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Care, Growth, and Meaning of Lucky Bamboo

A graduate in botany, Nithya Venkat enjoys writing about plants that help sustain life on planet Earth.

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The Lucky Bamboo

Lucky bamboo is an indoor plant that is attractive, popular, and easy to care for. It's also considered to be an auspicious plant that brings good luck according to the principles of feng shui and vastu shastra.

The botanical name of lucky bamboo is Dracena sanderiana. The plant is named after a renowned German-English gardener, Henry Frederick Conrad Sander.

Lucky bamboo has many common names, including curly bamboo, Chinese water bamboo, friendship bamboo, Goddess of Mercy plant, Belgian evergreen, and ribbon plant.

Fascinatingly, lucky bamboo is not actually a bamboo plant at all. It belongs to the same family as the lily, and it is native to the tropical rainforests of Africa and parts of Southeast Asia.

How to Care for Your Plant

Lucky bamboo is a great indoor plant that is very easy to grow. Not only does it do well in soil, but it does well in plain water, as well. Properly cared for, it can grow to about 2 to 3 feet in height.

How to Grow in Water

  • Fill the bottom of a container with pebbles and add enough water to rise to a couple of inches above the pebbles. The roots of the plant should be submerged.
  • Change the water every one to two weeks in order to prevent rotting. The water should always look clear and smell fresh.

How to Grow in Soil

  • Use well-aerated potting soil with good drainage.
  • Water so that the soil is kept moist but not waterlogged.

Do's & Don'ts:

  • Container size: Choose a container that allows for at least one inch of space all the way around the plant so that the roots have room to spread.
  • Light: Place the plant in bright but indirect light. This plant cannot survive under direct sunlight; it will burn. You may need to periodically rotate the plant so that all sides receive equal light.
  • Temperature: Keep the plant within a temperature range of 65℉ and 90℉. Do not place the plant near a heating or cooling vent.
  • Water: Use water that does not contain chlorine or fluoride. These chemicals can affect the color of the leaves and make them turn yellow or brown. Distilled or purified water is best.
  • Fertilizer: You can occasionally add a drop of liquid fertilizer to encourage growth. For best results, use a fertilizer that is specifically formulated for lucky bamboo—but be careful not to over-fertilize.
  • Trimming: Remove dead or yellow leaves.

Is It Toxic?

It is not toxic is humans, but according to Pet Poison Helpline, it can be toxic to dogs and cats if it is ingested.

How to Propagate Your Plant

To propagate, follow these simple steps:

  1. Remove the bamboo stalks from the original container. The roots will look like a tangled-up ball, but you should be able to very gently tease them apart so that each stalk is separated, with its roots largely intact.
  2. Choose a healthy, dark green stalk with a new offshoot growing from the top. Look for a stalk that has at least two nodes (horizontal section dividers), and look for an offshoot that is at least 4 to 6 inches tall.
  3. Cut the offshoot at its base, where it springs out of the parent stalk.
  4. Remove the bottom set of leaves from the offshoot. The bottom part of the offshoot will be sitting in water, and you don't want the leaves to rot.
  5. Place the new cutting in a container with water (distilled or purified water is best). If you have more than one cutting from the original plant, you can place all of them together in the same container.
  6. Follow the care guidelines outlined above regarding light, water, and fertilizer. New roots will begin to grow from the cuttings, a process that should take around 30 days to complete.

Curly Lucky Bamboo

This plant can be curled by controlling the light that it receives. The process takes a long time and requires expertise. The technique involves exposing only one side of each stalk to light so that it starts to grow in that direction, and then periodically rotating the stalks. The process can take up to a year or more to complete.

Diseases That Can Affect Your Plant

Lucky bamboo is a relatively low-maintenance and hearty plant, but there are several diseases that can potentially affect it. For each of the following afflictions, I have described the appearance, possible causes, and proper course of treatment.

