Lucky Plants & Flowers To Buy for Chinese New Year

Lunar New Year is right around the corner, and everybody is getting ready to enjoy.

By: THURSD. | 03-01-2024 | 11 min read
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Lucky Plants and Flowers for Chinese New Year

During the Lunar New Year, homes are adorned with lucky bamboo, chrysanthemums, and other promising plants like jade, symbolizing wealth and prosperity.

These traditional Chinese plants, including vibrant yellow flowers and pussy willow, reflect the Zodiac's symbolism and are believed to bestow blessings.

Their phonetic auspiciousness and rich cultural significance make them essential in heralding the New Year, embodying wishes for luck and renewal.

A Floral Mantra at Chinese New Year - Blossom Flowers Bring Wealth

In Chinese New Year celebrations, flowers like peonies and Kumquat trees are more than mere decorations. Embodying the saying "Huā kāi fùguì" (花開富貴) - "blossom flowers bring wealth," these plants symbolize prosperity and success. Selected for their Feng Shui meanings, they attract positive energy and fortune. Integrating these blooms into New Year decor connects with nature's rhythms and fortifies the Lunar New Year's theme of prosperity and good luck.

1. Chrysanthemums - Golden and Purple Hues of Prosperity

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Left:@rosieposiepinkpeony, Right: @alpine_squirrel

Chrysanthemums, the key to Chinese New Year celebrations, symbolize wealth and longevity. Their gold blossoms attract prosperity, while purple variants, esteemed in Chinese culture, denote good fortune and nobility. These flowers, commonly used in traditional Chinese Medicine and teas, are believed to represent health, well-being, and prosperity during the Lunar New Year celebrations. Their round shape and enduring nature in art and literature reflect life's completeness and cycles.

2. Flamingo Lily or Anthurium - Red Flowers of Wealth

Left: @kelly_san, Right: @botanical.venus

With its striking red blossoms, the Flamingo Lily is a cherished Chinese New Year flower symbolizing wealth, joy, and good fortune. In Chinese tradition, its red color repels evil spirits and draws positive energy. This flower, known for its air-purifying abilities, enhances household well-being and aligns with Feng Shui. Its heart-shaped petals represent love and compassion, making the Flamingo Lily a symbol of prosperity and positive relationships during Chinese New Year.

3. Jade Plant -The Emerald Emblem of Prosperity


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Left: @dinohydroponicus, Right: @mangaloreroots

The Jade Plant, scientifically known as Crassula ovata, symbolizes financial stability in Chinese culture, particularly during Chinese New Year. Its jade-like green leaves are believed to attract economic energy in Feng Shui. The plant's resilience, representing enduring wealth, is ideal for enhancing wealth corners in homes and offices. Its placement in the southeast part of the space stimulates growth in financial endeavors.

4. Money Plant - The Feng Shui Plant of Good Luck


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Left: @a_movsesjan, Right: @kellogggarden

The Money Plant, or Devil's Ivy, is a Feng Shui symbol for prosperity. Its heart-shaped leaves represent wealth and growth. Known for its air-purifying qualities and adaptability in various environments, it signifies flourishing wealth. The plant's ability to soften sharp corners in homes reduces negative energy. Easy to maintain, it's ideal for inviting prosperity during Chinese New Year and is suitable for both seasoned and novice gardeners.

5. Lucky Bamboo - The Spiral Symbol of Strength


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Left: @le.jardin Right: @bitkiyorumcusu

Lucky Bamboo, or Dracaena sanderiana, symbolizes strength, flexibility, and resilience in Chinese culture. Though not actual bamboo, it's a lily family member, often formed into spirals. The number of stalks in an arrangement signifies different meanings, such as love or prosperity. It's integral in Feng Shui for harmonizing elements, with its placement influencing fortune and well-being. The water it grows in represents purity and ongoing positive energy.

6. Oncidium Orchids - The Golden Dance of Prosperity


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Left: @robbiehoney Right: @natuurlijkrosalie

Oncidium orchids, known as ‘Dancing Ladies,’ symbolize Chinese New Year for their gold coin-like yellow petals, representing wealth. They signify fertility and abundance, adding vitality to spaces. Besides being visually striking, these orchids are mood uplifters and stress reducers. Their bright presence and growth symbolism align perfectly with the renewal spirit of the Chinese New Year.

