Reasons a Mother of Pearl Plant Should Be Part of Your Home or Office Décor 

The mother of pearl is a sweet succulent plant that will grow in a pot near a window in your home or office. It is easy to care for and pretty hard to kill. Not to mention this perennial will stay beautiful and continue to thrive all year round. You really can’t go wrong with a mother of pearl, wherever you decide to house it.

A Mother of Pearl Plant Is Good for Homes and Offices

A Mother of Pearl Plant Is Good for Homes and Offices

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Native to North America and Mexico, the mother of pearl plant also goes by the nickname ghost plant because of the dusty white color that appears on the leaves.

It loves warm regions, and under the right conditions, will yield rosettes in hues of blue-gray or pinkish yellow. As long as this plant gets plenty of sun, may also see tiny, yellow flowers in the shape of dainty stars.

And, like other succulents, the Graptopetalum paraguayense will keep the air around it clean by absorbing the toxins in the air during the day and releasing oxygen at night. You might even consider keeping this lovely succulent next to your bed as long as that spot gets enough bright light.

Are Mother of Pearl Plants Good for the Feng Shui Flow of a Room?

In addition to being good for the environment, the mother of pearl plant offers excellent feng shui energy as well.

Place it in a western-facing window and expect harmony in your home. This succulent, according to eastern tradition, brings balance and positivity into your space.

It’s also a great plant for communication as it is associated with the mouth. Thus, in addition to harmony, you can expect friendly relationships to blossom wherever you keep a mother of pearl plant.

If you’re having a difficult time with a family member in your house, consider holding a meeting or discussion in the same space as your mother of pearl plant.

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

Are Mother of Pearl Plants Easy to Grow and Maintain?

The mother of pearl plant is not only easy to grow and maintain, it is one of the lowest maintenance plants you can find.

How Do Mother of Pearl Plants Grow?

A typical succulent, the mother of pearl requires little water, lots of light, and well-draining soil, and you can watch it grow up to a foot tall and up to 3 feet wide in a household pot.

What Kind of Soil Does a Mother of Pearl Plant Need?

You can plant your ghost plant in a large pot with well-draining cactus or succulent soil. A great idea would be to use a clay pot as they don’t hold water and won’t drown your mother of pearl. If you notice the plant is holding water, you can add bark or perlite to the soil to break it up, or place pebbles in the bottom of the pot.

How Much Light Does a Mother of Pearl Plant Need?

While many of the plants we discuss here call for bright, indirect sunlight, the mother of pearl wants that full sun. You might be able to get away with partial sun, but this is a desert region succulent that loves hot sun.

Of course, if you notice the leaves are browning, you have now crossed over into too much of a good thing, and you can pull back a bit.

How Much Water Does a Mother of Pearl Plant Need?

Again, you’re dealing with a succulent here, so it only needs a little bit of water every week or every other week to keep the soil moist.

Just be sure that if the soil dries out completely, you restore it to full moisture. Then get into the habit of checking the soil regularly enough that you don’t deprive your plant.

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

Other Conditions that Are Important to a Mother of Pearl Plant

Unlike many common houseplants, the mother of pearl is wonderfully resilient and resistant when it comes to pests or disease. Be mindful of what is happening with your plant; remove any dead leaves that collect at the base of the plant.

If you do notice mealybugs, simply dab the plant with isopropyl alcohol where you see bugs or spray the plant with neem oil and you should see them gone in a few weeks. The most common issue you might confront is root rot, so just be sure you don’t overwater the plant.

Mother of Pearl Plant Decorating Ideas

This adorable succulent can be kept small in a clay pot on your desk, on your nightstand, or on a side table. You can surround it with other succulents and create a garden or place it at the base of much larger tropical or desert plants. Or it can sit all by itself and draw all the attention it deserves.

Do Fake Mother of Pearl Plants Look Real?

Do Fake Mother of Pearl Plants Look Real

Still, some people will find that the ghost plant is too much work, and in that case, you can always consider a fake mother of pearl instead. You can find a high-quality mother of pearl plant that will look just like the real thing and stand as a beacon of hope and harmony in your feng shui energy and attract the attention it deserves.

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 go with a real plant or a fake one, the mother of pearl plant will make a lovely addition to your home or office, and you won’t be sorry you’ve got it.

Do you have a mother of pearl plant in your home or office? How do you care for it? Where do you keep it? Let me know in the comments. I love to hear from my readers.

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