Perhaps it is my own Cancer ascendent and it’s strong connection towards creating a peaceful and warming home- environment, but I have always found the affects of having a few houseplants dotted around a home to be very powerful. Bringing nature indoors and having it live with you, caring for it, is not only therapeutic but adds a general sense of serenity and peace to you and your roomies. However, choosing the right house plant can be quite a challenge with so many different one’s to pick from.
What many don’t realise is that each plant has it’s own personality, just like humans, and some require more care and attention than others. The last thing you want is to choose the wrong house plant for you and end up unintentionally killing it. (Am I the only one that gets a little upset with herself when I haven’t cared for a plant correctly?) For this important reason, it is best to carefully select a house plant that will suit your own special needs and match up your traits so that you can understand your plant on a deeper level. What better way to do that, than to use your zodiac sun sign as an informative stepping stone?
I have spent a considerable amount of time vigorously researching different plants that will go perfectly with each zodiac and today I am finally sharing my knowledge with all my lovely little Wildlings! You could even pair your sun sign plant with your moon sign and ascendent (rising), and craft a zodiac-inspired jungle that speaks to every aspect of your personality.
Aries (March 21 — April 19) Cactus
Highly energetic, Aries are born-leaders and first in line to get things going. Although this fiery sign is not always the go-to for getting things done, if you want to kick-start a project, Aries is the one to call. The leadership quality is highly impressive, so don’t be alarmed if those born under this sign can rally their troops against seemingly insurmountable odds – it’s all due to their magnetism. Aries is a bundle of energy and dynamism, think of a Pied Piper, leading people along with its charm and charisma. The dawning of a new day- and all of its possibilities – is pure bliss to an Aries.
Due to the extremely adventurous personality of an Aries, there is no better plant more suited for this zodiac sign than the Cacti; a strong and sturdy plant that can thrive whilst independent Aries is out travelling the world. Not to mention this strong and protective plant will complement Aries fiery personality. If possible, chose one that gradually sprouts flowers—a subtle reminder of the importance of slowing down from time to time.
– Expose it to bright, indirect light or full sun (full sun is ideal).
– Water it monthly, allowing the soil to dry out completely between waterings.
– If your plant wrinkles, it needs more water. If it has a blanched center, it needs more light. If it’s Yellow and mushy, it’s overwatered.
Taurus (April 20 — May 20) Jade Plant
Stubborn and persistent, Taurus are of the most reliable and practical of the twelve zodiacs. These bulls revel in delicious excess of material goods and physical pleasures. They adore comfort and like being surrounded by pleasing, soothing things. Tauro’s will pursue their goals with steady persistence that is often seen as utter stubbornness. The good news is that once this sign gets to the finish line, they’ll swaddle themselves in material goods. A self-indulgent beast? Perhaps, but if you toiled as laboriously as these folks do, you’d need some goodies, too!
Jade plants grow at a slow and steady pace, thriving in secluded areas, much like that of a Taurus. As a reliable and trustworthy person, Taurus will appreciate that the Jade plant can always be counted on to be there, surviving to boot. On a side note, the Jade Plant is often named a ‘money tree’ and with this earth zodiac’s fascination with money, this adds an ironically complimentary element.
– The Jade plant loves hot, dry and sunny positions so expose this succulent to bright, indirect light or full sun. Don’t worry about it drying up as this plant thrives where others would burn and wither.
– Water every 1 to 3 weeks; more often in direct sun and summer, less often in indirect sun and winter.
– If your plant, wrinkles, it needs more water. If it has a blanched center, it needs more light. Yellow and mushy? It’s overwatered.
Gemini (May 21 — June 20) Air Plant
Dynamic and curious, Gemini’s are adaptable and dexterous and can tackle many things at once. Undoubtedly, the most talkative of the signs, the driving force behind a Gemini’s conversation is their mind. This air sign also thrives on change and enjoys flickering from one thing to another. It is only when things become stagnant and boring, do Gemini’s become anxious and will do whatever they can to regain their freedom. The Gemini-born can easily see both sides of an issue, a wonderfully practical quality. Less practical is the fact that you’re not sure which Twin will show up half the time. Gemini’s may not know who’s showing up either, which can prompt others to consider them fickle and restless.
Air plant’s are literally made for the Gemini-Born. Lacking in roots, the Air plant can move from location to location without a pot to call home, just like the third air sign. Often, Gemini’s can loose themselves in the clouds, contemplating what adventure they’re going to embark on next and thus will find lots in common with this whimsical house plant.
– Expose it to bright, indirect light or full sun but be careful of over exposure.
– Mist daily, or every other day; soak once a week for around 15 minutes. After, gently shake the plants to remove any excess water from the base and the leaves, and set out to dry.
– If your plant has a blackened base, it’s rotting. If it’s curled or shrivelled, it could use some more mist and humidity.
