Chinese tend to bestow auspicious meanings to almost everything, and plants are no exception. So here’s a list of plants that are as auspicious as they intend to be.
Money Tree Plant (Pachira Aquatica)
The legend which gave this plant its name says that the money tree plant will bring great wealth to its owner, and the trunks are usually braided together to “lock in” luck and fortune. Once the trunks have been braided, they will continue to grow this way, but it occasionally might need some trimming to keep it all in place. However, if you want your plant to develop fully, choose one with unplaited stems.
Feng shui practitioners believe that the Pachira aquatica creates “chi,” positive energy that brings luck in homes, and they commonly decorate it with different ornaments to improve this ability.
Chinese Money Plant (Pilea peperomioides)
This is as close as you can get to having money growing on a plant. The round-shaped leaves of this plant grows and dangles like coins along a central stem, making a beautiful statement in any setting.
Generally an easy plant as long as it gets sufficient bright light and adequate water in normal room humidity. The best thing about this plant is its ability to grow pups which you can remove and grow into another plant. Give it to a friend and share your wealth.
Flamingo Lily (Anthurium Adraeanum Red)
We can’t do Chinese New year without some red, and here’s where the Anthurium Adraeanum Red comes in!
With glossy green leaves and rich red blooms, this is one of the most stunning plants to grow indoors. Also known as flamingo lily or painter’s palette, it will add a touch of luxury to an indoor space.
Like all anthuriums, this plant loves humidity. So, give it a regular mist or place it near a humidifier to keep it in tip-top condition.
Silver Dollar Vine (Xerosicyos danguyi)
With that adorable succulent foliage, interesting urge to climb, and next-to-nothing care requirements, this beautiful plant, commonly known as silver dollar vine, has gained many admirers. Although it may not look like it at first, silver dollar vine, is a member of the cucumber family, Cucurbitaceae. But we don’t really care much more than how the succulent plump leaves look like delicious macarons or better still, coins!
The rule of thumb for this plant to thrive, is basically, lots of bright light, a little water and lots of love.
ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)
Zamioculcas zamiifolia (more commonly known as the ZZ plant) is one of the most hardy plants around and perfect for any brown thumb or new plant parent. They are often mistaken for an artificial plant because of their rich green and waxy leaves. Locally, they even have an auspicious name called the 发财树。
ZZ plants can tolerate a range of growing conditions and can survive even after weeks of neglect. These plants can even thrive with bright, fluorescent light which is one of the main reasons why they are a popular choice for indoor spaces with no windows.
And with the right conditions, this plant is a multiplier, and before long, you’d end up with a plant few times its size when you first got them!
Dracaena Marginata (Dragon Tree)
You know you are in luck when you have a dragon in the house.
And this comes in the form of a dracaena, or the Dragon Tree which breathes life into any household. One of the easiest plants to grow, this beautiful art form of a plant looks good in any size. Unknown to many, this is also a flowering plant, although the flowers are very rare. It is believed that if one manages to get the plant to flower, it is a sign of good fortune arriving!