This post was adapted from Six Houseplants for Good Luck originally published on the Wild Interiors blog.
We partnered with Wild Interiors® again to bring you one of their great blog posts for Saint Patrick’s Day! Many plants are celebrated for bringing luck, prosperity, and health to their owners, and houseplants will definitely help you bring some green into your life while you’re waiting for the money to come rolling in.
Please keep in mind, plant varieties vary by store location, but we are sure to have a lucky green counterpart for you.
First, a Quick History Lesson
Saint Patrick’s Day isn’t based on celebrating luck, despite the commercialized “Luck of the Irish” merchandise you can find as the holiday approaches every year. It’s a feast day celebrating the Patron Saint of Ireland, who converted Irish Pagans to Christianity in the 5th century.
Wearing green is historically accurate, since traditional celebrations of this Saint’s day in Ireland include wearing green clothing or shamrocks. But double check that you’re using a shamrock rather than a four-leaf clover. The shamrock only has three leaves and was used by Saint Patrick to explain the Holy Trinity of Christianity during his travels.
It’s not all about green beer either, though traditional celebrations included activities like “wetting the shamrock.” This involves pouring a drink over a shamrock in a glass and then swallowing or tossing the shamrock over one’s shoulder for good luck. See, there’s some luck in celebrating after all!
Now you’re ready to celebrate, and we’re ready to talk about some lucky greenery for your home.
Air Cleaning Plants Convert Toxins into Fresh Air
One huge benefit of keeping plants in your home, besides their cheerful presence, is the fact that they help scrub the air of toxins and harmful chemicals. Your houseplants help clean the air of stuff you’d rather not breathe in, like formaldehyde, benzene and other fumes.
English Ivy: Ivy plants are delightful little air-scrubbers, perfect for rooms with new paint, carpeting, or furniture. Ivy helps remove benzene and formaldehyde from your home.
Curly Spider: One of our favorite plants, the curly spider plant is easy to care for and frequently reproduces new baby spiderettes for replanting. Lucky for you, this means you can start filtering carbon monoxide and other fumes out of every room in your home – and it’s pet friendly, too.
Pothos: With a little TLC, a pothos plant will soon grow trailing tendrils wherever you place it, giving you some happy jungle vibes and the added bonus of air purification. Pothos removes formaldehyde from the air, making it a great choice for any room with new furniture or carpet.
Sansevieria: The snake plant is an extremely low-maintenance houseplant that can brighten up any room of the house and is very forgiving of a missed watering day or two. So if you’re a bit forgetful, you’re in luck! This easy-care plant is also an air cleaning powerhouse.
Choose Rounded Leaves for Good Fortune
Even though St. Patrick’s Day isn’t a holiday of luck, plenty of cultures still celebrate good fortune symbolized by plants. In the Chinese practice of Feng Shui, plants with round leaves symbolize abundance and wealth.
Rubber Plant: The Peperomia, or “Rubber Plant” is a pet-friendly, low-maintenance houseplant with rounded leaves to bring good luck. Place it at the entrance of your home to invite prosperity.
Jade: This friendly succulent’s rounded leaves set it apart from everyone’s Instagram favorite, echeveria. While all types of succulents help clean the air day and night, jade’s rounded leaves make it a Feng Shui superstar, especially when placed in a home office area.
Ready, Set, Go Green
Now that you know how to set up your home for luck and good fortune, it’s time to fill your house with green leafy friends for a happier life! Stop by your local Heinen’s to pick up one of these lucky new additions and stay tuned on our Instagram account for a very lucky giveaway coming up in collaboration with Wild Interiors®.