Feng Shui and Plants

Feng shui and plants have an important and very positive connection between them. Not only is the placement of a plant important, but the type of plant also plays a vital role in the needs or desires to have them in your home or office space. Plants play an equally valuable role in small spaces, especially in city apartments and spaces. With the lack of nature found in a concrete jungle especially one like New York City, having plants within your space not only physically sustains life, but symbolically gives us a connectedness to nature, which the lack of greatly affects us, both consciously and subconsciously.

Plants are an amazing natural healing remedy for allergies that are caused by pollutants and toxins either from the air or from synthetic fabrics, furniture, couches, pillows bedding, etc. In fact there are certain plants that have been scientifically proven to recycle these toxins and pollutants from its surroundings. They actually cleanse your space naturally. Here are some examples below (Latin name also provided):

Plants that eat formaldehyde:

  • Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata “Bostoiensis”)
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Gerbera daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)
  • Dwarf (swaft date palm phoneix roeblenii)
  • Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii)

Plants that eat xylene:

  • Areca palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens)
  • Dwarf (date palm Phoenix roeblenii)
  • Dumb cane (Dieffenbachia camille and Diffenbachia maculata)
  • Dragon tree (Dracaena marginata)
  • King of hearts (Homalomena)

Plants that eat ammonia

  • Lady palm (Rhapis excelsa)
  • King of hearts (Homalomena)
  • Lily turf (Liriope spicata)
  • Lady Jane (Anthurmium andracanum)
  • Chrysanthemum

Plants that eat benzene

  • Gerbera daisy (Gerbera Jamesonii)
  • Chrysanthemum
  • English Ivy (Hedera helix)
  • Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)
  • Warneeckii Dracena dereminisis

General poison eaters

  • Peace lily, (Spathiphyllum)—ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, xylene
  • Kind of hearts, (Homalomena)—ammonia, formaldehyde, xylene
  • Lady Jane, (Anthurmium andraeanum): ammonia, formaldehyde, xylene
  • Weeping fig, (Ficus benjamina): ammonia, formaldehyde, xylene
  • Tulip (many varieties): ammonia, formaldehyde, xylene
  • English Ivy, (Hedera helix): ammonia, benzene, xylene

The best placement for plants in a home is:

  • In the upper left and right hand corners of the room from the entrance
  • In the bathroom
  • In the entrance/ foyer area
  • In the kitchen

The best placement for plants in an office is:

  • In the upper left and right hand corners of the room from the entrance
  • To the right of you on your desk, if your are right-handed and to the left of you on your desk if your are left-handed
  • In the lobby

Plants are a wonderful item to incorporate into living and working spaces. Not only do plants bring life to these spaces, but they also encourage us to take the time to care for something living. They help us to focus our energy even if it is for a few moments a day, on nature. They add color, promote healing, and are a daily reminder of all the beauty nature has to offer us.


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Dina
Feng Shui Tao
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dina@fengshuitao.com