7. Phalaenopsis Orchids - Symbolizing Elegance and Rejuvenation


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Phalaenopsis orchids, or ‘Húdié lán,’ represent happiness, vitality, and longevity in Chinese culture. Their butterfly-like petals symbolize beauty and freedom. In Feng Shui, they're known to enhance 'chi,' promoting health. Their long-lasting blooms signify enduring joy and improve indoor air quality, embodying renewal and rejuvenation. With varied colors, these orchids are celebrated for their decorative appeal and symbolic depth.

8. Pussy Willow - Furry Buds Signaling Spring’s Arrival


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The Pussy Willow, a cherished Lunar New Year symbol, signifies spring's renewal and hope in Chinese culture. Its silver-grey catkins, blooming with the spring, bring rejuvenation and harmony, essential in Feng Shui for balancing Yin and Yang. Displayed in living areas, Pussy Willows attract fortune and joy, symbolizing prosperity and growth, making them a visually appealing and promising addition to Lunar New Year celebrations.


9. Red Cymbidiums - Elegant Blooms of Success and Fortune


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Red Cymbidiums, or 'boat orchids,' are a potent symbol of success and fortune in Chinese culture during the Lunar New Year. Their auspicious red and golden hues signify happiness, wealth, and royalty. Known for their elegant blooms and Feng Shui significance in bringing balance, these orchids blend beauty with cultural richness, making them a celebrated choice for Lunar New Year decorations.

10. Tangerine or Kumquat Tree  - Fruitful Harbingers of Wealth


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Left: @minh.anh.huynh, Right: @justsarahwilldo

Tangerine and Kumquat trees, revered during the Lunar New Year, symbolize abundant wealth and good luck in Chinese culture. Their golden fruits invite financial success and positive energy, especially when placed at entrances, as per Feng Shui. Essential for prosperity in homes and offices, these trees represent a fortune-filled year, embodying the Lunar New Year spirit.

11. Peonies - Clusters of Richness and Peace


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Left: @tomleeyoga , Right: @jane__floral

Peonies, the 'King of Flowers' in Chinese culture, symbolize richness, peace, and good fortune. Revered for their red blooms, they attract positive energy and represent female beauty and fertility in Chinese art. Famous during the Chinese New Year for signifying wealth and prosperity, Peonies embody the themes of abundance and luck in festive celebrations.

12. Pitcher Plant - Unique Symbol of Financial Luck


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The pitcher plant, resembling ancient Chinese money bags, is a unique choice for the Lunar New Year, symbolizing wealth accumulation per Feng Shui. Its distinctive morphology makes it a favored plant for financial luck, representing the diversity of Chinese traditions. While less common, its significance in innovation and success adds a unique touch to Lunar New Year celebrations.

Special Mentions

Dendrobium, anthurium, and forsythia add depth and diversity to the array of promising plants celebrated during the Chinese New Year and must be included in our checklist. Each flower carries unique symbolism and cultural significance, enriching the festive spirit and embodying the multi-faceted wishes for the Lunar New Year.

Dendrobium - The Noble Orchid of Resilience and Harmony

Dendrobium, a genus in the vast orchid family, stands out for its noble elegance and enduring grace. In Chinese culture, these orchids are admired for their resilience and ability to bloom in diverse conditions, symbolizing unyielding strength and harmony.

Dendrobium's delicate yet robust nature makes it a metaphor for enduring challenges while maintaining grace and beauty.

Dendrobiums are admired for their aesthetic appeal and revered for their representation of fortitude and balance in life. Their presence in Chinese New Year celebrations brings a message of hope and steadfastness in the face of life’s fluctuations.


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Picture by @sendsmiles_flowers


Anthurium - The Heart of Hospitality and Growth

Anthuriums symbolize hospitality and abundance with their heart-shaped flowers and vibrant colors. These exotic blooms in Chinese New Year celebrations represent an open heart and welcoming spirit.

The rich reds and pinks of Anthuriums are particularly auspicious, embodying love, passion, and good fortune. These flowers are a warm invitation to prosperity and a harmonious relationship. Their inclusion in festive decor invites positive energy and fosters a welcoming environment for guests and the incoming year’s blessings.


