Everything holds a vibrational energy, including humans, plants and crystals! Many people believe naturally occurring crystals, gemstones and minerals carry metaphysical properties that can positively influence your plants, just as they influence our bodies. Various crystals have beneficial properties that can raise your plants vibrational frequency promoting new growth, vitality and strength as well as offering protection against stress and pests, as well as enhancing your plant’s beauty with gorgeous texture and colour.
How to Use Crystals for Plants
There are many ways to incorporate the mystical powers of crystals into your gardening practice.
- You can place crystals around your plants or on their soil, or bury them in the soil.
This is the most common way crystals are used with plants. When crystals are placed on top of a plant’s soil or at the base of the plant, the crystal’s energies are absorbed. Some gardeners choose to bury their crystals in the soil, placing them amongst the roots to focus the energy. Crystals can also be used decoratively, arranged in patterns or by colour, for example. Just having them near plants will create subtle changes.
- Create a crystal grid, protective perimeter, or sacred garden.
You can arrange your stones into a crystal grid (a geometric grid throughout the garden or home). You can also choose to create a protective crystal perimeter around the garden or home to ward off negative energy, pollution and pests. Clear quartz or black tourmaline works wonderfully well for this. Another way to incorporate crystals into your life is to design a tranquil sacred space filled with plants and crystal energy. A crystal garden allows you the space to reflect, meditate, and unwind surrounded by the beauty of the natural world.
- Water your garden with a crystal-infused water, or set the crystals in your plant food.
Making crystal water (sometimes referred to as an elixir) is simple, all it requires is placing your chosen crystals in a glass jar filled with water (preferably distilled water). Allow the stones to rest in the water for about 24 hours, exposing the jar to either sunlight, or moonlight to enhance their healing energies. Some crystals are not well suited to water exposure, be sure to research your crystal beforehand.
Energy enhanced plant food is also super straightforward. Place your clean crystals in the plant food, also for about a day, before removing them to feed your plants.
- Wear crystals while gardening.
Wear crystals as jewelry while gardening to increase your personal energy and tune you into what your garden needs. Some gardeners adorn their plants with rings and pendants containing crystals.
Choosing Crystals for Your Plants
When choosing crystals for plants there are a few things to take into consideration. Some crystals deteriorate when exposed to water regularly (such as selenite or malachite). While other crystals can fade when exposed to prolonged periods of sunlight (such as varieties of coloured quartz). Burying your stones will keep the sun from fading their colour.
Crystals come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but any healing crystal will be beneficial to plant life. Some gardeners suggest looking for colours and shapes that remind you of the elements.
Depending on the state of your plant’s health, larger crystals prove to be more helpful as they emit more energy. Otherwise, scale the crystal to the size of your plant. Geodes, pyramids, cubes and spheres are great for drawing, balancing and emitting energies.
Raw formations may appear more natural in the garden, they look great at the base of larger plants or arranged into patterns. Tumbled, or polished, stones work well for grids and smaller potted plants. Tiny crystal chips look lovely in cacti and succulent pots.
Needless to say, whatever the form, crystals will enhance the beauty of your garden. Trust your intuition to guide you to the crystals your plants need.
These twenty-five crystals are known for keeping your plants healthy and strong.
Amazonite is a fascinating crystalline stone that ranges in colour from turquoise to a gorgeous pale jade-green. They are barrier crystals, which means their energy is focused on keeping undesirable conditions at bay. They are fantastic crystals for plants as they help block electromagnetic and geopathic stress. Amazonite is also a useful healing stone for strengthening and supporting the cell regeneration of your struggling plants. To promote balance and harmony, place them in disturbed parts of the garden, add to potted plants, or make amazonite-infused water and food.
Amazonite is used to treat trauma or anything that drains your plants energy.
Amethyst, regarded as one of the master healing stones, is a versatile crystal for plants. They range in colour from deep purple to pale lavender, occasionally with flashes of white. They are well known for their calming, tranquil energy and can help you connect with your plants while fostering strength and stability. Amethyst also offers protection against technological pollution and geopathic stress. To experience the advantages of amethyst, put them in the soil of indoor or outdoor plants in pots, or use them to form a crystal grid around your space.
The presence of manganese in clear quartz produces amethyst. While the amount of iron content varies the intensity of the purple.
Apophyllite, a purifying crystal, is a useful stone for promoting happiness, peace, and wellness. This rare crystal can be used to encourage a healthy and loving environment when placed in between potted plants. Green apophyllite is a particularly powerful crystal for plants. They energise your plants and their blooms, promoting growth and vitality. Apophyllite is excellent for attracting good energy, uplifting vibrations, and balancing masculine and feminine energies while increasing your connection to nature.
Apophyllite’s layers of iridescent prisms give them a spectacular appearance.
This luminous crystal is strongly associated with water. Aquamarine is a great crystal for plants that are situated near water (this includes aquarium plants as well). It is a type of beryl that ranges in colour from blue, blue-green to light-green. They will encourage the soil to hold water, minimising the effects of drought while also protecting against pollutants. Use aquamarine in an elixir, or place pieces near your plants, or set on the soil.
