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8 Chinese New Year Plants And Flowers For Good Luck

The year 2024 of the Dragon is just around the corner. Many people have already shortlisted lucky Chinese New Year plants and flowers to decorate their homes. The Chinese believe these plants and flowers symbolize wealth and abundance, health and longevity, good luck and career progression.

Just as the Chinese proverb says, “花开富贵” – Blossomed flowers bring wealth and prosperity. Here is a valuable list of lucky plants and flowers for your reference.

1. Lucky Bamboo – Growth and Strength

The lucky bamboo is one of the most popular plants the Chinese love, especially during the lunar new year period. However, it does not belong to the bamboo family and is called Dracaena Sanderiana. This Chinese New Year plant symbolises good luck and prosperity, and you can further enhance the energies by applying Feng Shui 5 elements to it.

Wood Element: The plant itself

Earth Element: The stone/pebbles that support the plant

Metal Element: A metal container, or if you don’t have one, you can hang three emperor Chinese coins.

Water Element: Water that nourishes the plant

Fire Element: Tie a red ribbon around the bamboo stalk or the container

Even the number of bamboo stalks represents a different thing.

2. Tangerine Tree / Kum Quat Plant – Wealth and Prosperity

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The tangerine / Kumquat tree is one of the hot favourite plants in this festive season. It owed its reputation to the auspicious meaning of “lucky plants bearing fruits”. In addition, many believed that planting the kumquat tree at home would bring prosperity to the family and good fortune to the owner.

3. Pussy Willow – Prosper and Abundance


In Chinese tradition, Pussy willow (银柳), also known as catkins, signifies the coming of Spring and Prosperity. The appearance of their branches of fluffy, furry blossoms and tall height also represents growth and abundance of fortune.

4. Orchid – Fertility and Elegance

The orchid is another popular and auspicious lucky plant choice during the Chinese New Year. During this period, you can find many florists and flower shops selling orchids in various decor arrangements. The colour of an orchid can be purple, pink, white, red, yellow-green (or chartreuse), and many other colours depending on the species of the plant.

On the other hand, the orchid is also a symbol of fertility and abundance, so bring one home for those looking to start a new family.

In addition, they are often given as gifts to loved ones because people believe they bring prosperity to homes.

5. Jade Plant – Symbol of Money

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In Chinese culture, the jade plant is widely known to attract wealth luck and good fortune. It is because their emerald-shaped green leaves resemble coins. Besides, one good thing about this lucky plant is that it requires very little upkeep to survive. Therefore, this attribute makes it an evergreen plant to decorate your home or office all year round.

6. Money Plant – Wealth and Good Fortune

Everyone should be familiar with this money plant, also known as Devil’s Ivy. It is a symbol of good luck and fortune with its coin-like leaves. This plant is often used in homes and offices as a natural air purifier, as it can omit toxins from the air. However, there are also many types of money plants that you can choose too.

Chinese people traditionally place the money plant in their homes during the Lunar New Year. This tradition began because of a legend that says that if you have a money tree in your home, you will not run out of money.

7. Chrysanthemums – Happiness


Chrysanthemums, typically those in golden yellow or purple, are lucky flowers during Chinese New Year. They represent happiness, prosperity and longevity. So if you want to improve your wealth luck and finance in the coming year, you can consider getting the golden chrysanthemums for your home.

8. Peony – Peace and Richness

Peonies in Chinese are called 牡丹, and they are most commonly known as 富貴花. It stands for “Flowers of Prosperity”, so it is one of the top choices in Chinese New Year for this auspicious meaning.

The peony does not only signifies prosperity, but it also has so many other meanings. For example, it symbolises feminine beauty and elegance, which is why many brides choose to have them in their wedding bouquets. In addition, the peony is an emblem of happiness and joy due to its bright colours that signify warmth during wintertime.

Now that you know so many Chinese New Year plants and flowers for good fortune, it is time to fill the house with some. You can even make your friends happy and lucky by gifting them.


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