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Feng shui lucky sansevieria care and tips

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Why is a lucky sansevieria considered lucky? One easy way to improve the feng shui of any home is by including a lucky sansevieria as part of your home decor. Living plants improve the qi of any room in which they are placed, and the lucky sansevieria is considered an especially auspicious plant to include in both the home and work environments. While its long straight leaves would normally attract negative qi, the plant itself expresses the concept of "upward mobility". This is especially auspicious for a place of business.

Due to its tendency to produce offsets readily, the lucky sansevieria itself is considered to be a symbol of luck and abundance. Not only does a lucky sansevieria make an excellent housewarming gift, but if you think your home could use some luck, it can be a great gift to yourself!

What is a 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. In this application, the cylindrica form is common as the leaves can be braided.

Caring for your lucky sansevieria

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 for division with a clean potting knife.

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.

Lucky sansevieria placement

Where to place your lucky sansevieria? The sansevieria is best placed near the front door (outside, climate permitting), to the right side of the entrance. It is considered a protective plant, which will attract positive qi to all who dwell within.

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

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