Happy Chinese New Year!

Bradford Greenhouses Blog

2020 is the year of the Rat! Chinese New Year is from January 25th until February 4th, which leaves plenty of time to celebrate! The year of the Rat is believed to bring renewal and new beginnings, that sounds like the perfect time to pick up some plants to create Fung Shui in your space. Here is a list of our favourite lucky plants to celebrate the Chinese New Year. 

Calamondin Orange Tree

Traditionally given at Chinese New Year, the Calamondin Orange Tree is a good-luck token for a fruitful and abundant year! The word ‘orange’ has a similar sound to the Chinese word ‘wealth’, which is where this tradition stems from. Our gorgeous Calamondin orange trees are currently filled with golden fruit and will make a fantastic gift to send to loved one. They require lots of bright, direct light and do not like to dry out, so keep their soil moist! 

Money Tree (Pachira Aquatica)

Often seen in pairs at an entrance, their presence represents wealth and good fortune, everything you would desire at the beginning of a new year. The orange and gold colours of these trees resemble money and gold and it is also said that the orange represents the sun’s positive energy. Money trees prefer bright, indirect light and moderate-to-high humidity. Let the soil dry out in between watering.

Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena Sanderiana)

Lucky bamboo is actually not bamboo at all — though it bears an uncanny resemblance. Rather it’s a plant called Dracaena sanderiana. However, the bright green stalks have a bamboo-like appearance and are said to bring luck during the New Year and beyond. Keep in mind the number of bamboo stalks in your arrangement will attract different types of positive energy! Caring for a lucky bamboo plant is a relaxing pastime that’s great for reducing stress. Make sure it is in a spot that receives bright indirect sunlight.

Jade Bonsai 

The bright emerald green leaves of the Jade Plant are believed to bring about wealth, luck and good fortune. Get double the luck with the Jade Bonsai! Bonsai miniature trees are incredibly elegant and are popular in Fung shui. Care for your Bonsai by watering it weekly, whenever the top inch of soil is dry. Give your plant a bright location with lots of humidity. To ensure lots of humidity, you can mist the bonsai daily, or use a tray of wet pebbles nearby.

Orchid

One of the most popular Chinese New Year plants, they symbolize fertility and abundance in the coming year. Their elegant flowers last for months and add elegance to any space. Care for your orchids by thoroughly watering the bark medium in the pot, letting the water run through the holes at the bottom. Make sure the pot does not have any standing water, then allow the medium to entirely dry out before re-watering. Keep your orchid in bright, indirect, sunlight and away from drafts!

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

Believed to have healing and cleansing powers, the Peace Lily is an elegant plant to have in your home all year long. This plant truly has air cleansing properties, and can filter chemicals, such as trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, xylene, benzene and ammonia out of your home! We would say that is a Fung shui essential. These tropical plants love bright spaces, but not direct sunlight which can hurt the leaves and blossoms. Keep the soil moist and add humidity with pebbles.

Bromeliad (Bromeliaceae)

The bright colouring of the Bromeliad makes it an auspicious plant for Chinese New Year! They are part of the same family as the pineapple plant, which is considered a lucky fruit, and symbolizes good fortune arriving. Give your Bromeliad medium to bright light. To water, fill the cup shape in the centre of their leaves with water. Leave the soil relatively dry to avoid root rot.

Anthurium

The colour red symbolizes good fortune and prosperity during Chinese New Year, so it’s a favourite to have around the home during this holiday. Anthurium also helps to keep the air in your home clean by filtering out ammonia, formaldehyde and xylene. Talk about good fortune! Anthuriums love bright, indirect sunlight. After thoroughly watering your Anthurium, allow the top two inches of soil to dry out before re-watering.

These plants are the perfect way to bring luck to your home, work space and to loved ones this year. We hope everyone has a fantastic Chinese New Year!

Xīn Nián Kuài lè! & Gong Hei Fat Choy!