Brown Spots

  • Appearance: Brown spots on leaves.
  • Causes: There are several potential causes of brown spots:
  1. Too much fluoride or chlorine content in the water.
  2. Too much exposure to direct sunlight.
  3. Lack of proper nutrition.
  • Treatment: The treatment depends on the cause of the problem:
  1. Do not use tap water; instead, use distilled or purified water.
  2. Do not place the plant in direct sunlight. It should be placed in a spot where it receives bright but indirect sunlight.
  3. The proper nutrients will help the plant be resistant to disease.

Leaf Spot

  • Appearance: Small, dark spots with red margins on the leaves. As the disease progresses, the leaves decay and die.
  • Cause: Leaf spot fungus
  • Treatment: Fungicidal spray. Cut off the infected leaves to prevent the disease from spreading.

Oedema (Edema)

  • Appearance: Leaves develop small blisters on the surface that turn into hard, brown bumps. As the disease progresses, the leaves become yellow and droopy.
  • Cause: Over-watering, which causes the roots to swell.
  • Treatment: Reduce the amount of watering.

Powdery Mildew

  • Appearance: Leaves have a powdery white coat. As the disease develops, the leaves turn yellow and die.
  • Cause: Fungal spores. When the spores land on the leaves, they cause an infection that manifests as a powdery white coat. This then prevents sunlight from reaching the surface of the leaves, causing the leaves to turn yellow and die.
  • Treatment: Fungicidal sprays. Severely infected foliage must be removed from the plant.

Sooty Mold

  • Appearance: Black spots on the leaves and stalks.
  • Cause: Small insects such as aphids, mealybugs, and scale excrete a sticky substance called honeydew, which attracts the sooty mold fungus.
  • Treatment: Applying insecticidal soap or oil to the affected regions of the plant will treat the mold and prevent it from spreading.
Lucky bamboo is considered to be auspicious within the Chinese system of feng shui.

Lucky bamboo is considered to be auspicious within the Chinese system of feng shui.

Lucky Bamboo in Chinese Culture

Lucky bamboo plays a significant role in the Chinese system of feng shui. Feng shui is a belief system that is concerned with how to harness energy to bring people into harmony with the environment.

According to feng shui, lucky bamboo is an auspicious plant that will bring positive energy into the home, office, or whatever environment in which it is placed.

The Chinese name for this plant is fu gui zhu. "Fu" means luck and fortune, "gui" means power and honor, and "zhu" means bamboo.

The Chinese name for lucky bamboo is fu gui zhu.

Fu = luck and fortune

Gui = power and honor

Zhu = bamboo

Lucky Bamboo and the Five Feng Shui Elements

To harness the full power of feng shui, an arrangement of lucky bamboo should represent all five elements.

  • Earth: Pebbles or rocks (or soil, if the plant is being grown in soil)
  • Water: Water to sustain the plant
  • Wood: The stalk of the plant represents the wood
  • Fire: A red tie or ribbon wrapped around the stalks represents fire
  • Metal: A glass container (glass is classified as a metal in the feng shui system). If a different type of container is used, a metal coin can be dropped inside.

Placement of Lucky Bamboo

It is believed that when this plant is placed in the east, all family members will be bestowed with good health.

Placing the plant in the southeast is supposed to attract wealth and prosperity.

Giving and Receiving This Plant

In Chinese culture, this plant is a very popular gift for relatives, friends, teachers, and colleagues. It is given for a wide range of occasions—from birthdays, weddings, and anniversaries to job promotions, academic achievements, awards, and any other auspicious occasion. This gift is thought to bring good luck not only to the receiver, but to the giver, as well.

You might wonder if it is permissible to buy this plant for yourself, or if somehow the luck is transmitted only if it is given as a gift. The answer is no—even if you buy the plant for yourself, the luck will still be conveyed.

Number of Stalks Confers Different Blessings

According to the principles of feng shui, the positive energy of the plant differs depending on the number of stalks that are bound together. Here is a chart that decodes the meaning of each number.

