If you’re serious about getting into the floral side of Chinese New Year, then you better go in prepared. This year, Chinese New Year is on Friday 16th February and celebrations last for 7 days. If you are throwing a Chinese New Year party, or simply celebrating at home with family, don’t forget the flowers! I know what you’re thinking… flowers for Chinese New Year? Well, yes. Flowers are actually very popular Chinese New Year decorations!

Firstly, let’s talk colour.

Chinese New Year Colors:

Red – an emblem of joy, and this color also symbolizes virtue, truth and sincerity. It is thought to scare away evil spirits and bad fortune.

According to tales and legends, the beginning of Chinese New Year started with the fight against a mythical beast called the Nian. Nian would come on the first day of New Year to devour livestock, crops, and even villagers, especially children. One year, people noticed that the Nian was scared away by a little child wearing red. The villagers then understood that the Nian was afraid of the color red. Hence, every time when the Chinese New Year rolled around, the villagers would hang red lanterns and red spring scrolls on windows and doors.

Gold – gold is another favorite color of the Chinese New Year. Gold symbolizes fortune and prosperity, perfect symbols for a new year.

Now, for the flowers.

Guide to Chinese New Year flowers and fruits



Fertility, abundance, refinement, luxury and innocence are what these flowers bring – ideal for that special someone. There’s a vast variety of orchids out there, so don’t get burned by believing that you need all the varieties for the magic to work. They’re all good. Just get one, stick it in a pot and boom, luxury awaits.

From Phalaenopsis, Vanda, Cymbidium, Dendrobium orchids, there is formidable choice for you to look at and find the perfect orchid for you. To find, click here.



Given that these beautiful flower are associated with feminine beauty, innocence, affection, and charm, it’s only logical that they be gifted to a lovely lady this Lunar New Year. Peonies are good for wooing, but you’re probably going to be bored of that so soon after Valentine’s. However, if your big V-Day celebration fell flat, follow up with some of these. If you’re looking for peonies to add to your decor, you are in luck! They are now available at the flower markets, sourced from Chile or Israel. Find here.

Mandarin Oranges

These are everywhere at this time of year, and for good reason. Oranges look somewhat like the sun and are aligned with the yang (positive) principle, therefore they’re a well of abundance and happiness.

Peach Blossoms

Customarily placed in an expensive vase to reflect their lofty status in Hong Kong, these flowers represent romance, prosperity and growth. Find here.


Pussy Willow

Another flower that is meant to symbolise growth and the coming of prosperity. A word of warning, though. You should only interested in the buds of the plant – the rest is about as magical as the twigs people on eBay pretend are potent wands. Find here.



Good fortune and prosperity are the name of the game. Narcissi are one of the most auspicious flowers around and they smell like an absolute dream. Therefore, we suggest you fill your house full of them and then hit Happy Valley Racecourse. Surely a no-fail plan.
For a huge range of Narcissus (glass house grown) from Holland or English Spikes, visit the website here.

Thank you for reading out article on Floral Symbolism at Chinese New Year. If you would like to view any of the products on the list, click here. To order flowers, greenery or accessories for Chinese New Year, you can place the order between today, Friday 9th February through to Tuesday 13th February up until 11pm. For more information, contact us on 01394 385 832. 

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