Growing Lucky Bamboo

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If you want to steal a garden idea from feng-shui masters, lucky bamboo may be the answer.

Lucky bamboo actually isn’t bamboo at all. It’s a Dracaena from tropical western Africa with red roots, pointed leaves, and hollow green stems, often curled into shapes. For positive energy, place your lucky bamboo in the southwest corner of your space. When selecting your plant, consider the number of stalks: some say that five will attract wealth, seven health, and two will promote love.

If you are someone who hopes for peace, prosperity, longevity, luck, beauty, good energy, or graciousness (and most of us probably fall into at least one of those categories), adding a lucky bamboo plant to your home may help. It’s also a fuss-free houseplant that requires virtually no care.

Lucky bamboo does well in sunny (but not too bright) windows. 

Lucky bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana, also called Dracaena braunii) is not a true bamboo. It’s a member of the Dracaena family (rather than the Poaceae family to which bamboo belongs). Yet it shares physical similarities.

Lucky bamboo has red roots; slender, pointed leaves; and cylindrical, hollow green stems that are sometimes curled or encouraged into shapes. It is native to Africa, not Asia.



Planting


  • When considering a container for your lucky bamboo, stick to glass: Translucent containers prevent excessive algae growth in the pebbles, and allow the full stalks to be seen.
  • According to the tenets of feng shui, it’s important to place your plant in exactly the right spot. For example, for positive energy, choose the Southeast corner; to signify family, place three lucky bamboo stalks in the eastern portion of your home.
  • To encourage lucky bamboo to curl, try rotating the plant slightly every once in a while. The stalk will grow towards the light, resulting in different growth directions.

Care


  • Lucky bamboo grows best in pebbles or small stones, not dirt, to keep it upright, and at least an inch of water. Distilled or bottled water, rather than tap, is ideal.
  • Keep your bamboo in a warm, sunny place, ideally one that stays between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. A not-too-bright windowsill is ideal.
  • Bamboo grows quickly; prune excessive growth to keep it trim.
  • Set on a windowsill with other houseplants (like bonsai), lucky bamboo creates a calming vignette.

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