Lucky Bamboo and Feng Shui Meaning

Number of StalksMeaning

1

Known as the "lucky log" because it resembles a log with no roots, a single stalk brings prosperity and longevity. A sought-after gift for new companies and business endeavors.

2

Brings an abundance of love as well as double luck. This gift expresses love and affection.

3

Brings happiness, long life, and career promotions. A very popular gift.

4

Represents bad luck. Never given as a gift.

5

Attracts positive energy in the five areas of life: emotional, intuitive, mental, physical, and spiritual.

6

Brings opportunities to increase wealth.

7

Brings positive energy for overall health.

8

Represents growth and thriving. Also thought to increase fertility.

9

Bestows great luck to the receiver.

10

Represents a wish for a life of perfection, happiness, and completeness.

21

A powerful blessing for great wealth and strong health.

Lucky Bamboo and Vastu Shastra

Vastu shastra is an ancient Hindu system that seeks to integrate architecture with nature. In Sanskrit, "vastu" translates to dwelling or house, and "shastra" translates to teaching or doctrine. Taken together, the phrase refers to the science or study of architecture and design.

Just as lucky bamboo is considered to be auspicious in terms of feng shui, this plant is also considered to have special positive energy within vastu shastra. It is thought to bring good luck, promote harmony, and protect against negative energy.

Final Thoughts

Whether you choose lucky bamboo because of its significance in terms of feng shui or vastu shastra, or whether you choose it simply because it's beautiful and easy to care for, you really can't go wrong with this lovely plant. I hope you've learned something about how to take care of lucky bamboo, how to treat various problems that can arise, and how to understand its symbolic value in Chinese and Indian traditions.

Further Reading

"Caring for Lucky Bamboo." Nature & Garden.com.

"How to Remove Algae From Lucky Bamboo Stones." Dengarden.com.

"Vastu for home interiors: 10+ best indoor plants for a positive household." Architecture & Design India. April 30, 2018.

"Lucky Plants & Bonsai: Good Feng Shui for Home and Work." Dengarden.com.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

Question: Can I buy the Lucky Bamboo plant on our own, or should it be gifted?

Answer: You can buy the Lucky Bamboo plant, it brings good luck, even if it is not gifted.

Question: My Lucky Bamboo leaves are yellow. Can I trim them down and start anew?

Answer: When the leaves of the Lucky Bamboo plant turns yellow, trim the yellow leaves, as it will encourage new leaves to grow.

Question: Some of my bamboo has turned bad, meaning that the layers of bamboo have reduced. how does this affect my Feng Shui?

Answer: Rotting of the Lucky Bamboo does not alter anything.

Question: What type of liquid fertilizers can be added to a Lucky Bamboo Plant?

Answer: Use liquid fertilizers made specifically for Lucky Bamboo plants. Remember not to add too much fertilizer.

Question: Why was the Lucky Bamboo plant named that?

Answer: According to Feng Shui, the Lucky Bamboo plant attracts positive energy that is supposed to bring good health, peace, happiness, prosperity, longevity and good luck into the home that has this plant.

Question: Are there any adverse effects to having a Lucky Bamboo?

Answer: No, there are no adverse effects to owning a Lucky Bamboo.

Question: Originally I had a bamboo plant with 3 stalks. But I see that 1 of them has stopped growing completely. Turned into a wooden stick as compared to the other 2 green ones. Is it bad luck to keep it? Should I remove it and turn it into a 2 stalked bamboo? Or leave it alone? Also, any tips to revive the plant in general? I think it was exposed to sunlight and hence burnt a bit. But now in the process of getting revived.

Answer: Remove the one that has stopped growing. Place the plant away from the direct heat of the sun, do not place the plant directly in the path of an air conditioning vent.

Question: What kind of water should I use for my Lucky Bamboo?