Anthurium Plant Bringing Luck for Chinese New Year


Anthurium Plant for indoor space
Picture by @katieanneplants


Forsythia - The Golden Herald of Anticipation and Joy

With its bright yellow blossoms, Forsythia is a vibrant harbinger of spring and a symbol of anticipation and joy in Chinese culture. These golden blooms burst forth even before the leaves appear, representing anticipation and the promise of good things to come.

In the Chinese New Year context, Forsythia’s early blooming is seen as a proactive ushering in positivity and happiness for the year ahead.

It’s a beacon of optimism, encouraging people to look forward with hope and enthusiasm; its inclusion in New Year’s arrangements brings bright, cheerful energy, setting a tone of joy and expectations for the coming year.


Forsythia flower for home
Picture by @happilyeveretter


Feng Shui - Embracing Harmony with Nature

As we usher in the Chinese New Year, integrating these auspicious plants and flowers into our homes isn’t just about aesthetics; it's about strategically placing them per Feng Shui to maximize their beneficial energies.

Feng Shui, an ancient Chinese art, emphasizes harmony between individuals and their environment, and this is particularly significant during Chinese New Year.

Strategic Placement for Maximum Auspiciousness

According to Feng Shui principles, the strategic placement of certain plants can enhance positive energy flow, or ‘Qi,’ bringing success, health, and balance into our lives.

Chrysanthemums, symbolizing longevity and wealth, are best placed in the living rooms or near the front entrance, ideally in the east sector, to attract good health and balance family dynamics. Similarly, place lucky bamboo in the easter sector of your home for a boost in health and strength.

Place the jade plants - the emblem of richness in the southeastern part of your home, the zone of wealth in Feng Shui.

Orchids, especially the oncidium, and phalaenopsis, are best placed in the bedroom or study, as they are believed to enhance relationships and scholarly pursuits.

The Role of Colors and Elements

In Feng Shui, colors and elements play a crucial role. For instance, red flowers like the Flamingo Lily should be placed in the south to activate fame and recognition. In contrast, gold and yellow flowers like oncidium orchids are best in the northeast to foster education and wisdom.

The Art of Balance

Remember, Feng Shui is all about balance. Avoid overcrowding a space with too many plants, creating a cluttered and stagnant energy flow. Also, ensure the plants are healthy and well-cared for, as wilted or dead plants can attract negative energy.

A Green Thumb for Good Fortune - Nurturing Your Lucky Plants

Caring for lucky plants like jade, money plant, flamingo lily, lucky bamboo, pussy willow, chrysanthemums, and orchids involves nurturing their positive energy.

Each plant requires specific care: jade and money plants need dry periods between waterings, while flamingo lilies prefer consistently moist soil.

Lucky bamboo, pussy willow, and phalaenopsis orchids thrive in indirect light, whereas chrysanthemums and orchids favor brighter spots but not direct sunlight. Regular pruning is essential for healthy growth, and soil choice is crucial—well-draining soil is best for Tangerine or kumquat trees to avoid root rot.

Fertilizing peonies during their growing season enhances their lush blooms, embodying the vibrancy of the Chinese New Year.

A Touch of Love

Remember, plants respond to care and attention. Regularly spending time with your plants, talking to them, or even playing music can promote growth and vitality. It’s a beautiful cycle of nurturing and being nurtured.

Flowers bring that warm feeling into your homes like these vases with Ilex and Amaryllis bring the ultimate feeling of love to a space. For Chinese New Year, these are lucky flowers. 


Lucky Flowers for Chinese New Year Ilex and Amaryllis by @christopheberreterot
Photo: @christopheberreterot


Welcoming the Lunar New Year with Nature’s Gifts

In celebrating Chinese New Year, chrysanthemums, orchids, and lucky bamboo are not just decorative; they embody life, health, and growth, deeply rooted in cultural traditions. These plants, symbols of renewal and fortune, carry rich heritage and beliefs.

As we embrace the lunar new year, nurturing these natural wonders signifies reverence for cultural heritage and a wish for health, prosperity, and joy. Happy Chinese New Year!

NOTE: The information is based on traditional Feng Shui practices and general plant care guidelines. It’s always best to connect with a horticultural expert or a Feng Shui practitioner for specific care instructions.


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