Reasons a Cat’s Whiskers Plant Should Be Part of Your Home or Office Décor 

More than just a pretty face, the cat’s whiskers plant is a medicinal plant that serves multiple purposes. It is a lovely addition to any home or office, and you can both admire it and make good use of it.

You won’t even have to worry about extensive upkeep or expending a ton of energy. It’s a hardy plant that wants to thrive in your space.

The cat’s whiskers plant is here to serve, so why not add it to a room in your home or office?

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A Cat’s Whiskers Plant Is Good for Homes and Offices

A Cat’s Whiskers Plant Is Good for Homes and Offices

Native to tropical regions in Africa, Australia, and Southeast Asia, the cat’s whiskers plant has long been celebrated for its medicinal properties. Like most plants, of course, it will absorb the common household toxins in your home or office and release oxygen at night to help you breathe easier, but it also serves as a physical relief for respiratory issues.

The cat’s whiskers plant is a type of mint, from the Orthosiphon aristatus family, which is a medicinal herb that helps heal lung issues, high blood pressure, kidney and bladder problems, gum issues, and even gout. It has antifungal and antibiotic properties, and it will keep your blood sugar in check.

All you have to do is pluck some of the mint-like leaves and add them to your tea to give your body a boost.

Are Cat’s Whiskers Plants Good for the Feng Shui Flow of a Room?

In addition to being a medicinal plant, the cat’s whiskers is also great for bringing positive feng shui into your home or office. With mint-shaped leaves and whiskery flowers that extend in all directions, this plant comes in white or purple, both fortuitous colors in feng shui.

You can expect luck, wealth, and healthy energies in any space that holds a cat’s whiskers plant.

For those interested in learning more about feng shui practices, check out this master class article on how to use feng shui.

Are Cat’s Whiskers Plants Easy to Grow and Maintain?

Though this plant has exotic origins, it is quite happy in the states and is easy to grow and maintain.

How Do Cat’s Whiskers Plants Grow?

As a tropical plant, the cat’s whiskers typically grows along the edges of forests, so it prefers full sun and plenty of warmth. In colder regions, you can grow it near a window inside that gets plenty of sunlight. Note that this plant can grow up to 78 inches tall!

What Kind of Soil Does a Cat’s Whiskers Plant Need?

The cat’s whiskers does not need special soil. Indoor houseplant soil will be fine as long as it is well-draining.  Make sure you provide a pot with plenty of drainage holes.

How Much Light Does a Cat’s Whiskers Plant Need?

Remember this plant calls for plenty of sunlight, so place it near or in a window that receives hours of sunlight. At the same time, watch that the delicate leaves do not burn. You may want to consider filtering the light with a thin curtain.

How Much Water Does a Cat’s Whiskers Plant Need?

The cat’s whiskers plant calls for plenty of water when you first pot it, so it can become established. Note that soil in pots tends to dry out more quickly than garden soil, so keep an eye on the soil in the beginning of the plant’s growth.

Once established, the cat’s whiskers will tolerate less frequent waterings, perhaps once a week or even less in colder months.

For more information on watering plants, check out my other article for signs, tips, and tricks to avoiding watering mistakes.

Other Conditions that Are Important to a Cat’s Whiskers Plant

Do note that as a tropical plant the cat’s whiskers, will not tolerate colder climates. Thus,  if you live in a colder region, bring this plant indoors and provide it with warmth and humidity. If you have a collection of tropical plants, consider keeping them all in the same room with a humidifier.

You will not need to fertilize this plant as long as it has healthy soil and access to sunlight and water.

Finally, you should not have to worry about pests or diseases with the cat’s whiskers as it is grown to fend off attackers. Just be sure to allow plenty of air to circulate and watch the moisture of your soil.

Cat’s Whiskers Plant Decorating Ideas

The best idea for decorating with cat’s whiskers is to create a tropical theme. Provide this plant with plenty of room to grow both out and up, so consider a large colorful pot.

You can expect the cat’s whiskers to reach up to 3 feet tall when grown indoors, so consider suspending another tropical plant above it to create an interesting tropical aesthetic. Surround the plant with smaller, bold and colorful tropical plants, so the cat’s whiskers takes up space, and the other plants highlight its beauty.

Do Fake Cat’s Whiskers Plants Look Real?

Do Fake Cat’s Whiskers Plants Look Real

If, in the end, you decide a cat’s whiskers plant is just too much work or you don’t have the energy or temperament for this lush greenery, you could always opt for an artificial version, which will provide almost as many benefits. Of course, you won’t get the medicinal benefits of the herbs, but the beauty and feng shui energy will still be alive and well.

And if you’re wondering if artificial plants are even in style, check out my piece on whether artificial plants and flowers are tacky.

Whether you decide to go real or fake, the cat’s whiskers plant is a must-have for any home or office. It is worth the investment and the time and energy if you’ve got it to give. Plus, if you get a real one, you can offer your friends and family some “lucky tea!”

What are your thoughts? Do you have any tips or tricks for keeping and decorating with a cat’s whiskers plant? Let me know in the comments. I love to hear from my readers.

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