Answer: Use water that does not have chemicals in it. Fill a container with tap water and leave it uncovered overnight. The chemicals in the water will evaporate. You can then use this water for your Lucky Bamboo. You can also use distilled water.

Question: How should I choose lucky bamboo?

Answer: Buy 3 layers if you do not get stalks. Three is considered lucky in Feng Shui.

Question: If my lucky bamboo dies, will I now have bad luck?

Answer: No, you will not have bad luck if your lucky bamboo plant dies.

Question: Are 18 sticks of a bamboo plant a good sign?

Answer: Yes, 18 stalks of Lucky Bamboo are supposed to bring prosperity.

Question: Does Lucky Bamboo bloom?

Answer: Lucky Bamboo blooms in the summer in its natural surroundings. It blooms for several years after maturing.

Question: Should I put the bamboo plant in a bigger pot of it gets really big?

Answer: Yes, transfer the Lucky Bamboo plant to a bigger pot if it grows too big. Select pots that have drainage holes in them to prevent the roots from getting waterlogged.

Question: What do I do with my lucky bamboo that has 4 stalks?

Answer: Get a lucky bamboo with stalks more than 4 or less than 4.

Question: What is the difference between spiral bamboo and lucky bamboo?

Answer: Curly bamboo is just the lucky bamboo plant that is curled by exposing one part of the plant to sunlight so that it grows in that direction and then periodically rotating the plant. When you rotate the lucky bamboo plant the stalks grows into spirals.

Question: Can lucky bamboo be used to make bamboo straws?

Answer: The name of the bamboo that is used to make straws is Buluh Bamboo. It is a fast-growing variety that matures in two years.

Question: Can I keep three Bamboo plants in my home?

Answer: Yes, you can keep three Bamboo plants in your home.

Question: Bamboo comes in two colors: dark and light green. Which should I buy?

Answer: Both colors are good to buy.

Question: I have 18 stalk bamboo plant. Can I keep the plant in my home?

Answer: Yes, you can keep it in your home.

Question: Can the lucky bamboo plant grow in water or is soil necessary? Can water gel balls be placed in the container along with water?

Answer: Lucky bamboo plants can grow in water with a few pebbles placed in the container to hold the stalks in place. Gel beads can be used for lucky bamboo plants.

Question: Can we keep two lucky bamboo plants with different number of stalks in the office. Say 6 stalks and 21 stalks in separate pots?

Answer: Yes you can keep two lucky bamboo plants with different numbers of stalks.

Question: What fertilizer should be used for the lucky bamboo plant when it turns yellow?

Answer: When the leaves turn yellow, remove the yellow leaves from the plant immediately.

Use a liquid plant fertilizer once in every three weeks.

Question: Is it good or bad if lucky bamboo begins flowering?

Answer: The flowering of the lucky bamboo is good.

Question: Why are the leaves on my plant turning yellow? It is starting with the bottom leaves and all stalks are equally affected.

Answer: The leaves may turn yellow if you are using tap water or because of exposure to too much sunlight.

Question: Is it true that you can't keep the lucky bamboo in the bedroom?

Answer: The energy given off by the plant will prevent you from having a proper rest so it is best not to keep the lucky bamboo plant in your bedroom.

Question: Does lucky bamboo produce oxygen?

Answer: Yes, all plants produce oxygen during photosynthesis.

Question: My lucky bamboo is tall and skinny. How do I get the stalk to become thicker?

Answer: Try adding nitrogen fertilizer and trim off yellow leaves. If you are growing the lucky bamboo plant in water try changing water.

Question: Why are the stalks of lucky bamboo plant yellow but leaves are green?

Answer: The stalks can turn yellow if the plant receives too much sunlight, too much fertilizer, or any external injury.

Question: Does lucky bamboo attract mosquitoes due to the stagnant water?

Answer: Yes, lucky bamboo can attract mosquitoes. Change the water to prevent mosquitoes from breeding and keep the container clean. If you see any mosquito breeding change the water immediately.

