The Feng Shui Money Plant and How to Place One

a money plant in the living room area

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We're often asked about feng shui money plants. What are they? Why use them? How do they work? You're in the right place! Read on to learn more about these so-called feng shui money plants. We'll teach you why plants are so important in feng shui, what are money plants, and how to place them in your home.

Why Are Plants Used in Feng Shui?

You’ve probably noticed that feng shui practitioners tend to love plants. Houseplants are helpful feng shui adjustments for a few reasons. First, having plants inside our homes helps reconnect us to nature. In our current world, we spend so much time inside that we can feel disconnected from the natural world around us. Indoor plants are a great way to remedy this and help bring nature inside our spaces.

Plants also represent the wood element, which symbolizes growth, flexibility, and kindness. Taking care of another living thing, including a plant, can help you cultivate compassion, and you can watch them grow and thrive as you continue to care for them. Plants are also a source of healthy, vibrant life qi and can uplift the energy in your home.

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3 Common Types of Money Plants

There are a few different kinds of plants known as “money plants" in feng shui. These plants can be especially helpful in supporting intentions to bring in more wealth and abundance, and inviting more growth in that area of your life. 

Pilea Peperomioides

One of these plants is Pilea peperomioides, also known as the Coin Plant, or Chinese Money Plant. It has round, shiny leaves that resemble coins. Pilea is low maintenance and does best with medium light. It is also easy to propagate and share with friends, which can help you to feel even more abundant! When the little babies pop up, be sure to share the wealth. Being generous and sharing what you do have is an important factor in welcoming more prosperity. 

Pilea Peperomioides house plant in a gray pot in front of a white wall, Chinese money plant
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Jade Plant

Jade plants (Crassula ovata), sometimes called money trees, are popular house plants because they are generally easy to care for. They do require a good amount of light to thrive, so make sure you find a sunny spot for your jade plant.

Like the pilea, their leaves also look a bit like coins. The slow and steady growth of the jade plant can represent the steady accumulation of wealth.

Jade plants are connected to the precious jade stone. Their succulent leaves resemble the precious jade stone, which is considered lucky as well as promoting long life in feng shui.

Jade plant, lucky plant, money plant or money tree, (Crassula ovata)
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Pachira Aquatica

Pachira aquatica is another plant that goes by the name of money tree. It is often used as a feng shui adjustment to bring prosperity and good fortune. It’s also an easy plant to care for; it grows well indoors and can tolerate lower light environments.

The stems are often braided, symbolizing interconnectedness and longevity. Three stems can represent new beginnings while five relate to the five elements.

pachira aquatica
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Best Locations For Money Plants

When deciding where to put your money plant, make sure you’re familiar with the needs of that plant, so you can find a place in your home where it will thrive. An unhealthy plant in the most auspicious location is still an unhealthy plant, and will not be a source of fresh and vibrant qi. 

Office or Workspace

It can be beneficial to locate a money plant in your office or workspace, to invite prosperity and financial abundance in your career. You can even place it on your desk as a visual reminder of the wealth you are inviting in. 

Bedroom

Money plants are also good additions to a bedroom. Your bedroom represents you, so any feng shui adjustments you make here have the potential to be very impactful in your personal life. Plants are also great for improving indoor air quality, which can be very beneficial in the bedroom since that is where we go to rest and be rejuvenated. 

Wealth Corner

You can also find the wealth corner of your home and place your money plant there. To find the wealth corner, imagine a three-by-three grid (like a tic-tac-toe board) laid over your home. Stand at your front door, and find the farthest corner of the grid on your left-hand side; that’s your wealth area. You can also find the wealth area of your bedroom or office in the same way: stand in the door facing into the room and find the far left corner.