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.
When the Lucky Bamboo plant is grown the soil should be moist and not water logged.
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.
It is believed that when the Lucky Bamboo plant is placed in the east all members in the family will be bestowed with good health.
Placing the Lucky Bamboo plant in the south-east is supposed to bring in more wealth.
Diseases that can affect Lucky Bamboo
Brown Spots on leaves can be due to lack of proper nutrition or due to too much of fluorine and chlorine content in the water. Do not use tap water to grow the Lucky Bamboo instead use distilled water.
Brown spots can also be due to exposure to direct sunlight. Place the plant in a place where it receives indirect sunlight.
Growing the Lucky Bamboo plant with the required amount of nutrients helps the plant to grow and makes it resistant to diseases.
When the Lucky Bamboo plant is infected with the Leaf Spot fungus the leaves develop small, dark spots marked by red colored margins. As this disease progresses the leaves decay and die. Fungicidal spray helps to kill the Leaf Spot fungus. Cut off the infected leaves to prevent the disease from spreading.
When the Lucky Bamboo is over watered the roots swell due to excessive intake of water. When this happens, the leaves develop small blisters on the surface that turn into hard, brown colored bumps.
As the Oedema progresses the leaves become yellow and droopy. This condition can be taken care of by not over watering the Lucky Bamboo plant.
Powdery Mildew is a fungal disease that spreads through fungal spores. When the fungal spores land on the leaves they infect the leaves. Due to the infection the leaves develop a powdery white coat. The powdery white coat prevents the sunlight from reaching the surface of the leaves. When this happens, the leaves turn yellow and die. Powdery Mildew can be controlled through fungicidal treatments. Severely infected foliage must be removed from the plant.
Sooty Mold is caused by small insects such as aphids, mealybugs and scale. These insects excrete a sticky substance called honeydew. This honeydew attracts the sooty mold fungus that causes black spots to appear on the leaves and stalks. Applying insecticidal soap or oil on the affected regions of the plant helps to treat Sooty Mold and prevents it from spreading.
Curly Lucky Bamboos
Lucky Bamboos are curled by controlling the light that the Lucky Bamboo receives. Curling Lucky Bamboo plants takes a long time and needs expertise.
Questions & Answers
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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.Helpful 42
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.Helpful 28
Why was the Lucky Bamboo plant named that?
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.Helpful 18
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