20 lucky and auspicious plants to get for Chinese New Year 2019

January 08, 2019
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    What are the lucky and auspicious plants to get for Chinese New Year? Flower blossoms are believed to bring fortune, according to the popular Chinese saying 花開富貴 (“blossom flowers bring wealth”).

    Here are some other lucky plants that are popular for the new year.

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  • 1. Chrysanthemums
    2 / 21 1. Chrysanthemums

    With their bright gold or purple hues, chrysanthemums are an auspicious choice for the season. The plant is said to symbolise longevity, while those with gold blooms represent wealth and prosperity.

    (Photo: The Straits Times)

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  • 2. Flamingo Lily
    3 / 21 2. Flamingo Lily

    Flamingo lilies come in an auspicious red or pink colour symbolising prosperity. With blossoms shaped like little hearts, these flowers are perfect for Valentine’s Day too and if you care for them properly, they’ll last a long time. What’s more, flamingo lilies can remove formaldehyde, xylene and ammonia from the air.

    (Photo: 123RF.com)

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  • 3. Jade Plant
    4 / 21 3. Jade Plant

    This South African native, which is also known as crassula, is often in demand because of its emerald green leaves, which resemble the shape of a jade stone. The plany is regarded as a symbol of prosperity, wealth and fortune. It requires very little moisture – water sparingly every alternate day. Place it in a semi-shaded area.

    (Photo: The Straits Times)

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  • 4. Kalanchoes
    5 / 21 4. Kalanchoes

    Known as wan zi qian hong – meaning thousands and millions of red and purple in reference to its small flowers – the kalanchoe is an easy plant to grow and is said to bring wealth and prosperity.

    (Photo: The Straits Times)

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  • 5. Lucky Bamboo
    6 / 21 5. Lucky Bamboo

    Bent, twisted and twirled into various shapes, such as the number eight, the lucky bamboo is the Chinese symbol for strength. The plant is decorated with red ribbons and lucky ornaments, and the number of bamboo stalks in one pot represents different things. For example, two is said to be an expression of love, while seven stands for good health.

    (Photo: 123RF.com)

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  • 6. Money Plant
    7 / 21 6. Money Plant

    Also known as Devil’s Ivy, this versatile and hardy plant can remove formaldehyde, benzene and xylene from the air, making it great for purification. And with its coin-like leaves, the money plant symbolises fortune and good luck.

    (Photo: 123RF.com)

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  • 7. Oncidium Orchids
    8 / 21 7. Oncidium Orchids

    Also known as Dancing Ladies, these orchids with their tiny yellow petals look like they are sprouting gold coins. Besides their delightful shape, orchids have long been considered to be symbolic of fertility and abundance.

    (Photo: The Straits Times)

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  • 8. Peace Lily
    9 / 21 8. Peace Lily

    Peace lilies are like falmingo lilies, but with ivory white flowers instead. Keep them around the home as they are one of the most effective air-filtering plants, removing chemicals like trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, xylene, benzene and ammonia.

    (Photo: 123RF.com)

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  • 9. Phalaenopsis
    10 / 21 9. Phalaenopsis

    Known as hu die lan in Mandarin, this plant is a popular festive plant as its petals resemble the wings of a butterfly, symbolising happiness, spring, vitality and longevity.

    (Photo: The Straits Times)

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  • 10.Pussy Willow
    11 / 21 10.Pussy Willow

    Pussy willows signify the start of spring. Also known as catkins, this plant with furry buds needs a change of water twice a week if it is in a vase. If it is potted, water twice a week. Fresh water ensures the plant lasts longer and prevents mosquitoes from breeding.

    (Photo: The Straits Times)

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  • 11. Red Cymbidiums
    12 / 21 11. Red Cymbidiums

    Also known as boat orchids, these flowers are prized for their large and elegant blooms. Its colour has spurred the Chinese name hong pao, which means red cracker. Just as auspicious-sounding are the yellow cymbidiums, which are called huang jing, or yellow gold, in Mandarin.

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  • 12. Animal-themed Plants
    13 / 21 12. Animal-themed Plants

    How cute are these themed creations? They are perfect for celebrating Chinese New Year and are specially arranged with a variety of lucky plants that are said to fill your home with an abundance or prosperity, luck and fortune.

    (Photo: Far East Flora)

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  • 13. Tangerine Tree
    14 / 21 13. Tangerine Tree

    A perrenial favourite during Chinese New Year, these potted shrubs are ideal for indoor decorations and are available at all flower markets. They represent “lucky tree bearing fruits” and are great for ushering in wealth.

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  • 14. Peonies
    15 / 21 14. Peonies

    Peonies are often associated with richness and peace in Chinese mythology because of how they grow in clusters. The red versions of these flowers are particularly more auspicious than the pink ones.

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  • 15. Peach Blossoms / Sakura Flowers / Plum Blossoms
    16 / 21 15. Peach Blossoms / Sakura Flowers / Plum Blossoms

    We know they’re often associated with Japanese culture but peach blossoms are also heavily used in Chinese culture. Peach blossoms are considered sacred in China and symbolise romance, prosperity and growth. They’re also popular with young people looking for love.

    (Photo: 123RF.com)

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  • 16. Pitcher Plant
    17 / 21 16. Pitcher Plant

    They’re a little less popular but pitcher plants are also highly regarded plants for the Lunar New Year. Because of the fact that these plants look like money bags, they’re considered lucky.

    (Photo: The Straits Times)

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  • 17. Cockscomb
    18 / 21 17. Cockscomb

    These plants are considered lucky because they resemble a cock’s comb and because roosters are considered lucky animals in Chinese culture.

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  • 18. Celosia Plume
    19 / 21 18. Celosia Plume

    The plant is popular in Chinese culture because of how they look like a phoenix’s tail.

    A version of this article first appeared on The Straits Times.

    (Photo: 123RF.com)

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  • 19. Guzmania Lingulata
    20 / 21 19. Guzmania Lingulata

    These flowering plants are also known as pineapple flowers. Pineapple is an auspicious fruit, as it is called ong lai in Hokkien, meaning good fortune arriving. These plants are also relatively easy to maintain.

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  • 20. Marigold
    21 / 21 20. Marigold

    These brightly-hued plants are called wan shou ju in Mandarin, which signifies longevity.

    A version of this article first appeared on The Straits Times; additional reporting by The Singapore Women’s Weekly.

    (Photo: 123RF.com)

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