Question: Is it okay if I put the lucky bamboo in my bedroom?

Answer: Do not place the lucky bamboo in your bedroom.

© 2014 Nithya Venkat

Comments

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on November 28, 2019:

Thank you Lora, I am glad you liked this article. It is easy to maintain a lucky bamboo plant, wishing you lots of good luck.

Lora Hollings on November 28, 2019:

This is a fascinating article, Nithya, about Lucky Bamboo. I will definitely have to try to grow this plant not only because it is attractive and easy to care for but it brings good luck too! I learned much from reading your excellent article. Never would have guessed that it belonged to the same family as the lily. Thanks for sharing.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on November 28, 2019:

Thank you Lilcha.

Lilcha on November 25, 2019:

This article is cool beans

Jul on November 13, 2019:

I’ve been searching everywhere as to why my bamboo leaves where during and why it has little bumps. This is the article I was looking, for it has Oedema. Glad I found out; maybe it’s not to late to save.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on October 19, 2019:

Thank you Sharon, am happy that you got to know more about the lucky bamboo.

Sharon Lopez from Philippines on October 19, 2019:

I know about this lucky bamboo plant and I can see this plant being displayed in malls and other stores in our area. But I don't know much about the details until I read your article. I also learned about Feng shui. Thank you for sharing a comprehensive article about the lucky bamboo.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on July 24, 2019:

Hilary Hsieh thank you, it must be wonderful being surrounded by bamboo plants.

Hilary Hsieh from Georgia on July 23, 2019:

This is a wonderfully detailed article about bamboo. As I grew up in a Taiwanese family, I often saw these around my house throughout my life. I found it quite interesting when you discussed the bamboo's relationship with Hinduism.

Thank you for a wonderful post!

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on March 12, 2019:

Nell Rose yes this plant is amazing and has captured the hearts of many around the world.

Nell Rose from England on March 12, 2019:

How interesting! I love learning about new flowers and plants, and this one was amazing, I will look out for it.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on February 25, 2019:

Thank you Chitrangada for reading and commenting, much appreciated.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on February 25, 2019:

Extremely valuable information about the bamboo plants and their significance. I have read this earlier and your updated version is even more better.

Thanks for sharing well written article!

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on November 28, 2018:

Vic do transfer the lucky bamboo plant to soil since it originally came with a soil base, better not to shock the plant with a new growing environment.

Agniv Saha any number of lucky bamboo stalks other than 4 is good luck.

Sanjeev Sharma nothing bad can happen when another fresh new stalk grows.

Vic on October 19, 2018:

Hello my wife bought a bamboo for me with 5 stalks but only 3 of them grew others dry not the plant is tall the weird thing is I keep it on the dirt base and I put into a glass one with dirt fill the glass with water and still grew. My question is should I transfer it to either water or dirt or should I leave it like it is thank you

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on June 26, 2018:

Liz Stirlling you can trim the plant and transfer them to soil or water. Make sure the cut portion is healthy to replant.

When you cut the plant cut it just below the node so that new leaves can sprout from the node. Transfer the stalk to a jar with distilled water. After a few days you will see roots growing out at the base.

Now you can plant this in water or soil and let it grow.

Louise on June 10, 2018:

Hello I've just bought 2 of theses from Ikea something draw me towards them caint wait to get a pretty vase and put this in my window

Liz Stirlling on March 17, 2018:

I have 1 bamboo plant in it's original small pot, which has sent out two other shoots. The main stem is nearly as tall as I am 5'7", and am wondering whether I need to take top out of it, or put it into another pot. Can I take 'cuttings' off it so as I have more plants.?? Thanks

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on February 22, 2018:

Wishing you best of luck for great times in your new house. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

vika on February 14, 2018:

I brought 12 stalks of lucky bamboo and i kept them in my room

But i want to know which direction to be kept in.

