The origins of keeping plants in the home can be traced back to ancient Rome and Egypt, where there were practical purposes for doing so. Along with the keeping and breeding of pet dogs, the keeping of decorative houseplants became a popular hobby during the Victorian era in regions that were hospitable for doing so. The practice didn’t flourish in the United States until the 1950’s and 60’s when the technology to keep homes at a consistent temperature was readily available to the average home. Before then the variances in American climate, and in turn the temperature inside the home, made most U.S. homes and inhospitable environment for houseplants.
Today we have a wide variety of plants to choose from when looking for houseplants and they are easily attainable. You can find a great deal of information about particular houseplants at http://www.guide-to-houseplants.com. Remember a few key points when choosing your houseplants:
ÍWhat temperature do you keep your house at?
ÍHow humid or dry is your home or the room you intend to keep the plant in?
ÍHow many windows do you have?
ÍWhat direction do your windows face (north, east, etc.)?
ÍDo you have pets or children, either your own or that visit you often? (If you answer yes to this you’ll need to do some research to see if the plant you want to purchase is considered toxic to children or pets.)
ÍWhat is your magickal intent?
You may want to write down the answers to these questions, then as you shop for or research what houseplants you’d like to purchase you can compare their needs to what your home can provide for the plant. There are many other things you may want to consider when purchasing houseplants but these are the basics.
As a Domestic Witch I look for ways to apply magickal purposes to everyday activities and object. Houseplants are another subtle way to add magick to your home. Start by choosing healthy plants at the store. When you bring the plant home charge it with its purpose. Since this plant is bringing magick to your home 24/7 you may want to water it with blessed water. Following is a list of some common houseplants and their magickal correspondences.
African Violets ~ love
Aloe ~ ward off evil and accidents
Amaryllis ~ hidden love, friendship, platonic love, retirement
Begonia ~ heightened awareness, balance, psychic ability, to send a warning
Cactus ~ strengthens will (when kept in home), increases sexual stamina (when juice is added to love potions
Dumb Cane ~ to keep secrets or stop gossip
Ferns ~ protection
Fig Tree (Ficus) ~ fertility (Unless you are Christian and then the fig tree was “cursed” by Jesus.)
Gardenia ~ psychic awareness, love potions
Ivy ~ protection, guard against disaster
Jasmine ~ psychic powers, seduction, wealth
Orchid ~ power, uniqueness, charisma
Snake Plant (Mother-in-law Plant or Mother-in-law’s Tongue Plant) ~ long life, prosperity, intelligence, beauty, art poetry, health, and strength (good for air purification)
Ti Plant ~ good luck
Wandering Jew ~ protection against curses and negativity