Houseplants are often used to bring a touch of freshness and nature to our homes.
But did you know that they can also be linked to good or bad luck and negative energies? This is reflected in certain cultures and beliefs, as is the case with feng shui. This practice involves organizing living space to create a balance with the natural world and is based on harnessing the energy, or chi, in the home to harness forces and establish harmony. Myth or reality, there are certain rules to follow when it comes to placing houseplants in different areas of the home.
6 unlucky places not to plant plants at home
Discover these places to avoid according to feng shui beliefs:
Feng shui recommends avoiding placing too many plants in the bedroom, as this can disrupt rest and relaxation due to the plants’ active energy.
In front of the front door
Having large plants right in front of your front door can obstruct the flow of energy and make it difficult for opportunities and luck to enter.
Behind the furniture
According to feng shui, it’s advisable to take advantage of the larger, airier spaces in the house to place your plants. However, placing them behind furniture can impede the passage of energy.
Above the dining room table
Placing plants directly on the dining table is also not recommended according to feng shui, as the active energy of plants can interfere with harmony during meals.
In the bathroom
Although houseplants are perfect for placing in the bathroom because they absorb moisture, some species, such as succulents or sansevieria, can attract bad energy due to excess humidity.
Under the mirrors
Although the combination of plants and mirrors may seem wonderful, according to feng shui, it’s not advisable to place plants, especially succulents, under mirrors. Together, these elements block and reinforce bad energy.
Sights you didn’t know about houseplants
In addition to their decorative aspect, houseplants have many health benefits and can bring a relaxing, natural touch to interior spaces. Discover a few curiosities about these organisms:
- Air purification: Certain houseplants, such as peace lily, bamboo palm and pothos, can purify the air by absorbing certain toxins and pollutants present in the environment.
- Relaxation and stress reduction: simply looking at houseplants can have a positive effect on mood and stress reduction.
- Plant communication: Plants can communicate with each other via chemicals and electrical signals to prepare and defend themselves when one of them is attacked by insects.
- Curious scientific names: Some houseplant scientific names can be curious and reflect unique characteristics, such as “Monstera deliciosa” also known as the “Swiss cheese plant”.
- Adaptability: Houseplants are able to adapt to different light, humidity and temperature conditions inside the home.
- Propagation: Many houseplants can be easily propagated by cuttings or division, allowing you to expand your plant collection.
- Night flowers: Some houseplants, like Christmas cactus and lady of the night, produce flowers that release their fragrance at night to attract nocturnal pollinators.
- Improved concentration: Having houseplants in the workplace or at school can improve concentration and productivity.
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