Aquamarine radiates a gentle, compassionate energy.
5. Aragonite Star Cluster “Sputnik”
Aragonite is a great crystal for plants as it is considered a powerful earth healer. They have a very calming, grounding energy that offers strength and support. They have a reputation for promoting conservation and recycling, releasing ley line energy blockages, and healing the effects of geopathic stress. Their intriguing appearance makes them a stunning addition to any setting. Use aragonite in an elixir, or place pieces near your plants.
Aragonite star clusters are formed from multiple crystals that come together on a central matrix.
Aventurine is considered to boost motivation and absorb negative energy. Green aventurine crystals are fantastic for newly transplanted plants or cuttings that require assistance establishing their roots. They bring harmony to your garden or home and are said to guard against geopathic stress. Green Aventurine comes in various hues of light and dark green.
Aventurine has a metallic iridescence due to the haematite and mica particles they contain.
Calcite is a popular stone for the garden. It is an uplifting crystal for plants, and all other forms of life, providing nourishment and energy when needed. They remove stagnant energy and create a serene environment. Green calcite encourages abundant yields and minimises the impact of disease-causing organisms.
Calcite is ideal for creating a strong connection with nature.
Chrysocolla carries a peaceful energy, providing a stable environment to help plants grow happily. They have a stunning greenish-blue to deep blue colour often with inclusions of turquoise, malachite and azurite. Thought to be the stone of prosperity and luck, chrysocolla’s tranquil and sustaining energy draws off lower energies, uplifting your plants.
Chrysocolla balances water and earth elements.
Sometimes called the stone of happiness, citrine encourages blissful, prosperous plants. Place citrine near your plants to help revitalise them. Citrine has highly protective energy that also cleanses and energises your garden or potted houseplants.
Citrine is a form of amethyst that has been heated by the earth turning the crystal shades of yellow, orange, and golden brown.
10. Clear Quartz
Clear quartz holds a high vibrational energy. This versatile crystal for plants is known as a master healer. If you’re new to dealing with crystals, they are one of the best stones to start with because they are useful for everything! It has cleansing, energising, and therapeutic properties. To promote development and revitalise your plants, bury chunks of clear quartz in the soil near your plants’ roots, place them atop the soil, or create quartz-infused water for your plants.
Clear quartz is referred to as an amplifying crystal since it has the ability to boost the energies of other crystals.
Fluorite is available in a variety of stunning, translucent hues, including purple, blue, green, bright yellow, and white. Green fluorite is a nurturing stone that is exceptionally well-suited to help your plants absorb essential nutrients so that their systems may operate at their highest potential. It is a crystal of vitality and abundance.
Fluorite carries a calm, stable energy that is said to attract butterflies to the garden.
The ancient Egyptians considered malachite the stone of rebirth and fertility. It promotes development, transformation, and abundance. By creating a positive environment, malachite can assist your plants through the cycle of growth and decay. They are also protective crystals for plants as they reduce the effects of electromagnetic radiation, allowing your garden to thrive. Place malachite near your plants as they will deteriorate if exposed to water.
Malachite has particularly stunning banded veins in different shades of green.
Moonstones have traditionally been regarded as signs of fertility and enduring life. As their name suggests, they are strongly associated with the moon. They are said to hold lunar energy, making them the ideal companion crystals for plants in your moon garden. These gorgeous crystals can be opalescent or opaque. They have a restorative, nurturing quality that encourages rest to promote health. Place moonstone in your plants to support recovery from wilting and stimulate the growth of inactive plants.
Moonstone comes in three varieties: transparent, translucent, and opaque.
14. Moss Agate
Often referred to as “the gardener’s stone”, moss agate is one of the most powerful healing crystals for plants as it increases growth and vitality, promotes balance and abundance, and is thought to reduce sensitivity to weather. Moss Agate will strengthen your connection to the earth. They are a beautiful green colour with fine moss-like patterns throughout the surface. They are said to be particularly beneficial in drought-ridden areas. Place this optimistic stone in the soil to improve plant health and encourage healthy plant tissue, or water with moss agate elixir.
Moss agate is said to promote serenity and emotional balance.
Obsidian is regarded as having a strong protective energy despite not being a true crystal. This gorgeous volcanic glass is found all over the world, the most common shade being black. Obsidian shatters into pieces with pointed, curving edges. They can help to keep your plants healthy by absorbing negative energy and encouraging deep root growth due to its grounding properties. This gorgeous guardian stone will help your plants thrive to their fullest.
Obsidian is a type of natural glass formed when lava cools rapidly.
16. Petrified Wood
Petrified wood (fossilised wood) is a transformation stone; it will assist in ushering in new growth and change in your garden. It can help you understand what your plants need by strengthening your intuition, while supporting regeneration of damaged areas of the earth. Petrified wood’s grounding and protective properties can restore vibrancy in your garden.
