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Does good luck exist, and which house plants might give it a boost?

Lucky or not?

Is there such thing as being lucky? Does bad luck come in threes? If you break a mirror, do you expect seven years of negative happenings? What about that black cat that crossed your path yesterday? Do you walk around ladders rather than under them, avoid the number 13, take care to hang a horseshoe so that the luck doesn’t run out of the opening and expect a portion of doom if you knock over the salt pot? If you come from Japan, you might believe that number four and nine are unlucky. In Italy, the number 17 is highly undesirable. On the Isle of Man, you could be in for some trouble if you mention rats rather than ‘longtails’. And woe betide you if you utter the word (whisper) Macbeth whilst inside a theatre.

lucky four leafed clover Four leafed clover? You'll be receiving good luck soon.

Make your own

In reality, people tend to make their own luck, or lack of it. One can generally fit the story to the prediction. Some people might feel lucky because they’ve experienced a car accident but not suffered any physical damage to their health. Others might consider it lucky that when their purse was stolen during a mugging, their bank cards weren’t present in the bag on that particular day.

The BIGL (Belief In Good Luck) scale was invented by some Canadian psychologists. Studies show that people who believe in their own personal luck are more likely to notice and react to events that could be termed ‘lucky’, thus feeling positive about their success. Basically, some people are more likely to acknowledge the positive things that happen than others who might dwell on the negative aspects of similar events.

man in office laughing, happy Does happiness come from within?

Lucky plants

OK, so some people might need a bit of help. How does all this relate to plants? There are many different plants that are considered to be lucky. One of the most popular is the money plant.

crassula hobbit money plant This succulent money plant is Crassula 'Hobbit' but many other plants are nick-named 'money plants'

Many different types

But this is confusing in itself as several species are known by the same common name. The succulent Crassula, or money tree, for example, (of which there are many different types) is said to be lucky if you stroke the leaves and give it a little love. It will (apparently) bring wealth. Pilea peperomioides is known as the Chinese money plant, largely because the leaves are unusually round and, perhaps, a little ‘coin-like’.

Pilea peperomoides money plant Pilea peperomoides has round-shaped foliage which has earned it the name of 'money plant'.

Guiana chestnut tree

Pachira aquatica, the Guiana chestnut tree is also called a money tree, due to a story about its origin whereby an elderly, poor man found this strange looking plant that he took home. As you can imagine, his ‘luck’ changed afterwards. You might consider yourself lucky to have one, as they are rather beautiful.

Pachira aquatica lucky house plant Pachira aquatica is another house plant that's reputed to bring luck to its owner.

Lucky Bamboo

Then there’s ‘lucky bamboo’ which is highly popular in its many different arrangements. This indoor plant needs very little care. Just some water – it doesn’t even require soil. So that’s lucky to start with. As you might expect, the number of stems is highly relevant to some...

lucky bamboo is considered to bring good luck in Feng Shui Lucky bamboo comes in many different arrangements.
Lucky bamboo house plant arrangement in a vase Lucky bamboo is actually a type of Dracaena (Dracaena sanderiana). The stems are bare and the tops grow green leaves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Palm trees

Indoor palms are also said to bring luck into a home. This is linked to the pleasing, gently waving fronds which are said to generate beneficial flows of good energy.

House plant palm tree indoor palm Feeling lucky? You must have an indoor palm.

Feng Shui

It appears that within the principles of Feng Shui, plants can create and distribute positive energy within a home, provided they are positioned appropriately. There are positive and negative flows when it comes to energy and these can be aided or blocked by the introduction of mirrors or position of doorways and more potential hazards. Sounds as if a bit of research is required before daring to place your lucky bamboo on a shelf.

Feng shui board with candle, Buddha, positive karma Feeling calm? Your house might have positive karma, according to Feng Shui

What can’t be denied is the positive effects of biophilia – the life-enhancing properties and cleaner air that indoor plants provide. So if you have already made provision for house plants in your own home, that not just lucky but good planning.