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8 Worst Feng Shui Plants For Your Home

If you want good luck this year, you must avoid these worst Feng Shui plants at all costs!

Hey there, plant lovers, it’s me again! As you may know, plants have the super advantage of boosting your energy in an instant and enhancing the look of your living space, transforming it into a calming oasis. After all, this is what we all need for the place we call home.

While there are plants that can promote good luck, a bunch of others are better to keep miles away from you. Since a lot of the articles about plants from The American House were highly valued by our readers, for this one I’ve done quite a bit of research and asked around for the experts’s opinions regarding the worst Feng Shui plants that you should avoid bringing to your house.

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1. Cotton plants

Cotton plants are immortal by nature, much like other plants. It’s said that the plant’s spiky bolls would rip your flesh. Furthermore, dust can accumulate in the cotton tufts of imitation cotton plants, making them difficult to clean.
Because they are said to possess some form of negative energy, they are thus perceived as unfortunate in Feng Shui, according to plant specialists, making them a bad luck plant to keep inside your home.

2. Cacti

Sorry, cacti lovers, I don’t want to spoil it for you, but cacti are one of the worst Feng Shui plants, and it’s better to keep them away from your home. Because of its many spikes, feng shui practitioners typically discourage using cacti.

Furthermore, this plant is well-known for having thorns. This contrasts with the rose, which is renowned for its beauty while having thorns as well.  Because the cactus has so many spikes, it can release negative energy that interferes with your living area’s energy flow.

On the other hand, cacti in your home can also influence the relationships between you and other people who are living under the same roof. For example, if you put cacti in the house’s corner it is linked to relationship luck, you might see some bad changes along the way and some imbalance, especially in your romantic relationships.

On a funnier note, if cacti bring bad luck indoors, they can be used to your benefit when it comes to the outdoors! According to Patricia Lohan, an expert on Feng Shui, planting cacti outside your home can keep all the nosy and annoying neighborhoods out of your business; in other words, “ward them away” from your property. I mean, who likes having neighbors who always come unannounced at the doorstep?

3. Bonsai

Really? Oh well, bonsai is considered one of the worst Feng Shui plants, despite its positive outcome in a lot of movies and TV shows. The name “bonsai” refers more to the cultivation method than it does to a specific plant. It’s popular because, with the right maintenance, they can look stunning. The plant’s stunted state is symbolic of development and overcoming difficulties. For this reason, keeping one in the study, living room, or home office is not ideal.

Many said that, when working from home, they saw changes in their job performance and were on the edge of a career after adopting a bonsai and placing it in their living room. If you are determined to keep your bonsai, make sure it is kept outside in a garden area.

4. Babul tree

This shrub often called the gum Arabic tree, is prized for its medicinal qualities and is recognized for its lovely yellow blooms. However, because it has thorns, just like cactus, it is regarded as one of the worst Feng Shui plants. Experts in Feng Shui advise against keeping it in your home.

5. Tamarind and Myrtle

These two are a pair of some of the worst Feng Shui plants. The myrtle and tamarind plants are said in feng shui to bring bad energy and sickness into the home for family members. In Hindi, myrtle is called mehendi, and tamarind is called Imli.  Myrtle or mehendi plants are believed to be home to bad spirits; hence, one should not keep them indoors.

Experts in Feng Shui would even advise against building a home close to a tamarind tree. If you want to avoid having to cope with bad thoughts all the time, stay away from these two.

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6. Crown of thorns

Don’t fall into its trap thinking that if it’s a beautiful flower then it’s also good for your home. Well, believe it or not crown of thorns is among the worst Feng Shui plants for your home. Apparently, there is a pattern when it comes to thorns and bad luck. Spiky and poisonous for pets, especially, Crown of Thorns is supposed to let negative energy into your space.

If you are the lucky owner of a nice backyard, you can still grow this succulent plant outside among other plants since it is not really pretentious. It loves well-drained soil and full sun.

Are you a newbie to plants but you are also super excited to learn new things about these green wonders? You’re in the right place because I have a great book suggestion for you to check out. House Plants for Every Space: A Concise Guide to Selecting, Designing, and Maintaining Plants in Any Indoor Space is a beginner’s guide to selecting and keeping the right plants for your living space.

You don’t know how to take care of your bamboo or your precious aloe? Over 130 different plants are covered in this book it’s also written in a friendly manner easy to understand even for people who are new to this field. Plus is pretty affordable on Amazon for just $19.99 for the hardcover version. 

7. Fake plants

This is a no-no, no matter how cute they might look. I mean, why would you even want to spend money on fake plants since they don’t even bring a natural balance to the atmosphere like real plants would?

According to plant experts, these artificial plants are the worst Feng Shui plants you can imagine! The majority, if not all of them, have the potential to become unclean and retain stagnant Chi energy.

If you have too many artificial plants in your house, make sure to dust and clean them frequently. Additionally, remember to replace them with fresh ones as soon as they begin to fade or seem worn out.

Choose little succulents or a philodendron if you are not fond of big shrubs but still want some cute ones in your house. Due to their low maintenance needs, these two are typically simple to take care of. All it needs is well-drained soil, constant sunlight, and intermittent watering. Easy peasy!

8. Dead plants

Last but not least the worst Feng Shui plants are the dead plants. It’s not like anybody would like to keep dead plants in their house for some reason, but as soon as you notice your dear plants are beginning to fade and there seems to be no hope for them, it is better to throw them away.

Having dying plants in a living space can have negative effects on positive energy, and good fortune, and can also contaminate other healthy plants around them.

Curious to see which are the good Feng Shui plants that bring good luck to your home? Check out this article 9 Plants That Bring Prosperity and Good Fortune


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