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Facts About the Lucky Bamboo Plant

Lucky Bamboo
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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.

Curly Bamboo
Curly Bamboo | Source

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
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 death. Gifting a Lucky Bamboo plant with four stalks means that you wish death on the person who is receiving the gift
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.
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.

How to Curl Lucky Bamboo?

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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

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


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai Author

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


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WiccanSage 2 years ago

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.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

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...


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

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


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

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


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

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!


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

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


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Hackslap 2 years ago from Sydney, Australia

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!


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai Author

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.


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midnightbliss 2 years ago from Hermosa Beach

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!


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Artois52 2 years ago from England

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


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ChitrangadaSharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

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!


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famhauz 2 years ago from Kenya

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!


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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

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


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai Author

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!


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

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!


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai Author

DDE thank you for stopping by and your vote up.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

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


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sujaya venkatesh 2 years ago

hail the belief


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travmaj 2 years ago from australia

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 -


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rebeccamealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

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


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

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.


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

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++++


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai Author

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.


hlwar 2 years ago

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! (^_^)


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai Author

hlwar thank you, now you know the meaning!!


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM

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.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida

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.


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai Author

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.


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CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

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.


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai Author

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


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thumbi7 2 years ago from India

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


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai Author

thumbi great that it is growing well!


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cat on a soapbox 2 years ago from Los Angeles

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

Cat :)


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai Author

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


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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

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


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai Author

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


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ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

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

Kim


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai Author

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


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

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


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teaches12345 2 years ago

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.


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vibesites 2 years ago from United States

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


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai Author

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.


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DanaTeresa 2 years ago from Ohio

very interesting and easy to understand. great info!


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai Author

Dana Teresa thank you.


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Charu Bhatnagar 2 years ago from India

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


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai Author

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


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mary615 21 months ago from Florida

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.


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Vellur 21 months ago from Dubai Author

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


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amazmerizing 15 months ago from PACIFIC NORTHWEST, USA

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


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Vellur 15 months ago from Dubai Author

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


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ChitrangadaSharan 10 months ago from New Delhi, India

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!


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Vellur 10 months ago from Dubai Author

ChitrangadaSharan thank you for your visit and comment.


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Peggy W 6 months ago from Houston, Texas

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!


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Vinaya Ghimire 6 months ago from Nepal

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.


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Vellur 6 months ago from Dubai Author

Peggy W thank you for your visit and share.

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

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