Facts About the Lucky Bamboo Plant
Lucky Bamboo is a plant that is well-known for bringing good luck and is one of the essential elements of Feng Shui. Lucky Bamboo is very easy to grow and adds to enhance the décor of your home.
The botanical name of Lucky Bamboo is Dracena sanderiana. The Lucky Bamboo is named after a renowned German–English gardener Henry Frederick Conrad Sander.
The Lucky Bamboo plant is also known as Curly Bamboo, Chinese Water Bamboo, Friendship Bamboo, Goddess of Mercy Plant and Ribbon plant.
Description of Lucky Bamboo Plant
The Lucky Bamboo is not a Bamboo plant at all. It belongs to the same family as the Lily plants. It is native to the tropical rain forests of Africa and parts of South East Asia.
The Lucky Bamboo house plant can grow to about 2 to 3 feet in height. It cannot survive under direct sunlight and can grow in soil or water.
How to Care for Lucky Bamboo Plant
The Lucky Bamboo plant grows well in a vase filled with pebbles with just an inch of water above the pebbles. You can add a drop of liquid fertilizer once a week to encourage growth. It can also grow in well aerated potted soil.
The Lucky Bamboo needs clean water. The water should not contain chlorine or fluoride in it because these chemicals affect the color of the leaves and make them turn yellow or brown in color. The water should be changed once in every two weeks.
Lucky Bamboo in Chinese Culture
The Lucky Bamboo plays a significant role in Feng Shui in Chinese culture. It is supposed to bring positive energy into your home or office or into the surroundings wherever the Lucky Bamboo is placed.
People select Lucky Bamboo plants as gifts to give near and dear ones. Receiving this plant as a gift is supposed to bring good luck.
In Chinese, the Lucky Bamboo is known as Fu Gwey Zhu –
- Fu - luck and fortune
- Gwey - power and honor
- Zhu - Bamboo
According to Feng Shui the positive effect of the Lucky Bamboo plant differs with the number of Lucky Bamboo stalks that are bound together.
Here is a list of Bamboo Stalks explained -
Lucky Log resembles a log with no roots. The Lucky Log is supposed to bring prosperity and longevity. It is one of the most sought after gifts for newly starting companies or business endeavors.
Two Bamboo Stalks
Two Bamboo Stalks are supposed to bring in abundance of love and double the luck factor. People gift this to express their love and affection.
Three Bamboo Stalks
Three Bamboo stalks is very popular as a gift. The combination of three stalks is supposed to bring in happiness, long life and career promotions
Four Bamboo Stalks
Four Bamboo Stalks represents bad luck.
Five Bamboo Stalks
Five Bamboo Stalks attracts positive healthy energy in five areas of life such as emotional, intuitive, mental, physical and spiritual.
Six Bamboo Stalks
Six Bamboo Stalks is supposed to bring in opportunities to increase your wealth.
Seven Bamboo Stalks
Seven Bamboo Stalks is supposed to bring in positive energy to endow a person with good overall health.
Eight Bamboo Stalks
Eight Bamboo Stalks is supposed to bring in positive energy to increase fertility.
Nine Bamboo Stalks
Nine Bamboo Stalks bestows great luck to the receiver.
Ten Bamboo Stalks
Ten Bamboo Stalks denotes all things good in life. Gifting Ten Bamboo Stalks shows that you want the person to have a perfect happy life.
Curly Lucky Bamboos
Curly Lucky Bamboos are very expensive because they are difficult to grow.
Lucky Bamboos are curled by controlling the light that the Lucky Bamboo receives. Curling Lucky Bamboo plants takes a long time and needs expertise.
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