21 Fortune Plants with Step by Step Care Guide!

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There’s a saying that Fortune plants bring good luck and invite fortune, wealth, and prosperity to the area where they are located. These amazing plants make any room feel more lively and joyful regardless of whether or not they bring you good luck.

To take care of Fortune Plants you need to have the right sunlight, soil, water, temperature and humidity, hydration and moisture, plus fertilizer; also deal with pests and diseases, and correctly groom and prune. Not nearly as hard as you’d think! 

How To Take Care of Fortune Plants 

Fortune plants are simple and easy to care for and do well in indoor settings. A perfect houseplant for your home. Plants are much like human beings and enjoy each other’s company.

Here’s what you need to know on how to take care of these popular houseplants, keeping them alive and growing. 

According to Chinese and Japanese mythology, all these  Fortune Plants have meanings: They’re all signs of prosperity, riches, love and whatever your hearts desire.

Most, if not all, are flower plant species and can be container plants.

Therefore, here are the guides for your Fortune Plants that could help beautify your home and get a good luck at the same time!


According to fortune plant gardeners, these plants are like a mix of direct and indirect sunlight. Too much direct sun exposure could scorch the leaves.

To arrive at, and achieve the right balance with your Fortune Plant, turn or rotate it regularly for more even light distribution.

Be sure to rotate it a quarter turn every few days as needed, but don’t move it all over the place so as to not disturb it too much.

Fortune Plants can handle fluorescent lighting and it is safe to keep one in your office as long as you take adequate care of it.

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It is essential to maintain nutrient-rich potting soil with good drainage. Fortune plants thrive in rich sand, well-drained, and slightly acidic soil for extra porousness.

A potting mix that includes peat and perlite for indoors and moist-retentive ground with active organic matter.

Fortune plant roots need to get oxygen or else they rot and die. It prefers an ideal soil pH level of 5.5 – 7.0.

An important thing to note having the right soil is the foundation for growing the health of your lucky plants.


The best care to keep your Fortune Plant happy is to it as good a watering as the plant needs. To ensure and allow the soil to dry in between watering.

Some experts recommend slowly hydrating the plant to let the water spread into the roots evenly and gradually.

Truly, if your plant is getting lighter, eventually, you would also need to increase its water intake to avoid drying out.

Your lucky plants need to have less water but constant moisture. Use a pot or container with adequate drainage holes making the watering more convenient for the excess water to drain easily.

Temperature and Humidity

Fortune Plants do best in warmer environments, keeping them in an area with 65 – 75 degrees Fahrenheit. However, the good news is, Fortune Plants are flexible and forgiving.

They could still handle temperatures that go 10 degrees below or above the ideal range. Considering the humidity level, they still thrive with constant moisture.

How To Keep Your Indoor Fortune Plants Hydrated and Moist

Installing humidifiers, mist them, adding pebbles, and sponging off the leaves with a wet cloth just to keep the plant hydrated. They should always stay hydrated.

Another option to keep the moisture of your Fortune plants is by placing them in a group with other houseplants. Hence, all these house plants would transpire and increase humidity naturally.


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One of the core requirements for your Fortune Plant is to feed them. Adding a good quality of compost with organic matter into the soil which is essential for their growth. 

They will benefit from it. Feeding them once a week is recommended.

Either way, you could make the soil mix rich in organic nutrients with good quality sterile compost, animal dung manure, or any balanced organic manure.

There are also organic fertilizers that are best to use. 

But, as much as possible, avoid using cheap fertilizers. This may result in salt buildup into the soil that might kill your plant. 

The day after the fertilization, be sure to water the plant deeply.

Pests and Diseases

Fortune Plants could also attract mealybugs, thrips, aphids, and scale. But nothing to worry about, applying neem oil to the soil to repel any pests.

These kinds of pests and diseases tend to hinder the growth of your Fortune Plant and can cause major damage as well.

Once you see any of those mentioned pests and diseases, immediately separate the plant from others to avoid spreading the pests.

How to eliminate aphids? Remove the aphids with a strong stream of water by using a water hose and blasting them off the leaves.

Grooming And Pruning 

Basically, a Fortune Plant does not need a lot of pruning. But it is a good idea to trim the damaged, discolored, and dead leaves. This will keep your lucky plants healthy and flourishing.

On the other side, you must prune away the larger older leaves that cover the smaller younger leaves.  These new young leaves will now be able to get more sunlight.

