Plants are a wonderful addition to any family home. Beautiful indoor plants can brighten up any room, bringing life and fresh air through the house. Some plants have a remarkable ability to detox and purify the air through the process of phytoremediation, which is the use of plants to clean up soil, air and water if it has been contaminated by pollutants. Indoor plants clean the air by absorbing certain chemicals such as carbon dioxide, benzene and formaldehyde through the pores in their leaves. Pollutants like these have been linked to conditions such as asthma, nausea and other respiratory issues.
Not only can indoor plants improve the quality of air, they can also invite positive vibrations into your home. Here are 10 plants that attract and promote positive energy.
1. Lucky Bamboo
Lucky Bamboo is a symbol of, you guessed it, good luck. It’s a very popular indoor plant that is easy to grow and is one of the essential elements in Feng Shui practices. Its botanical name is Dracaena sanderiana or Dracaena braunii, and while it may share the name, it’s not an actual species of bamboo plant. Lucky Bamboo is native to West Africa and parts of South East Asia, and can grow up to 5ft tall when in the wild, or up to 3ft in the home. This bamboo is also known as Curly Bamboo, Chinese Water Bamboo, Friendship Bamboo, Goddess of Mercy plant and Ribbon plant.
Lucky bamboo grows very well in both soil and water, and you can add a drop of liquid fertilizer once a week to encourage healthy growth. Ensure you keep your Lucky Bamboo well-hydrated, as it will need clean water every two weeks. Avoid water that contains chlorine or fluoride, because these chemicals can affect the color of the leaves, making them turn yellow or brown.
Lucky Bamboo can also be cultivated to grow in spirals. This technique is done by placing the stalks on a flat greenhouse table, and three sides of the stalk are covered up. The side that is exposed to sunlight will grow in that direction, but it can take up to a year to achieve results. Lucky Bamboo is very easy to maintain. However, it won’t survive in direct sunlight, so make sure you place it in a relatively shady spot in your home. And please be aware that this plant can be toxic to cats and dogs.
Lucky Bamboo grows quite slowly, and only flowers when it’s in the wild. It’s known as Fu Gwey Zhu in Chinese, and is a popular symbol of strength due to its resilience. Lucky Bamboo is a wonderful gift for many occasions such as birthdays, housewarmings and anniversaries. Having Lucky Bamboo in your home will add luck and beauty to your life, and bring peace and prosperity to your home.