Cancer (June 21 — July 22) Peace Lily
Gentle and nurturing, Cancer is a complex character and takes great pleasures in the comforts of home and family. These signs are happiest when their home life is serene and harmonious. Those born under this sign wear their heart on their sleeve, which is just fine by them. Cancers have hard shells and soft centers, hence their crab symbol and are quick to retreat into their shells – their second home- if it suits their mood. Their shell isn’t the only tough thing about them. These folks are tenacious and strong-willed and like to get their way, so don’t be surprised if these folks get emotional and go back to their shell and sulk. Despite this, Cancers are ultimately motivated by protecting their home and loved ones- a most noble goal.
Even though at first glance, Peace Lilies might look dainty and gentle, they’re actually incredibly strong, representing the hard and soft traits of a Cancer. Peace Lilies are very sensitive to water, which a Cancer will understand on a deep level. The gentle energy of this water sign vibes wonderfully with the subtle beauty of the Peace Lily.
– Keep in a well-lit area and avoid direct sunlight. If no flowers are appearing, the plant may not be getting enough light.
– Keep the soil moist at all times and water once a week. Touch the top of the soil before watering to check that it is dry to avoid over-watering.
– Take extra cautious on giving your plant too much water. If the plant starts to droop, the Peace Lily has overgrown its container and needs repotting.
Leo (July 23 — August 22) Fiddle Leaf Fig
Warm and enthusiastic, Leo is an independent sign, but they are ironically dependent on others because they need people to appreciate them. This is also an added irony because they tend to like the extremes of having an audience and being left alone. This sign enjoys being the center of attention, never shying away from the limelight. These lions are outgoing, self-assured and have a tremendous zest for life with a boundless enthusiasm with a generosity of spirit. Leo’s, more than any other sign, appreciate a life of luxury, so if something is in their quarters, it has to be magnificent!
Fiddle Leaf Fig’s are the ultimate pair for a Leo with their large, beautiful leaves that make a magnificent statement they will stand out in any space. People will admire them, but if you dote on them too much — touching their leaves constantly — then they’ll eventually respond unfavourably, much like that of a Leo. The Fiddle leaf fig is independent, and would rather be an audience pleaser, left on a stage, than part of a crowd, traits a Leo will be able to relate to.
– Expose to bright, indirect light and occasionally full sun.
– Allow the soil to partially dry out between waterings by watering once a week. If your plant has yellow leaves, it’s overwatered.
– If the plants leaves are crispy or drooping it’s under-watered or the plant has outgrown it’s pot and needs to be moved to a large pot. Clean the leaves occasionally so they stay shiny and luxurious, but don’t love them too much.
Virgo (August 23 — September 22) Heart Leaf Philodendron
Methodical and efficient, Virgo’s pay great attention to detail. Due to their philosophical nature, the Virgo may find it difficult to get out of their head since they are so comfortable in thinking mode. This quality can make Virgo’s feel a bit more aloof and strangely calm, but often they are contending with more nervous energy on the inside. This earth sign enjoys studying a situation in great detail, whether it’s a work project or a friendship for the virgin is truly interested in understanding as much as possible. Though they often called ‘perfectionists’ A virgo is happy in the knowledge that their taste is unparalleled.
Virgo’s are well known for their analytical nature which makes the Philodendron a great match. The lush Philodendron is shy and delicate but also extremely methodical in its growth, with long, trailing stems that support heart-shaped leaves. Similar to this plant, Virgo’s stay composed under pressure and will appreciate the nature of the Heart Leaf Philodendron.
– Expose to medium to bright, indirect light.
– Water weekly, allowing soil to partially dry between waterings.
– If your plant is drooping, it’s under-watered unless the soils wet then it needs to be repotted. Yellow leaves? it’s overwatered.
Libra (September 23 — October 22) Peperomia
Easy going and highly diplomatic, Libra is first and foremost focused on others and how they relate to them. Often known as ‘people pleasers’, this sign epitomizes balance, harmony and a sense of fair play. It’s possible, though, that this penchant for fairness is for a different reason: Libra’s abhor conflict. The scales study every possible angle in the hopes of achieving peace and harmony, so much so that others may see them as fickle and indecisive. If that’s what it takes to avoid a confrontation, that’s fine with the Scales. Partnership is a large aspect for this sign as these folk’s really don’t want to be alone. Therefore, Libra’s feel most complete when they are coupled up with their lover, forever.
The peperomia is an abundant display of green foliage that’s at home in many different environments, mirroring Libra’s common actions of flickering from one place to another creating harmony wherever possible. This plant comes in fun varieties such as the Watermelon Peperomia which speaks to the easy-going, whimsy scale of Libra.
– Expose to low to medium bright, indirect light.
– Water weekly, allowing the soil to partially dry between waterings.
-If your plant is drooping, it’s under-watered unless the soils wet then it needs to be repotted. Yellow leaves? it’s overwatered.
Scorpio (October 23 — November 21) Aeonium
Versatile and resilient, Scorpios are dead serious in their mission to learn about others, narrowing in on the essential questions, gleaning the secrets that lie within. Travellers of a world that is black and white and has little use for grey, the curiosity of Scorpios is immeasurable, which may be why they are such adept investigators. Intense, intuitive and passionate, the scorpions are very secretive and complex creatures with a fearlessness that makes them determined to succeed. It’s best not to bet against a Scorpio for they are surprisingly resourceful with a tail that stings.
