Care, Growth, and Meaning of Lucky Bamboo

Updated on September 1, 2019
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A graduate in botany, Nithya Venkat enjoys writing about plants that help sustain life on planet Earth.

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.

Did You Know?

Lucky bamboo is not actually bamboo. It belongs to the same family as the lily.

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 bamboo
Curly bamboo | Source

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 Stalks
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.
Brings an abundance of love as well as double luck. This gift expresses love and affection.
Brings happiness, long life, and career promotions. A very popular gift.
Represents bad luck. Never given as a gift.
Attracts positive energy in the five areas of life: emotional, intuitive, mental, physical, and spiritual.
Brings opportunities to increase wealth.
Brings positive energy for overall health.
Represents growth and thriving. Also thought to increase fertility.
Bestows great luck to the receiver.
Represents a wish for a life of perfection, happiness, and completeness.
A powerful blessing for great wealth and strong health.

Why Is 4 Bad Luck?

In Chinese, the word for "four" (sì) sound a lot like "death" (sǐ). Only a subtle tonal difference separates the two words. For this reason, four is considered to be unlucky.

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.

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

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

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

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

    Rotting of the Lucky Bamboo does not alter anything.

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

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

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

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

  • Can lucky bamboo be used to make bamboo straws?

    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.

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    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      8 months ago from Dubai

      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.

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      Lora Hollings 

      8 months ago

      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.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      8 months ago from Dubai

      Thank you Lilcha.

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      8 months ago

      This article is cool beans

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      9 months ago

      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.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      9 months ago from Dubai

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

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      Sharon Lopez 

      9 months ago from Philippines

      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.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      12 months ago from Dubai

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

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      Hilary Hsieh 

      12 months ago from Georgia

      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!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      17 months ago from Dubai

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

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      Nell Rose 

      17 months ago from England

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

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      Nithya Venkat 

      17 months ago from Dubai

      Thank you Chitrangada for reading and commenting, much appreciated.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      17 months ago from New Delhi, India

      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!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      20 months ago from Dubai

      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.

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      22 months ago

      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

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      Nithya Venkat 

      2 years ago from Dubai

      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.

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      2 years ago

      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

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      Liz Stirlling 

      2 years ago

      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

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      Nithya Venkat 

      2 years ago from Dubai

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

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      2 years ago

      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.

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      Paola Bassanese 

      2 years ago from London

      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

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      2 years ago

      Thank you for the info i have two bamboo plants

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      2 years ago

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

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      2 years ago

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

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      Nithya Venkat 

      3 years ago from Dubai

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

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      Frances Metcalfe 

      3 years ago from The Limousin, France

      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.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      4 years ago from Dubai

      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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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      4 years 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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      Peggy Woods 

      4 years 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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      Nithya Venkat 

      4 years ago from Dubai

      ChitrangadaSharan thank you for your visit and comment.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years 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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      Nithya Venkat 

      4 years ago from Dubai

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

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      4 years ago from PACIFIC NORTHWEST, USA

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

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

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

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      Mary Hyatt 

      5 years 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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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

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

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      Charu Bhatnagar 

      5 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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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      Dana Teresa thank you.

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      Dana Strang 

      5 years ago from Ohio

      very interesting and easy to understand. great info!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      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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      5 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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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 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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      Audrey Hunt 

      5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      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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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

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

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      5 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.


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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

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

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      5 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

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

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

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

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      Catherine Tally 

      5 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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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      thumbi great that it is growing well!

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      JR Krishna 

      6 years ago from India

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

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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      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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      6 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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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      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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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 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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      Suzette Walker 

      6 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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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      hlwar thank you, now you know the meaning!!

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      6 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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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      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.

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      6 years ago from Carson City

      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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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      6 years ago from Lincolnshire, 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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      Rebecca Mealey 

      6 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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      6 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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      sujaya venkatesh 

      6 years ago

      hail the belief

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      Audrey Hunt 

      6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      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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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      DDE thank you for stopping by and your vote up.

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      Devika Primić 

      6 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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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      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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      Linda Crampton 

      6 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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      Peter Mwai 

      6 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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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 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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      6 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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      Haydee Anderson 

      6 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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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      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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      6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Im a believer in Feng Shui and have 3 lucky bamboos in my house's an 8-stalk'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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      Faith Reaper 

      6 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


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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      6 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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      Jackie Lynnley 

      6 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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      Nell Rose 

      6 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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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 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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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 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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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      6 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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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

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

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      Bill Holland 

      6 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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