Back to nature

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 11 September, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 11 September, 2005, 12:00am

In densely populated cities such as Hong Kong, it is still possible to find room for plants in the home, either in the lounge or dining-room. According to fung shui, it is not advisable to place plants in a bedroom as they compete with the occupants for oxygen. If you have plants in your bedroom, it is likely you will wake up feeling lethargic, even after considerable periods of rest. It is not advisable to have plants with thorns, such as cacti, or creepers that may overwhelm the walls (even on your balcony), as this could result in increased conflict and unwanted gossip. While small pine or Christmas trees may be welcome seasonal additions to the house, having them indoors year-round may result in a loss of wealth due to their needle-shaped leaves. Peach blossom trees can add a touch of romance to your life but excessive numbers or extremely large plants could cause romantic complications and entanglements.

The general rule is you should choose green plants with leaves that are not too sharp and will not spread too far. Balconies overrun by plants become focal points for yin energy, and too much of this can adversely affect the health of the occupants of a home. Keep plants healthy and make sure they are placed in the proper sectors of your home; this will ensure you enjoy good health and wealth.