Sansevieria trifasciata, which includes several cultivars such as 'Laurentii' with its lovely yellow variegation and 'Hahnii' (a dwarf form). It is a succulent plant native to West Africa, but can be commonly seen outside homes and in shops in southeast Asia due to its auspicious qualities. While its long straight leaves would normally attract negative qi, the plant itself expresses the concept of "upward mobility". In this application, the cylindrica form is common as the leaves can be braided.

lucky Sansevieria Choosing a lucky sansevieria

First, choose a lucky sansevieria that is green and healthy. Bruising or insect damage are signs of an unhealthy plant, as are drooping yellow leaves. If the leaves are drooping, the plant's roots may be rotted.

Care of lucky sansevieria

The common form of sansevieria has striations (a striped pattern). It is considered a shade plant and should be kept out of the sun. It is also intolerant of cold and will not tolerate even a light freeze. Remember, these are tropical plants.

Choosing a pot for your lucky sansevieria

Select a pot with drainage holes for your sansevieria, and use a top dressing of small stones or grit.

Lucky sansevieria are grown in a non-soil potting mix intended for cactus and palms. They do not require fertilizer.

Sansevieria should be watered only every two to three weeks during the growing season. In the off-season, water no more than once a month, as root rot from excessive water will kill the plant. Use a toothpick or small wooden dowel to check the dampness of the soil. A clean toothpick means it is dry all the way down, so that would be a good time for watering.

Help, why are the leaves turning yellow?

If your lucky sansevieria turns yellow, it is getting too much water. These plants need fairly dry conditions to thrive. Pour off the excess water as best as you can, or even repot the whole plant in a dry potting mix. If you opt for repotting, let it dry out for several days before even thinking about watering it again.

Propagating your lucky sansevieria

Sansevieria are among the easiest plants to propagate as they readily produce offsets when left to their own devices. I recommend a tall 10 to 12 inch pot for the initial potting. When the pot is full, unpot the plant, then use a clean potting knife for division.

Tip: If you are successful with propagating your sansevieria, the extra plants can be potted up and spread around your home. They are also excellent gifts if you would like to share the wealth.

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