Before we start with this article, I would like to ask you a simple question – do you love plants? I know that I do. I love them and I have many plants in and around the house. Having plants in the house is awesome. It will purify the air, protect you from dust and the best thing about them is that plants will bring positive energy into your home. Do you know what’s Feng Shui? Many people around the world are interested in Feng Shui principles for interior design. This is why I decided to follow its basic guidelines regarding our choice of colors, furniture, decorations and plants as well as their position in our home. First, let me say a few words about Feng Shui:
What is Feng Shui?
Let me answer this question for you – what’s Feng Shui? Well, Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese technique that examines the interaction of people and their environment that has been practiced for thousands of years. Did you know that the words Feng and Shui actually mean “wind and water”, signifying the invisible powers in heaven and the flow of energy of the Earth? It strives to help you bring balance and harmony into your surroundings by applying the principles of the natural flow of energy.
You should also know that the Feng Shui technique is based on the principle that all living and non-living things exist in the realm of the endless Universe that pulses with chi, or the life force. “Chi” is a good, uplifting, renewing kind of energy that benefits our health.
Regarding our living environment, our choice of objects as well as our decision where to place them greatly affects the overall quality of our lives and our well-being.
Plants and flowers can be very important in attracting the Chi energy to work for your benefit.
As we mentioned before, the indoor plants give us oxygen, clean the air from dust and other toxic materials and protect us from harmful electromagnetic fields from our electronic equipment. They bring beauty and positive energy to our homes and reconnect us with Nature.
Many Feng Shui experts around the world say that all evergreen plants radiate good energy that positively affects all areas of life, especially the area of business. And they also say that one of the most popular plants, for which is believed that it can bring good luck, wonderful friendships and material wealth is Crassula Ovata, also known as Jade Plant, Lucky Plant, Money Plant, Pink Joy and Dollar Tree. You will love this plant, not only because it is beautiful, but because it is very resilient and easy to look after.
What kind of a plant is Crassula Ovata or Jade Plant?
You should know that this beautiful and evergreen plant is native to Africa, but it has become a very popular and well-loved houseplant all over the world. Its beautiful jade-green leaves are oval-shaped and resemble coins. They are thick, glossy and smooth and they store water. You should also know that Crassula can produce small white or pink flowers that resemble stars in early spring. Note: depending on the level of sunlight, the leaves can get a pretty red color on their edges.
This amazing plant can grow up to 3 meters in height. Its blossoms appear in winter and last until spring. The plant needs to hibernate from October to April. When new stems grow, they have the same quality and color as the leaves but as they grow older, they become woody and brown.
How to Grow and Care for Crassula Ovata?
Now, we are going to show you 2 different ways to reproduce this plant. The first way is to cut a twig, from 5 to 15 cm in length, leave it to dry for a couple of days and plant it either in clean sand or in an equal combination of soil and sand. It should be watered sparingly in 3-4 days. It is not necessary for the soil to be wet at all times as too much water could cause cuttings to rot. It will take the cuttings less than a month to root, when they should be separately planted in a better quality soil.
And the 2nd method of reproduction is the leaf. Here’s what you need to do – so, if you tear a leaf off the branch and lay it on the semi-most soil, it will begin to root in the places where it was attached to the branch in about a month’s time. And then, when it is replanted, it needs the same type of soil as for other succulents, which consists of 20 % humus, 40 % sand, 20 % of the houseplant compost and the rest can be gravel and broken bricks.
This amazing plant does not require a big pot but if you plant it in a bigger pot and enrich the soil with fertilizers, it will reward you with faster growth. The roots need to be pruned if you re-pot the plant and the stems should be cut back to keep an attractive shape. From October to April, this plant will be in winter hibernation, when she needs to be watered only 1-2 times. The ideal temperature in this period is 10° C, and it should not fall below 0.
What does it symbolize?
Many people around the world think that this plant is a symbol of good luck, so it is a perfect housewarming gift believed to bring overall prosperity, fortune and wealth. If you want to congratulate someone on a new business or marriage, Crassula is a wonderful choice. Jade is a precious stone, signifying something of great value. Its leaves have a beautiful jade-green color that stands for growth and renewal, while the shape of the leaves resemble small coins, attracting material wealth and prosperity to the owner.
Note: so, if you want to use this plant to bring a financial blessing, then you should put it in the southeast corner of your home, and it is believed that each new leaf will increase your wealth. This plant also represents deep friendship, especially when it blossoms. The beautiful pink and white flowers reflect the gentle care and attention that the owner has given to it, just like the care and the attention that we give to beloved friends. The flowers stand for the sweet fragrance of lasting friendships.