I was showing a close friend one of my bonsai tree collection and before I really had time to say much about the Ficus he said, ‘are Bonsai trees lucky?’. I had literally never thought about this before as someone who doesn’t tend to think much about luck, so I’ve done some research and found the answer.
Bonsai is an ancient art of planting a tree in a small container and has nothing to do with luck. However the money tree, grown as bonsai, is said to bring good luck to the owner. Let’s find out more…
Bonsai, although not lucky, to many people symbolizes peace, balance and harmony.
When you are cultivating a bonsai, you’re dancing with the life and death of the tree. You’re pushing the ability of the bonsai to survive, when you’re wiring, aggressively pruning, repotting and managing the roots of the tree, simply for the idea of creating something beautiful.
Time plays a huge role in bonsai, much like in humans. Our character develops over time, molding us into what we have become today. If you step back and look at how trees bonsai trees develop over time, we are extremely similar. Scars, weathering, ageing.
Bonsai, unlike most people think, aren’t some genetically mutated or ‘lucky’ tree that will bring money to your household. It’s a carefully, meticulously crafted work of art. Art that is pushed to the edge of death, multiple times over a long period of time to create something so beautiful that will most likely outlive its’ owner.
For me, bonsai brings no luck and that’s never been what it’s about for me. I enjoy bonsai for the peace, the relaxation and the creativity. Shaping my trees, deliberately scaring my trees, knowing that I am pushing the boundaries of what the bonsai can survive, with the hope of healing the tree and it becoming something greater. As crazy as it sounds, when you own bonsai trees for a long time, you’re so in tune with the tree and it’s needs – it’s a beautiful thing.
Don’t take it as a rule, if you believe bonsai bring you luck then stick with it. All I am saying is that from personal experience and research, it seems that bonsai have no correlation or history with luck or being lucky.
Bonsai Symbolizing Luck In Feng Shui
Some people believe that displaying a bonsai tree in your home will actually bring you a lot of luck. Although this is a nice sentiment to have, besides a few sub-tropical trees, bonsai need to be grown outdoors the majority of the year, as they’re still genetically just normal trees.
If you’re looking to display a bonsai in your home to bring luck, it’s worth identifying the species before bringing it indoors, to make sure that it will actually survive. The majority of bonsai trees that are grown indoors can become extremely weak compared to those grown outdoors – but I guess it’s worth it if you believe it brings you good fortune and luck.
The Money Tree
The money tree is a very popular bonsai tree that is said to bring good luck and fortune to those who own the tree. This species is actually used commonly in Feng Shui, for the exact reason of bringing luck into the house. The rumors of the money tree are not just specific to the bonsai culture, this is a commonly known practice around the world, to my surprise. It’s said that if your money tree has 7 leaves, it will bring you more good luck than one with 5 or 6 leaves.
The benefits of the money tree don’t stop there, it is also said to reduce anxiety and stress when placed in the same room. It can also help reduce arguments and it’s said to help aid sleeping issues as well. The art of bonsai itself isn’t lucky, you’re simply creating a miniature representation of nature in a small container but clearly there is a species of tree that can be defined as lucky!
Bonsai is not lucky and nor is meant to bring any luck. There are certain species of tree that can be grown as bonsai, such as the money tree, which are said to bring luck to those who own one.
Although bonsai is not lucky, it does have many benefits to owners and should definitely be brought into everyone’s life given the opportunity. Bonsai is a great test of patience, skill and determination which are all great qualities. The art of constantly caring for a tree, styling it and creating an amazing representation of nature over decades is something extremely calming and a great thing to get involved with. If you’re interested in getting started with bonsai, have a read of my article: 5 Best Bonsai Trees For Beginners.
If you have a species of tree that is said to be lucky, I would love to know about it in the comments so I can share that with other readers looking to find a lucky bonsai tree!