Petrified wood is made up of almost solid quartz. The colours are produced by impurities in the quartz, such as iron, carbon, and manganese.
Pyrite, also known as fool’s gold, is bursting with energetic vibes improving physical stamina and clarity, allowing you to focus on what’s most important in your garden. Pyrite is also a crystal of protection, providing an energetic shield that protects your plants from negative forces. Pyrite unblocks stagnant energy providing a perfect environment for your plants.
Pyrite, which is strongly associated with the sun, crystallises into eye-catching cubic masses.
18. Rose Quartz
Rose quartz, sometimes referred to as the stone of healers, is well known for encouraging unconditional love, trust, and harmony. They are among the greatest crystals for plants that are struggling, and can do wonders in uplifting your garden and home. Rose quartz holds a restful, cooling energy that will restore calmness and balance. Their soft milky pink hue varies in intensity. Place or bury rose quartz in the soil to aid regeneration, or make rose quartz water to infuse your edible plants with a loving essence.
Rose quartz is created by the inclusion of manganese, and sometimes titanium, in the quartz rock.
Selenite crystals vibrate at a very high frequency making them powerful healing crystals for plants. Use selenite to cleanse and recharge your plants, your crystals, and yourself at a cellular level. Selenite is good for protecting plants from negative energies and helping them energetically protect themselves after pest issues. Selenite will deteriorate if exposed to water regularly, to preserve them, set them next to your plants rather than in the soil.
It is said that selenite’s translucent, multidimensional crystallised form contains a record of everything that has ever happened on Earth.
Shungite is a cross between a mineral and a crystal. This is a great purification crystal for plants and has been utilised for generations to filter water and harmful energies. Shungite is most well-known for its ability to block EMFs. Use shungite whenever you suspect your plants are being negatively affected by outside forces or electromagnetic radiation. It can assist in filtering out pollutants and maintaining the purity of your electromagnetic field.
There are various types of shungite. Their appearance differs due to the amount of carbon they contain. Some types appear matte, similar to coal, while other types, such as elite shungite, have more of a metallic surface that reflects light.
21. Smoky Quartz
Smoky quartz is a restorative crystal for plants. This gentle stone will draw out negative energies and fill the space with the grounding energy when placed in troubled areas of your garden. Smoky quartz absorbs damaging radiation and deflects EMFs. These crystals can be found in shades of light grey or brown to dark brown or black. Place smoky quartz in the soil or nearby your plants to increase their chances of survival.
The colour of smoky quartz is created by aluminium impurities within the quartz rock. The colour is activated by natural radiation emitted from the surrounding rock.
As a universal healer, sodalite’s calming energies can help sick plants bounce back to health. When placed in the soil, they promote the growth of strong root systems. They also encourage a balanced, harmonious environment. Sodalite is an attractive deep blue stone often with flashes of white calcite.
Sodalite can also improve your intuition allowing you to have a better understanding of what your plants need.
23. Tigers Eye
Tigers eye is a beautiful honey-coloured crystal with golden-brown or black bands. Their soothing vibration brings balance and harmony into the space, while grounding the surrounding energy. Place tigers eye at the bottom of potted plants, around the base of your struggling plants to foster root growth and strength.
Tiger’s Eye is a stone of protection. This gemstone was traditionally worn as an amulet to ward off evil.
24. Tree Agate
Tree agate, named for the green branch-like veins on their surface, promotes stability and abundance in your garden. They are ideal crystals for plants as they carry strong earth energy. Use tree agates in or atop the soil to boost plant health, promote lush foliage, encourage seed germination, and strengthen root growth. When used in a grid formation, they offer a shield of protection over your garden or home.
The distinct inclusions in moss agate are caused by manganese and iron oxides that find their way into cracks of white quartz as it forms.
Tourmaline crystals are known to transmute and purify negative energy into a higher frequency. Black tourmaline, sometimes called shorl, is a highly beneficial crystal for plants because of its highly protective and grounding energy. Green tourmaline is also especially useful in helping plants flourish. They enhance the flow of energy between the earth and your plants. Tourmaline is usually used to create a protective border around your home or garden, repelling negative energies. They can also be buried in the soil to encourage root growth, and improve overall health of your plant.
Tourmaline is often found within clusters of quartz. Quartz amplifies the protective properties of tourmaline.
Try different crystal-plant combinations until you find ones that work for you. Take the time to learn about each crystal so you can pick the ones that will benefit your garden the most.
While the healing effects of crystals may not be immediately obvious, preserve! They are busy working their metaphysical magic nurturing your plants into healthy, happy beings.
Jen is a master gardener, interior designer and home improvement expert. She has completed many home improvement, decor and remodeling projects with her family over the past 10 years on their 4,500 sf Victorian house. She is also a passionate farmer who keeps goats, chickens, turkeys cows and pigs on her farm, and an instructor for her community’s Organic and Sustainable Farming project.