Paola Bassanese from London on February 08, 2018:

I have bought six stalks of lucky bamboo, I need all the luck in the world because I’m moving house! Thank you for an informative article

Shree on January 06, 2018:

Thank you for the info i have two bamboo plants

Je on October 16, 2017:

I have lucky bamboo, it is in a spiral shape with 2 stalks!

Mary on August 22, 2017:

I found that very interesting & Love this plant. Thank you.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on February 03, 2017:

Frances Metcalfe glad you came to know about the Lucky Bamboo through this hub.

Frances Metcalfe from The Limousin, France on February 02, 2017:

A really interesting hub, I know nothing about Lucky Bamboo. Bamboo grows in our garden - we haven't planted it, it is creeping through from next door and will need to be tamed! Also thank you for following me.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on May 28, 2016:

Peggy W thank you for your visit and share.

Vinaya Ghimire thank you and am glad you got to know more about this plant.

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on May 25, 2016:

What a co-incident. Yesterday, I spotted lucky bamboo in a store. I had never seen or known the plant. And now I read this interesting article.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 25, 2016:

A friend gave us a pot of them with at least 10 stalks and they are curved in design. Nice to know more about them. Will share!

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on January 27, 2016:

ChitrangadaSharan thank you for your visit and comment.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on January 27, 2016:

Came back to read your wonderful hub once again. Many people keep lucky bamboo plants in their homes but they may not be aware about all the details about it. Your hub is very interesting and informative and it will benefit them.

Thank you for sharing!

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on August 24, 2015:

amazmerizing am glad you came to know why your plant was not thriving, thank you for stopping by.

amazmerizing from PACIFIC NORTHWEST, USA on August 23, 2015:

Interesting article... now I understand why mine has not been thriving... lol ;) thanks for sharing

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on March 20, 2015:

mary615 thank you for stopping by and thanks for the vote up and share.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on March 18, 2015:

I see these plants often and I keep saying I'm going to buy one, but I don't! Now I really want one. Thanks for the good info about them.

Voted UP and shared.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on November 07, 2014:

Charu Bhatnagar thank you for reading and leaving a comment. Thanks for the share too, much appreciated.

Charu Bhatnagar from India on November 07, 2014:

Thanks for making this Hub. Fantastic information, especially about how to care for Lucky Bamboos. Loved it and shared. :-)

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on November 06, 2014:

Dana Teresa thank you.

Dana Strang from Ohio on November 06, 2014:

very interesting and easy to understand. great info!

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on November 06, 2014:

vocalcoach am happy this plant brings a peaceful feeling. Thank you for the share. pin and tweet, much appreciated.

teaches12345 it is beautiful and easy to look after, thank you.

vibesites thank you for reading, they are great as gifts.

vibesites from United States on November 05, 2014:

I love those lucky bamboos! I often buy these for gifts. And they're easy to care for. :)

Dianna Mendez on November 05, 2014:

I find it fascinating that it was named after an English gardener. I have a small one of these plants in my kitchen and it is such a nice delicate green. It doesn't need much attention but it sure does bring much needed beauty to the room.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on November 05, 2014:

I just want to thank you Vellur. After reading this hub a few months ago, I purchased Lucky Bamboo for my bedroom which gets little light. It has done very well and adds beauty along with a peaceful feeling. I will share this hub with HP, friends and FB, Pinterest and Twitter. Audrey

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on October 13, 2014:

ocfireflies(Kim) thank you for reading. vote up and share. Am glad you enjoyed!

ocfireflies from North Carolina on October 12, 2014:

Really cool! Interesting. Will be weary of anyone giving me four-stalk bearing bamboo. V+ and Shared. Very Much Enjoyed.

Kim

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on October 08, 2014:

Gypsy Rose Lee thank you for reading and for the share.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on October 08, 2014:

Great hub. Lots of interesting information. Passing this on.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on September 02, 2014:

cat on a soapbox thank you for stopping by and am glad my hub was informative.

Catherine Tally from Los Angeles on September 01, 2014:

I am familiar with Lucky Bamboo but still learned so much from this informative hub about its care and symbolism. Thank you!

