The One Plant You Should Never Keep In Your Home, According To Feng Shui

According to the ancient Chinese art of feng shui, one's home should reflect the person living there and the goals they have. And as long as it's been around, the practice hasn't gone stale or obsolete. As a matter of fact, it is growing in popularity, says Healthline. If you've always wanted to incorporate this ancient practice into your home, there are a number of ways to do so.

According to Goalcast, feng shui can guide you on everything from your furniture arrangement, lighting, lifestyle habits, and even which plants you add to your rooms. They explain that when it comes to clearing out stagnant energy in a home, feng shui practitioners often turn to plants, particularly in the dark corners where chi is thought to accumulate. You may purge an area of poor chi with as little as a plant. However, you shouldn't add just any greenery to your space. In fact, there is one you must avoid at all costs.

Why say no to bonsai?

According to Feng Shui Beginner, you should not keep bonsai in your house since it is a plant that exhibits stunted growth. Feng shui's principles of organic development are challenged when growth is constrained or regulated. In addition, they explain that this symbolizes a lack of progress in your personal and professional life; therefore, it is much preferable to pick plants with more positive energies tied to them. They also highlight the fact that you must absolutely love the species you bring into your space.

Also, bonsai trees aren't the easiest to care for. As Plant Paladin explains, they require a lot of attention and may even need to be watered twice a day. Bonsais are also not the best plants if you're just getting started with greenery because caring for them can be a little complicated. They're also on the pricey side and require very specific lighting needs to thrive.

Which plants to get instead

Don't worry, though; there are plenty of plants feng shui encourages, which will ensure good vibes in your home. Bloomscape recommends the Pachira aquatica, more commonly known as the money tree if you want to encourage wealth and success in your home.

A snake plant is also a great option, best for placing near your front door or close to a large window. They note that while the snake plant is ideal for your workspace, it should be avoided in bedrooms or children's rooms. In addition, rubber trees are an excellent choice for eliminating toxins from the house's eating area and will simply thrive there. These plants have a calming and soothing effect on the home's southeast and east zones.

Petal Republic recommends bringing ginseng ficus plants into your space. Since they're fig trees and yield fruit, they will also encourage plentiful and prosperous energy. In addition, ginseng ficus is also known to cleanse the air. Other plants they suggest include the jade plant, aloe vera, and parlor palms.