Aeonium’s have very interesting qualities for a plant. They will take care of themselves and actually thrive on neglect, growing best when they are planted alone, having plenty of sun to soak up in the privacy of their own pot. This is similar to Scorpio, whom often has a hard time trusting others, despite it’s faithful personality. Moreover, a Scorpio is one of the more independent zodiacs, known to thrive best when they too are walking solo. These two have more in common, than one may initially think.
– As with most succulents, Aeonium plants grow best in full sun to partial shade.
-Spray occasionally. They require very little watering.
– Overwatering will cause root rot. Check by poking your finger down into the soil an inch or two.
Sagittarius (November 22 —December 21) Monstera deliciosa
Philosophical and itinerant, Sagittarius is the truth-seeker, and the best way for them to do this is to hit the road, talk to others and get some answers. Knowledge is key to these folks, since it fuels their broad-minded approach to life. The Sagittarian-born are keenly interested in philosophy and religion, and they find that these disciplines aid their internal quest. At the end of the day, what Sagittarius wants most is to know the meaning of life, and to accomplish this while feeling free and easy.
Take one look at Monstera deliciosa and you’ll understand why this house plant is the perfect match for the enthusiastic and outspoken Sagittarius. With striking leaves that evoke visions of a tropical jungle, this wild unruly plant will be greatly appreciated by such a free-spirited sign.
– Keep in bright, indirect light to full sun.
– Water weekly, allowing soil to partially dry between waterings.
– If your plant is drooping, it’s under-watered. If its leaves are yellowing, it’s overwatered.
Capricorn (December 22 — January 19) Snake Plant
Self-disciplined and ambitious, Capricorns are the most hard working of the zodiacs and will stop at nothing to reach the top of their mountain. Life is one big project for these folks, and they adapt to this by adopting a businesslike approach to almost everything they do. The Capricorn-born are extremely dedicated to their goals, almost to the point of stubbornness. Those victories sure smell sweet, though, and that thought alone will keep Capricorns going.
Due to the wise and adaptable traits of Capricorn, the snake plant makes a wonderful match for it too is highly capable of flourishing in almost every environment. In some many cases, the snake plant will spread and spread and spread — often taking over other planters — because that’s what it does best. This mirrors capricorn take-over-the-world outlook and with the plants extremely independent nature, there will be no worries about tending to it whilst Capricorn is chasing those big dreams.
– Keep in low to medium to bright, indirect light
– Water every 2 to 3 weeks, allowing the soil to completely dry out in between waterings
– If your plant is winkled, it’s under-watered. If it has a blanched center, it needs more light. If it’s yellow and mushy, it’s overwatered.
Aquarius (January 20 —February 18) Rex Begonia
Eccentric, energetic and fiercely independent, Aquarius likes to dance to their own drummer. This often results in them standing out from the crowd with their bold and unique nature. Their thought process is inventive and original and whilst Aquarians are for the most part, sympathetic and compassionate, they like it when things are going their own quirky way. Aquarians are freedom-loving and individualistic with an urge to roam. Some might call their behaviour eccentric (and they would be right), but when you consider that the Aquarian’s heart is truly in the right place, a few oddities should be overlooked.
The Rex Bogonia is the perfect match for the quirky-mind of Aquarius, with it’s psychedelic colouring and heart shaped petals, it’s a must-have for a personality filled with an abundance of imagination and curiosity. This plant frequently has large leaves (up to 6 inches long) that are brightly coloured in various shades of green, red, silver, and even purple, portraying the wonderful mind of this air sign.
– Keep in indirect light, all year round. They are not aggressive bloomers, therefore, they can tolerate less light than other begonias.
– Water weekly, allowing the soil to partially dry between waterings.
– If it’s yellowing and mushy, it’s overwatered and potentially has root rot. Wilting leaves? it’s under-watered.
Pisces (February 19 — March 20) Oxalis
Selfless, spiritual and focused on their inner journey, Pisces are known as the representation of life’s extremes. They are deeply affected by the world, often feeling more empathy than any other sign. This is because they place great weight on what they are feeling. In fact, feelings define Pisces, and it’s not uncommon for them to feel their own burdens (and joys) as well as those of others. When something is stressful or sad, Pisces may begin to feel depressed. These lower notes can make the typical Pisces withdrawn which many mistake for elusiveness. Many people associate Pisces with dreams and secrets, and it’s a fair association, since those born under this sign feel comfortable in an illusory world.
The Oxalis makes a wonderful pairing for sensitive Pisces. This delicate and intuitive plant mirrors that of the compassionate, intuitive aura this zodiac so strongly exudes. In addition, Oxalis plants are very sensitive to frost and requires a delicate hand to take care of them. What better carer than the soft touch of a Pisces? With hundreds of varieties that showcase different bright flowers, it speaks to all of a Piscarians’ dreamy desires.
– Keep in indirect sun with afternoon shade where summers are very hot.
– Water weekly, increasing watering with increased light.
– If your plant has drooping leaves and crispy edges, it’s under-watered. If it has yellowing leaves, it’s overwatered.
Does your zodiac sign match with your chosen plant?