Plants are a source of vibrant, living energy and a connection to nature and the world outside our door – all good things. In the world of Feng Shui there are differences of opinion regarding the value of live vs. dried or silk plants, leaving many to wonder, “Are live plants better than silk or dried plants?”
Yes and no. It depends on the situation.
Feng Shui facts
Plants, all plants, are sources of positive energy. How we use them can either support us or hinder us. It is up to us to determine what our needs are and what the best use of a plant is and then plan accordingly.
What if you are unable to use live plants due to your living situation, perhaps you live in an apartment, a condo or other situation that prevents the use of live plants, is there a Feng Shui alternative?
While live plants are the best option when it comes to vibrant, living energy, silk or dried plants also provide benefits. Silk plants are realistic representations of living plants and are a fabulous substitute for the real thing. Be sure to keep them clean or they’ll become a magnet for dirt and dust and lose any positive impact on your space.
Dried plants or flowers have often been denigrated as ‘dead’ energy and therefore undesirable. Dried plants can have many positive benefits. They don’t require the same amount of care as living plants (great if you travel frequently or have mold allergies), they are often mementos from joyous occasions, and they bring the color and energy of nature indoors.
When are dried plants a problem? They are a problem once they become dusty and dirty – just like anything else we have – we have to keep dried flowers and plants clean. What do you do when dried plants or flowers become dirty? Replace them.
The same rule applies for potpourri. Instead of thinking of dried plants and flowers as a once in a lifetime purchase that will last forever, think of them as seasonal purchases and you’ll never have the problem them becoming dirty, brittle and unattractive.
Plants of all kinds represent a vibrant, positive, living connection to nature. No matter which version of plants works best for you, live, silk or dried, the secret to success is in how you care for the plants you have.
Enjoy them, keep them clean and consider them a healthy Feng Shui addition to your home!
Feng Shui Lifestyle™ by Laurie Bornstein