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Chinese money plant (also know as the Pilea pepermioides), in a jar filled to the top with coins.
The Lunar New Year is a significant part of most Asian cultures. There are many customs and rituals that are celebrated at this time. As part of the customs, there are some plants traditionally associated with the Lunar New Year festival and thought to bring good luck!

1. Bromeliads (Guzmania)

If you've ever seen pineapples growing, then you'll know that they're closely related. Great indoors, or outdoors in a shady location outside, they're hardy and easy-to-grow, even for the novice gardener. Collectors like the many different shapes, sizes, foliage types and flower colours, and they're available to buy all year round.

Lush and colourful bromeliads.

2. Chinese money plant (Pilea pepermioides)

A beautiful and easy-to-grow houseplant. Historically brought out of China but only recently have gardeners all around the world been enjoying it. Small, mound-shaped plant with attractive foliage, it's normally grown in containers out of direct sunlight.

Chinese money plant with coins in a glass jar.

3. Citrus (Cumquat/Tangerine)

A bit different to the normal lemons and oranges, but equally valuable in the garden and for food value. They look great, even when they're not in flower and both do well in larger pots.

Tree with citrus fruits.

4. Cockscomb (Celosia)

The cockscomb is a low-growing flowering plant for your garden that comes in different shapes and colours. Buy them as young plants from the seedling bench or as larger potted colours at different times of the year from your local Bunnings nursery.

Red, yellow and pink cockscomb.

5. Lucky bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana)

Lucky bamboo is one of the most popular indoor plants as it's very easy to care for and easy to grow. They can be grown in a glass of water for many years with only occasional feeding, or in potting mix. Lucky bamboo is rated the best of all indoor plants at being able to survive under low light or artificial lighting.

Lucky bamboo in a white pot.

6. Marigolds (Tagetes spp.)

Marigolds are hardy garden plants that can be bought as seedlings or as potted colours at certain times of the year. They come in a range of colours but typically are seen as bright yellows and oranges. They're easy to grow and are great for companion planting with your tomatoes.

Bright yellow marigolds in flower.

7. Moth orchid (Phalaenopsis spp.)

The phalaenopsis orchid is easy to care for and is available in a wide range of colours. They're a very popular variety due to their elegant appearance and are ideally suited to life indoors. Often cheaper than a bunch of flowers, they make great gifts and are very rewarding with their stunning 'moth' shaped orchid flowers.

Moth orchid.

8. Peace lily (Spathiphyllum sp.)

The peace lily is often described as the ideal houseplant. They look good all year round, are easy to look after and grow in any part of the house or outside in protected shade areas. Peace lilies are known to clean indoor air and have striking foliage. They are the largest of the Spathiphyllum – it has oversized foliage and pure white flowers, sure to brighten up your home.

Peace lily.

9. Devils ivy/Pothos (Epipremnum spp.)

Sometimes called the ‘money plant', it's one of the best trailing plants. In warmer climates, it can grow outside, but in cooler climates, it's normally an indoor plant. Traditionally grown on a totem but now favoured for hanging baskets, vertical gardens and one of the most popular gift plants around. Devils ivy is easy to look after and comes in green and gold-leaved forms.

Devils ivy.

Some more good fortune

Here are some other plants that you'll find in your nurseries most of the year round that are considered good fortune by Asian gardeners and Feng Shui practitioners around the world. 

  • Jade plant – Crassula ovata
  • Money tree – Pachira aquatica
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Flamingo lily – Anthurinium
  • Peonies

Bring some luck into your home

Check out your local Bunnings nursery to pick up a lucky plant for your home or as a gift for someone else.

 

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