Lucky Bamboo is a really popular indoor plant for the home, dorm, or office. The name is a little bit deceiving as it is actually not a bamboo, but rather in the Lily family with the scientific name Dracaena Sanderiana. According to Feng Shui, the Lucky Bamboo can create Positive Chi in your home and office.
The Lucky Bamboo is very easy to grow and take care of. The following should always be remembered:
- The plant should not receive direct sunlight.
- The plant should be in 2 - 3 inches of water that should be changed weekly to prevent the plant from rotting. Use rocks to hold the stalk upright.
- The use of fertilizer is not necessary but can encourage and keep the plant strong.
- For optimal growth, keep the Lucky Bamboo between 60-70F.
The Lucky Bamboo usually does not require too much care. One common problem is yellow leaves. This problem is caused either by too much direct sunlight or the use of tap water with too much fluorine. To overcome this, do not place the plant directly in front of the window and try using filtered or bottled water.
Lucky Bamboo is often mentioned in the Eastern practice of Feng Shui, which deals with the balance between natural elements: water, fire, earth, wood, and metal.
Lucky Bamboo symbolizes wood and water and, often, a red ribbon
holding the stalks together symbolizes fire. The combination of
these three elements creates a positive flow of energy known as Chi.
Luck in the Numbers
According to Feng Shui, different arrangements of Lucky Bamboo will have different meanings:
- 2 Stalks will signify Love
- 3 or 6 Stalks will attract Happiness
- 5 or 7 Stalks will bring Good Health
- 8 Stalks will lead to Growth and Wealth
- 9 Stalks will lead to General Good Fortune
- 10 Stalks will bring Perfection
- 21 Stalks will bring Powerful Blessings
4 Stalks are always avoided because the Chinese Four sounds similar to the Chinese word for Death.
Curling Lucky Bamboo will take a lot of patience due to the amount of time required. The trick to curling is that Lucky Bamboo will grow towards light.
- The easiest way is to put the plant near a window and turn it a little bit every week or so.
- For more control, try putting the Lucky Bamboo and vase in a box with a hole in it. Let the hole be the only source of light. Rotate the box a little bit once a week.
It usually takes a long time to curl Lucky Bamboo which is why
the curly ones are so much more expensive.
Lucky Bamboo Propagation
Cutting Lucky Bamboo should be done with care since it can cause it to die. One method is to cut below the node using a knife and then let the stem grow out its roots. It usually takes a few weeks before the roots will appear.