Feng shui lucky bamboo care and tips

by tealmermaid

A care and feng shui symbolism guide for lucky bamboo plants.

Why is lucky bamboo considered lucky? One easy way to improve the feng shui of any home is by including lucky bamboo as part of your home decor. Living plants improve the qi of any room in which they are placed, and the lucky bamboo plant is considered an especially auspicious plant to include in both the home and work environments.

Due to its tendency to grow rapidly, the lucky bamboo plant itself is considered to be a symbol of luck and abundance. Not only does lucky bamboo makes an excellent housewarming gift, but if you think your home could use some luck, it can be a great gift to yourself!

What is lucky bamboo?

The plant we commonly call "lucky bamboo" is not actually a bamboo. Its scientific name is Dracaena braunii, and it is native to Africa. Despite its origin, it is a popular houseplant in Southeast Asia. Its bright green leaves can be seen on the counters of many shops and restaurants.

Caring for your lucky bamboo plants

Three stalks of lucky bamboo
Three stalks of lucky bamboo

Choosing a lucky bamboo plant

First, choose a lucky bamboo plant that is green and healthy. Bruising or insect damage are signs of an unhealthy plant, as are drooping yellow leaves.

Lucky bamboo plants are typically grown in water (hydroponics). If the plant you have selected is grown in soil, check that the soil is not dry at the time of purchase as dry soil will kill the plant. Roots will grow whenever the plant's stem is in contact with moisture, whereas these same roots will dry out and die without inadequate water. Use a toothpick or small wooden dowel to check the dampness of the soil. A clean toothpick means it is dry all the way down, so choose another plant whose soil is moist to wet.

20 Stalks of 4 Inches Straight Lucky Bamboo

A simple starter pack of lucky bamboo, suitable to fill several vases. Share with your friends and family!

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Care of lucky bamboo plants

Lucky bamboo is an easy-care plant, requiring only low lighting and water. Too much care can actually kill it. Those who are unlucky in gardening will enjoy having such a low maintenance plant.

If you feel that your plant might benefit from fertilizer, there are types designed specifically for lucky bamboo plants. Choose one of those for best results. A generic "plant food" will not provide the proper nutrients for this particular plant.

20 Bottles of Super Green Green Lucky Bamboo Fertilizer Plant Food

This is a multi-pack of the fertilizer I use for my lucky bamboo plant. My plant is several years old, so it does well with this one.

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Choosing the proper planter

When selecting a planter for your lucky bamboo plant, the important consideration is that you can easily see the water level in the container. There needs to be at least an inch of water; do not let your plant dry out. I prefer to use glass planters or vases since it is easy to see the water level. However the pretty ceramic pots used for bonsai plants also work well since they are fairly shallow.

WGV Clear Cylinder Glass Vase, 4 by 6-Inch

This is a nice basic glass vase similar in type to the one I use for my plant. It is easy to see the water level with clear glass.

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Decorative rocks or not?

You will need to add some small rocks to your plant to stabilize your plant. Select rocks that will fit comfortably into your planter: smaller rocks for a small single-stem planter, larger rocks for a larger lucky bamboo arrangement.

Pan River Pebbles, 28-Ounce, Mixed

Basic, but these work well for both small and large vases of lucky bamboo.

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Help, why is the leaves and stem turning yellow?

If your lucky bamboo plant turns yellow, it is getting too much light. These plants need low light conditions to thrive. Your plant will perk up if you move it to a dark interior room for a few days.

Lucky bamboo meanings

How many lucky bamboo stalks do I need?

Different feng shui meanings are traditionally assigned to different numbers of lucky bamboo stalks. Three, five, and twenty-one stalks are the best groupings to look for, as those are considered to be "lucky numbers".

You might also see heart-shaped lucky bamboo plants. These are thought to be lucky for love. Pineapple-shaped lucky bamboo plants are considered a welcoming symbol and should be placed near the entrance of your home or shop.

Three-stalk grouping of lucky bamboo
Three-stalk grouping of lucky bamboo
Updated: 10/22/2015, tealmermaid
 
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