By Patricia Bianca S. Taculao

Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of arranging a space’s specifics in accordance with a person’s energy (Qi) to keep a continuous flow of productivity and positivity. It also involves using objects believed to be lucky in order to activate, or usher in fortune, prosperity, health, and other positive attributes.

Among the charms used in feng shui, plants have gained a place in bringing about good luck in a home or establishment. Although there is a specific plant that is regarded to be “lucky” throughout a year, according to a plant enthusiast who requested to not be named, there are several other plant varieties which are still believed to bring success.

For instance, the snake plant (Sansevieria) is a recurring household plant that is known to add a sense of security to a space through its strong protective energies that emanates from its sturdy, upright leaves. Sansevieria is also known as “espada” or sword because of how its leaves look like blades. 

A snake plant or sansevieria.

Another plant that’s deemed to bring fortune is the money tree (Pachira Aquatica), which the country imports from Taiwan. The money tree is a tree which consists of five trunks braided together to represent the five elements in feng shui topped by a canopy of upright leaves which, according to the plant enthusiast, is symbolizes hands waiting for blessings from the heavens.

Characteristics of Lucky Plants

Even though there are many plants that are considered to be lucky, these greens have common traits which are helpful in caring for them. These plants also have to be durable, decorative and easy to multiply.

“They have to be low-maintenance or easy to care for kasi ‘di naman pwede na bibili ka ng plant just to have it for one day then by the next, wala na,” the plant enthusiast said. He added that its ornamental appearance can bring about positive energy which he considers is included in the luck that the plants bring about. 

In terms of propagation, he said that it is important that the plants can grow from cuttings in order to share the luck that it has with others or even as a source of income.

Things to Know Before Buying a Plant

Since plants are a common presence inside a home or establishment, here are some factors to think about before purchasing one:

  1. Space: Make sure that you have a place to put the plant. Find out how much sun your plant needs and secure a spot where it can get the proper amount of light on a regular basis as well as the right quantity of shade to keep it from drying up.
  2. Price: There are a lot of things that affect price–this includes rarity, size, and even current trends. Determine your price range for buying as well as taking care of the plant you want to acquire.
  3. Time: While some plants are low-maintenance and can usually thrive on their own, it is still necessary to check up on them to find out if they have other needs. Check your schedule if you can squeeze in some time to care for your plants.

Once all these are cleared, the only thing left to do is buy a houseplant that suits your preferences.

Flora Filipina Expo

This February 24 to March 5, the Flora Filipina Expo 2019 will take place at the Quezon Memorial Circle. Flora Filipina Expo occurs every three years and is meant to uplift as well as educate the community about the different plants and how to care for them.

Enthusiasts and experts will be present to share their knowledge about different kinds of plants. Free daily lectures will also be available to those who are interested. Other activities include conferences, competitions, and more!

For more information, contact 09178485468/9573524 or send an e-mail to philorchidsociety@gmail.com