Be sure to sterilize your cutting materials in doing so to ensure you are not transferring any bacteria. 

More Care Tips on Your Fortune Plants. 

When The Leaves of Your Plant Suddenly Droop.

This might happen If they are exposed to a cold draft and are at the entrance or window, which would cause all the leaves to droop.

Immediately transfer your Fortune Plant into a warm environment to save the life of your plant.

Wilting Of Leaves 

The wilting of leaves is a root rot caused by waterlogging. Check the plant roots.  If the color is still white, it’s healthy while if the color is brown and slushy, it a sick plant with root rot.

You could save the plant by repotting it in better soil. However, the chances are slim.

Yellowing Of Leaves 

The most common reason is salt buildup due to over-fertilization. You could save your plant by watering deeply three or four times a day and letting all the water drain out. This will help wash off the salts. 

The rainwater is very good for all plants.

Brown Spots on The Leaves

This leaf brown spot is a bacterial disease with a foul smell. Eliminate Immediately the affected leaves. This kind of bacteria spreads through water droplets on leaves. Keep the leaves from getting wet.

Here Is A Descriptive List Of 21 Fortune Plants:

 1.     Precious Point: Ficus Religiosa

Bodhi Tree - 21 Fortune Plants with Step by Step Care Guide - Patricia Godwin
Bodhi Tree

This is also called the Bodhi Tree, and the Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment under it.

2.     Lucky Bamboo – Botanical Name: Dracaena Sanderiana

 Lucky Bamboo - 21 Fortune Plants with Step by Step Care Guide - Patricia Godwin
Lucky Bamboo

Lucky bamboo represents the five elements of Feng Shui, a symbol of prosperity and fortune. You can also grow it without soil, in water.  Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood.

Precious Point: The number of stalks represents various meanings.

Bamboo also has other important qualitites, e.g. it takes in carbon dioxide and puts out over 35% more oxygen into the atmosphere.

This quality alone reduces the amount of greenhouse gases and need for hardwood trees.

3.     Cactus – Botanical Name: Cactaceae

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Blooming Cactaceae

In the Mesoamerican culture of Mexico, The Aztecs respect and regard the blooming cactusOpens in a new tab. as very lucky.

It signifies positivity and brings good news and glad tidings to its owner.

4.     Peonies – Botanical Name: Paeonia

For positivity and optimism why not grow pretty peonies. These flowers also bring good luck in relationships, true love, nobility and harrmony.

For full benefit, grow these plants in the southwest direction of your home.

5.     Orchids – Botanical Name: Orchidaceae

Orchidaceae - 21 Fortune Plants with Step by Step Care Guide - Patricia Godwin

The elegant and colourful look of an Orchid will add instant attraction to your home. It is said it will also bring you fortune, good favor and love.

According to Feng Shui it is supposed to help you find a good partner in life.

6.     Peace Lily – Botanical Name: Spathiphyllum Wallisii

The Peace Lily, with its elegant and graceful white flowers can enhance the beauty of any decor.

They say that this plant signifies peace, and purity, and it complements the energy and feel of the house.

7.     Sage – Botanical Name: Salvia Officinalis

Sage helps to keep the bad spirits away. It is also believed that burning sage leaves in the house helps in keeping bad luck away from the family.

Fun Fact: Being an aromatic herb, growing one indoors will help you have a fresh supply all year round!

8.     Bonsai Banyan – Botanical Name: Ficus benghalensis ‘Bonsai’’

The Chinese Bonsai Tree of Banyan in a Pottery Pot - 21 Fortune Plants with Step by Step Care Guide - Patricia Godwin
The Chinese Bonsai Tree of Banyan in a Pottery Pot

This plant is well-thought-of, in Indian culture, as a religious plant growing banyan tree bonsai indoors.

Put it on your porch or patio and it can bring positivity and good health, strength and wellbeing to the family.

9.     Shamrock Plant – Botanical Name: Oxalis

Saint Patrick's Day Shamrock
Saint Patrick’s Day Shamrock

The Oxalis genus produces plants that are regarded as being lucky as they signify the Holy Trinity in the Irish tradition.

You can grow Oxalis Triangularis indoors easily.

10.     Citrus

Citrus Tree in Pot - 21 Fortune Plants with Step by Step Care Guide - Patricia Godwin
Citrus Tree in Pot

Grow your Citrus in a container, then it is said to bring prosperity and positive vibes.

