Green Post - Decorative Plants For Chinese New Year

Lucky Bamboo for Chinese New Year...

Chinese New Year is just round the corner! I am sure the nurseries are already well stocked with chrysanthemums. I remember buying a pot or two of these flowers for decorating the house or to give away to a dear friend years back. Other popular plants in Malaysia include lucky bamboo and of course, kumquat which my sister-in-law never fail to buy come each Chinese New Year and in San Francisco, America, I understand that orchids, narcissus, azaleas and peonies are in the popular list too. These plants are synonymous with good luck, good fortune, wealth, longevity and other positive thoughts and I really like that idea. I read an article in the paper that plants are a symbol of life and growth and a must for Chinese New Year. This is a new piece of news for me really but I do like the idea. What better way to green the world!


Mark Antony said…
I always am interested in the traditions of other countries! We all need as much good luck as we can get, so in's good to see those plants and feel optimistic!

Happy New Year.
footiam said…
Thanks Mark for the comment. Do come and visit often then! By the way, mentioned you at Reincarnation or Rebirth at

Happy New Year!
Liudmila said…
And what happens with these plants after New Year? The same story as for the poor Christmas Tree in Europe?
footiam said…
I believe Christmas trees are cut and when used to decorate the homes are rootless. Chrysanthemums sold here are in pots and have roots and so are kumquats. The kumquats bought from nursery are very beautiful with abundant fruits and well, we planted them in the garden after Chinese New Year but I am not surprised if people throw them away because you can't accommodate them all. The chrysanthemums is as big as a bouquet of flowers and even if you throw them away, it is not wasteful since it is non-woody and not so big. All these plants are not as big as a Christmas tree and plants like the one shown in the picture, they can survive easily if you put them in a vase and water them and if you throw it somewhere suitable, it may even grow and propagate very quickly. But really, the one you found in the nursery are really marvellous unlike the one you plant in the backyard.
Liudmila said…
All the plants grown in the greenhouse have special treatment. After you put them in the natural conditions they become natural.

Some shops sell similar to professional fertilizers. In this case you can have more big, more "special" plants and flowers.

We have one german supermarket where it's possible to buy this sort of feritlizers and in this case I have better results.
footiam said…
Oh! I wish I can give the plants and everyone else special treatment. But I am hopeless with plants and I don't think everyone needs or deserve special treatment!

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