Thanks for your question!
If you’re using a plant for a feng shui adjustment, it’s always better to have a living plant instead of an artificial one. If there is no light in the room, or if it’s a vacation home, you can use an artificial plant, but make sure it’s very high quality and realistic.
Otherwise, you should always use real plants. Even if you don’t think you have a green thumb, I encourage you to get out of your comfort zone and try. Taking care of a living plant is a teaching in itself. It helps you cultivate kindness and open-heartedness, which are connected to the wood element. Real plants can also improve indoor air quality.
If you’re worried about your ability to keep a plant alive, start with one that’s easier to care for. There are a lot of varieties that are good for beginners, including pothos, which is one of my favorites. Pothos can thrive in a variety of light conditions, and it can also withstand inconsistent watering.
Monstera (also called Swiss cheese plant) is another plant that is easy to take care of, and it can live for a long time. I also love rubber plants, areca palms, and Chinese money plants. You could also try growing some herbs that you could also use for cooking!
Thanks again for your question–let us know how it goes!
by Anjie Cho
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