Cat :)

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on June 20, 2014:

thumbi great that it is growing well!

JR Krishna from India on June 20, 2014:

I have one plant. Planted them in soil. Growing well

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on May 27, 2014:

CrisSp thank you, great that you have these plants at home, wishing you more and more good luck!! Thank you for sharing too.

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on May 27, 2014:

This is awesome. I have these plants in the house just because I find them quite pretty and easy to maintain. And, although I know they are good luck plants, I never really know more than that until I read this hub.

Gotta go find myself the "Six Bamboo Stalks" or better yet ask someone to get it for me. :)

Good, useful and delightful hub. Passing it along.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on May 20, 2014:

suzettenaples thank you for stopping by, the vote and share, much appreciated.

mary615 thank you and am sure the plant will survive under your great care! Thank you for the vote up too.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on May 19, 2014:

Someone gave me a lucky bamboo for Christmas. It has six stalks. I hope I can keep it living: so far, so good.

Great info here in your Hub.

Voted UP, etc.

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on May 19, 2014:

This is fascinating! I have seen these bamboo arrangements before, but I didn't know anything about them. This is so interesting and informative and didn't know about the numbers of bamboo or luck behind them. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. Voted up+ and shared.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on May 17, 2014:

hlwar thank you, now you know the meaning!!

hlwar on May 17, 2014:

What a fascinating read! I have a two-stalk bamboo plant growing like crazy, it was a gift from a co-worker years ago, and now I know the meaning behind it. Thanks for a great Hub! (^_^)

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on May 16, 2014:

vocalcoach (Audrey) Lucky Bamboo will grow well in your room and does not need direct sunlight. Wishing you all the luck in this world!! Thank you.

suajaya venkatesh yes indeed. Thank you for stopping by.

travmaj thank you for reading and leaving a comment.

rebeccamealey they are Lucky Bamboo that is supposed to bring in good luck. Thank you for stopping by.

tobusiness growing house plants is awesome!! Thank you for stopping by.

fpherj48 thank you for reading and great that you are getting one for yourself, wishing you all the luck in this world! Thank you for your many votes.

Suzie from Carson City on May 16, 2014:

Nithya...I love this hub. I was not familiar with this bamboo and the purposes/luck involved. Perhaps because I have never studied Feng shui.

I have a close friend who is seriously into decorating her apartment totally Feng-shui.....she lives a State away from me so we don't visit often.

I am looking forward to asking her about this bamboo, as I'm sure she would be knowledgeable on it.

I am also planning to place some bamboo in my home! Thank you. Up++++

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on May 16, 2014:

I've seen this plant, and thought it looked interesting but never actually bought one. they are lovely plants, now that I know more about it I'll certainly get one, I'm slowly getting back to growing house plants again, thank you for this.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on May 16, 2014:

I've seen these plants in stores. I didn't know about the lucky part of the name. Thanks!

travmaj from australia on May 16, 2014:

I bought Lucky plant not long ago. Not quite sure if it is identical to yours, will check it out. It is flourishing in a lovely Chinese style pot on the patio.

Great hub with so much detailed information. Thank you -

sujaya venkatesh on May 16, 2014:

hail the belief

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on May 15, 2014:

I have always had lucky bamboo in my home. But now I live with my daughter and would love to have a small plant in my room. I have little light in the room and wonder if it will grow okay.

Wonderful hub and voted Up, useful, awesome, interesting and sharing. Thank you my friend - Audrey

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on May 14, 2014:

DDE thank you for stopping by and your vote up.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on May 14, 2014:

Great advice here. I did not know of the Lucky Bamboo. I am quite surprised and your approach tot his topic is so well understood. Voted up!

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on May 13, 2014:

midnightbliss thank you am glad you came to know about this plant.

Artois52 thank you for your visit.

