Lucky bamboo plant is one of the most readily available plants which is beautiful as well as brings fortune for people.
About the plant
Lucky bamboo plant is easy to grow houseplants. People thought that it’s real bamboo, but no, that’s a misconception. Lucky bamboo is a kind of tropical water lily.
There is a belief that lucky bamboo brings good luck, prosperity, and fortune, especially if someone gifted.
In Asian culture, lucky bamboo symbolizes good fortune, and the plant became very popular during the new year or any other religious festival.
Lucky bamboo signifies the five elements. They are-
The botanical name of this plant is Dracaena Sanderiana, and it’s a species of flowering plants. It belongs to the Asparagaceae family.
The botanical name is named after Henry Frederick Conrad sander, a german English gardener. The plant is popularly known as Lucky bamboo worldwide.
The plant has other well-known names such as- curly bamboo, Belgian evergreen, Chinese water bamboo, goddess of mercy plant, Friendship bamboo, and ribbon plant.
Overview of the plant
The lucky bamboo plant is linked with feng shui. It depicts various components of the earth.
Lucky bamboo denotes the element of wood, and the red ribbon tied around the plant symbolizes the fire.
According to Chinese tradition, the importance of the lucky bamboo depends upon the number of stalks it has.
The lucky bamboo plant comes in various shapes, such as two-layer bamboo, three layers of bamboo, or seven-layer bamboo.
The lucky bamboo plant is a quite popular and beautiful gift to give your dear ones.
Significance of lucky bamboo
Importance of lucky bamboo according to the number of stalks it has:
- One stalk represents unity and flow of energy.
- Two stalks show love and make your love double.
- Three stalks show happiness, wealth, and long life.
- Four stalks represent the demise, avoid giving it to anyone.
- Five stalks also show wealth, and five stalks of lucky bamboo are perfect for giving someone as a gift who wants growth in their business.
- Six stalks show luck and prosperity.
- Seven stalks show wealth, good health, and happiness.
- Eight stalks act as a motivator and represent growth. There is a belief that It improves fertility.
- Nine stalks represent good fortune.
- Ten stalks show fulfillment.
- Twenty-one stalks show blessings and abundance.
Growth preferred area
Provide the proper growing conditions to keep your Lucky bamboo healthy and fresh.
These plants prefer bright and filtered sunlight. They like to be moist but not wet or soggy.
Lucky bamboo prefers warm temperatures.
The lucky bamboo plant is native to Central Africa.
Most of the lucky bamboo plants are imported from Taiwan and China.
The professional plant growers of Taiwan and China, they twist and braid the stalks of lucky bamboo to give the plant different shapes.
|Botanical name||Dracaena sanderiana|
|Common names||Lucky bamboo, Goddess of Mercy plant, Curly bamboo, Friendship bamboo, Belgian evergreen, Sander’s dracaena, Chinese water bamboo, and Ribbon plant.|
|Mature size||2-3 Feet|
|Native area||Central Africa|
|Sun exposure||Bright and indirect sunlight|
|Water||Moist (avoid overwatering)|
|Humidity||High humidity (>50%)|
|Soil type||Well-drained and moist|
The cost of the plant
The cost of the plant will be around INR 250-1,500or more. Prices may vary according to the number of stalks and the size of the plant.
How much does seed cost?
The cost of the seeds will be around INR 100-400 or more. The price of the seeds varies upon the quality and the quantity of the seeds.
Lucky bamboo plant isn’t bamboo in actuality, it’s a type of water lily. It’s a tropical water lily, and it is the only species. There are no other varieties of lucky bamboo.
Lucky bamboo plant care guide
These plants require proper care. If you’re growing them in water, make sure to keep changing the water every week, and if growing in the soil, make sure the soil is moist and slightly damp.
Here, are the few care tips for Lucky bamboo plant
Lucky bamboo requires bright indirect sunlight because direct sunlight can scorch the foliages. They prefer the similar climate conditions they found in the rainforest canopy.
These plants can flourish in low light, but it’s not recommended because it may fade the green colour of the foliages.
If you are planting this plant in soil, keep in mind that they like to be moist all the time but not soggy. Don’t allow them to dry out or don’t overwater them.
Water lucky bamboo with distilled or bottled water because these plants are sensitive to Chlorine and other chemicals that are presented in tap water.
If not possible to give purified or distilled water, then fill tap water in a container and leave it for one day, it allows the Chlorine and other chemicals to evaporate to some extent.
Usually, lucky bamboo plants are kept in the water. Water should be changed regularly if no possible change at least once a week to keep the plant fresh.
Lucky bamboo favoured warm temperature ranges between 18°C-35°C (65℉-95℉). Avoid placing the plant near the air conditioner or heating vents.
During winters, avoid placing the plant near windows.
Lucky bamboos flourish in high humidity levels. The humidity must be >5o. To provide the appropriate humidity levels, mist the lucky bamboo regularly.
These plants prefer liquid diluted fertilizer. Avoid over-fertilizing them, and it may kill your lucky bamboo.
These plants are mildly toxic for pets. If consumed, it can cause vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, weakness, dilated pupils.
Lucky bamboo is not poisonous to humans. It will be safe to keep the plant out of the reach of the pets and children.
Pests and problems
Pests like mealybugs, fungal infections, or mites can affect your lucky bamboo.
If you notice any fungal infection on the plant, remove the infected leaves, keep the bamboo stalks and leaves dry, and increase the air circulation around the plant.
To remove pests from the plant, use insecticidal soap, or wipe the plant with alcohol manually.
Turns yellow: If you notice the stem or leaves of the lucky bamboo turning yellow, then remove the yellow part of the stem and leaves to prevent the further damage of the plant.
Yellowing of the leaves can be caused by direct sunlight or too much fertilizer.
Palace the plant in a shadier place for a few days and stop feeding the plant frequently.
Chlorinated water: Tap can kill your lucky bamboo as it contains Chlorine, other chemicals, and harmful germs. So it’s better to provide them distilled water.
Brown leaves: Brown leaves can cause dryness in the air or polluted water.
To reduce the dryness, mist the plant regularly. Misting raises the humidity level.
Repotting and propagation
Repot the lucky bamboo when you notice the roots are not getting enough space in the container, and they are getting crowding.
If your lucky bamboo is growing in the soil, then follow this process:
Step 1: First, dampen the soil and then take out the entire plant gently.
Step 2: Repot the plant in a bigger pot than the previous one.
Step 3: Fill the new pot with proper well-drained, moist soil, and place the plant.
If you are growing your plant in water, simply move it in another vase bigger than the previous one.
You need to be very gentle while propagating lucky bamboo.
Here are the steps:
Step 1: Remove the bamboo stalk, you’ll see the tangled roots.
Step 2: Gently detangle them, and each stalk should be separated.
Step 3: Choose a dark green, healthy parent stalk with at least two nodes and offshoots.
Step 4: Remove the bottom leaves from offshoots.
Step 5: Place the stalk in a container filled with water.
Pruning is essential to keep your lucky bamboo plant healthy. Trimming the plant encourages new growth and also helps to maintain the size of the plant.
Trim the main stem of the lucky bamboo about 1-2 inches. New- shoots will emerge soon, and the plant becomes bushier than earlier.
Benefits of the Lucky bamboo plant
Lucky bamboo plant is auspicious. It brings good fortune, love, wealth, happiness, prosperity.
The plant also spreads positive energy wherever it thrives.
According to NASA’s study, the lucky bamboo plant has the qualities to clean and purify the air and also removes carbon dioxide, benzene, and formaldehyde.