What Plants Should Fill Your Home Based on Your Qi Element

Updated: Oct 26, 2021

This past weekend I bought a little succulent for my space. I’ve been throwing pots in my ceramics class and love combining my love for art with my love for plants. It’s a slow process, but eventually I’ll acquire my own jungle inside my apartment. What can I say, I’m a Tree-Hugging Hippie. I probably lean into this stereotype a little too hard at times, but hey, if the Birkenstocks fit.

While I’ll may be a little plant obsessed and bias, I am a strong believer of adding plants to any space. I push for it a lot as my role as an Interior Designer. With my passion for the planet, my love of spaces, and my work with energy, I’ve found that there are just so many reasons to add a touch of green!

Why you should add plants to your space?

Well aside from the many health benefits of plants improving our moods, giving us oxygen and removing toxins from the air, plants also are also important in Feng Shui.

Feng Shui is based off of Taoism. Taoism is an ancient Chinese belief system that emphasis living in harmony with Tao, or The Way. Tao, is the universal flow of nature and everything in existence. We witness Tao when we see how elements of nature effortlessly lives in peace and harmony with one another. In order to live in harmony with our own built environments, we need to reconnect with nature and its connection to Tao.

Incorporating plants to your space is useful in Feng Shui for this reconnection to nature. In addition to that, plants contain their own supplies of chi. This helps in increasing the overall energy and flow of chi in a room.

Diving into more detail, different plants contain specific energies associated with one of the five elements. Working with this knowledge, one can venture further into Feng Shui and how to best harmonize chi based on their own elemental makeup.

As a reference, I’ve put together a basic guide to how to decorate with plants according to the Chinese elements. If you don't know what your Qi element is, you can find out with my other post.