Apparently Saint Joseph (San Jose in Spanish and San Giuseppe in Italian) is the Patron Saint of real estate matters and home sales (among other things).
The superstition involves burying (planting) a statue of Saint Joseph upside down in the yard while your house is for sale. This will then ensure a quick and profitable sale. The custom originated in the US and goes way back (according to urban legends) to the 1970s (wasn't there a big housing market crash back then too?).
When you plant the St. Joseph upside down in your yard (or in a house plant if you have no yard) it will not grow, or flower or produce fruit - in fact you need not even water it. The only requirement is that when your home sells, you must dig it up and move it to your new home...where it must be honored for the good fortune it brought you.
I am curious if any of you gardeners have had success with planting a St. Joseph?
My friend is swearing by it -- they sold their house in 3 weeks at full asking price.
Apparently renters and first time home buyers need not despair -- there is a functional opposite to Saint Joseph, Our Lady of Loreto addresses situations in which one wants to buy or rent a house -- but I am not sure what direction you have plant her...
(Image: Eco Joe Kits)