These citrus plants also look enchanting while bringing good luck and good fortune to your home.

You could try Kumquats or some of the miniature versions of lemon and orange citrus plants.

11.     Lavender – Botanical Name: Lavandula

Bushes of lavender in landscape design. Lavender in the garden.

In Vastu Shastra – an ancient Indian science regarding achieving harmony and wealthy, prosperous living. To accomplish this you must eliminate the negative and enhance the positive energies around us.

To bring those much needed positive vibes is Lavender. An iconic plant for optimism and confidence.

Also, according to a survey, it helps in reducing anxiety and nervousness and induces good sleep that promotes and stimulates a sense of  well-being and faith.

12.     White Narcissus – Botanical Name: Narcissus papyraceus

 In your working area – say, at the office – you should grow White Narcissus Flowers. They will bring to you attention and your hard work and talent will be noticed by your superiors.

Make a gift of this flower to your loved ones on a lunar new year.

Precious Point: To improve the success of your career, it is said that you should plant other bulb flowers like Yellow Daffodils along with White Narcissus.

13.     Aloe Vera – Botanical Name: Aloe Barbadensis Miller

Aloe Vera Plant
Aloe Vera Plant

Keeping the air clean Aloe Vera , can be made as a refreshing drink, and according to Vastu, brings health benefits and luck when kept in the North or East direction.

14.     Golden Pothos – Botanical Name: Epipremnum Aureum

The Golden Pothos plant with it beautiful heart-shaped lustrous leaves, looks stunning in any and every home decor and it brings with it both luck and happiness.

Precious Point: According to Feng shui, it attracts wealth, treasures and prosperity in general.

 15.     Jade Plant – Botanical Name: Crassula Ovata

Krassula Ovata Coral
Krassula Ovata Coral

The Jade Plant is a compact and dense, with oval-shaped leaves that resemble a jade stone.

It is considered a  symbol of good luck and wealth in abundance, due to its classic, evergreen nature.

16.     Carmona Bonsai – Botanical Name: Carmona Microphylla

Produces pretty white blossoms in summer, this flowering Bonsai Tree is considered favorably auspicious.

To have one means it will bring you good luck, magical charm, and prosperity and richness to your homes.

17.     Adenium – Botanical Name: Adenium Obesum

Popular as “fu gui hua” in Mandarin, it translates to a wealth plant. The swollen stem of the plant represents wealth, affluence,  good luck, and fortune and treasure.

Precious Point:  The bigger the stem, the better chances of having good luck!

18.     Paper Plant – Botanical Name: Fatsia Japonica

The Paper Plant or Fatsia Japonica is one of the most favoured plants to be found in huge amounts in a vast number of Japanese homes.

It’s thought of as being incredibly lucky because its leaves are always in odd numbers (7 or 9). In Japan, odd numbers are considered blessed.

 19.    Pitcher Plant – Botanical Name: Nepenthes

 This plant is aka monkey cups! Pitcher plants are very popular for Lunar New Year as they look like money bags and are considered lucky to have around you.

20.     Pachira Money Tree – Botanical Name: Pachira Aquatica

Guiana Chestnut (Pachira Aquatica)
Guiana Chestnut (Pachira AquaticaOpens in a new tab.)


Feng Shui says that this tree has magical powers, bringing good luck to its owners to lead a charmed life.

21.     Peepal Bonsai – Botanical Name: Ficus Religiosa

In Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism this is considered a most sacred tree. This bonsai plant easily grows indoors.

The legend is that it brings its owners good luck and positivity.

Final Thoughts on 21 Fortune Plants with Step by Step Care Guide!

So, you see, growing one or many of the above  Fortune Plants should be relatively easy.

If you want good fortune, clearly it’s a very rewarding and satisfying experience and any work you put into your fortune plants should be well rewarded if you read the good luck attached to owning these plants.

Growing and owning a lucky plant in your home or office is regarded as a blessing that brings great favor to the owner.  Be fortunate (pardon the pun) and grow one or more of these plants!

Happy Gardening!

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Patricia Godwin

Patricia has many years of experience as a content writer on various subjects, but her first love is gardening. She’s never met a plant she didn’t like and, consequently, she writes about every type of plant you can think of. Once an avid gardener with a herb garden, a succulent rockery, and a rose garden – to mention a few. Nowadays, she’s constantly on the move searching for interesting plants to bring to your attention; and explain to you all the details you need to grow, care and maintain these plants.

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