ChitrangadaSharan thank you, yes these plants are great to have.

famhauz thank you. It is great as a gift and thank you for the votes.

AliciaC thank you. The curly form is beautiful!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on May 13, 2014:

I've never heard of Lucky Bamboo before. Thanks for sharing the interesting information, Vellur. The curly form of the plant is beautiful!

Peter Mwai from Kenya on May 13, 2014:

Wow! I think I'll save this for future reference - for real! It would be a great simple gift that someone who understands its meaning would never forget. The quandary of 'What do I get them?!' has just been solved.

Was intending to get a few house plants myself and reading this just gave me some ideas. Useful, awesome, interesting, right up there!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on May 13, 2014:

Very nicely explained hub! I have been keeping Bamboo plants in my drawing room since long. I love its greenery and it does give you positive vibes, when they are around.

Thanks for sharing! Voted up and pinned!

Artois52 from England on May 13, 2014:

Thanks for a really interesting hub.I have seen these plants around before but I never knew their significance. Now I do!

Haydee Anderson from Hermosa Beach on May 12, 2014:

Geez, I can't believe I haven't heard of Lucky Bamboo until now. Sounds like the perfect plant for me, given I love the look and feel of being surrounded by house plants. I will forward this Hub to my neighbor who is a Bonsai fanatic. - Thanks!

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on May 12, 2014:

WiccanSage thank you, the luck factor differs with numbers!!

alwaysexploring thank you and curly bamboos are great.

Victoria Lynn thank you for your visit, the Lucky Bamboo does not survive under direct sunlight.

Nell Rose, thank you. The curly bamboo is cool!!

Jackie Lynnley thank you and yes they look great anywhere.

Phyllis Doyle thank you for your visit.

Faith Reaper I think you are referring to the actual Bamboo plant, the Lucky Bamboo is not a Bamboo at all!

Hackslap am happy that it has made a difference for you. Thank you for the information, I did not know about the 21 lucky stalk bamboo.

Harry from Sydney, Australia on May 12, 2014:

Im a believer in Feng Shui and have 3 lucky bamboos in my house ..one's an 8-stalk ..one's a single stem and one's a 3-stem ...I can certainly say they have made a difference over the past few months I've owned them ..

FYI ..there're the rare and expensive 21-stalk lucky bamboos too..

Great and informative hub!

Faith Reaper from southern USA on May 12, 2014:

Such an interesting hub! I have never heard of Lucky Bamboo. We actually have bamboo growing in one spot towards the back of our yard. It can get so tall and spread just to a point and stopped. I am not sure what kind of bamboo it is. I thought it fascinating that the Lucky Bamboo is actually Lily plants!

Great hub. Up and more and away

Blessings

Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on May 12, 2014:

Vellur, I did not know all these things about Lucky Bamboo. I did not even know it was called that, nor did I know it is not really bamboo. I am amazed with all the information you provide. Very interesting and useful. Thank you!

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on May 12, 2014:

I just love these and the fantastic little containers they come in. The look great everywhere!

Nell Rose from England on May 12, 2014:

This was fascinating, I had never heard of Lucky Bamboo! I love it when I learn something new! lol! love the curly one! great hub vellur, voted up and shared! nell

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on May 12, 2014:

What about sun needs? I had a bamboo plant that flourished when I put it under fluorescent lights in my office! When I put it in front of a window, it died!!! Great hub. I didn't know about how lucky the bamboo is.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on May 12, 2014:

I don't think we have it here in America, but i would love to have the curley lucky bamboos plant for the inside of my home. Interesting new plant to me. Thank you...

Mackenzie Sage Wright on May 12, 2014:

This is awesome, I have heard of lucky bamboo but I never realized that how many you had/gave to someone was significant. It's good to know. Very cool, thanks for sharing.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on May 12, 2014:

billybuc thank you for your visit, this plant is well known for it's good luck factor!!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 12, 2014:

You hooked me with the title, since I've never heard of that name. Thanks for the information and education.