Lucky Bamboo Grower’s Guide

Lucky Bamboo Brings Good Fortune

Eastern spirituality and symbolism has always been popular in the west, and is enjoying a great boom of interest that has expanded over the past several years. Lucky bamboo plants cater to this interest by being both a symbol of that spirituality and by providing an interesting, unusual and attractive alternative to other varieties of common houseplant.

Lucky bamboo is sturdy, easy to grow and rewarding to have around if you take the time to let it thrive. A combination of these facts has caused many people to start growing and caring for lucky bamboo plants. Whether or not they are kept solely for ornamental value or to instead hopefully bring their owner good fortune, lucky bamboo plants can make a great addition to your home.

The History of Lucky Bamboo

Because of its attractive green appearance and amazing tenacity as a living object, bamboo has been revered as a symbol of good fortune in many Asian cultures for over four thousand years. Lucky bamboo and other varieties of the species are able to adapt to and grow in a wide array of geographical and environmental conditions and are surprisingly resilient in the face of damage and disaster.

In the ancient Chinese practice of Feng Shui, which seeks to create a balanced arrangement of the elements of earth, water, wood, metal, and fire in order to bring harmony to our living environments, bamboo is valued as a perfect representative of wood because of its tall, stiff shape and deep green colors. This is believed to be a positive influence on life energy.

The Modern Popularity of Lucky Bamboo

Many studies have proven that the presence of plants and flowers in the workplace and at home can help to clean the air, improve our moods and to reduce or eliminate stress. The unfortunate thing about many of these environments is that most plants struggle to thrive and grow within them. Lucky bamboo, however, is known to be an easy-growing species that can survive where other plants cannot.

The relatively small size of a lucky bamboo plant combined with its attractive appearance lends to this modern popularity. As a decorative plant lucky bamboo is both unusual and respectable, and is very suitable for an office desk at work or in your home. Due to the above representation of this plant in Feng Shui, lucky bamboo is often cultivated to enhance the energy of an area in which it is placed.

Growing and Caring for Lucky Bamboo

Interestingly enough, the plant that is now commonly sold as lucky bamboo is actually a member of the Dracaena family. These plants are equally well known for their ability to thrive in harsh and inhospitable conditions. Due to the ease at which it is grown and the close resemblance to true bamboos, it is now used as a common variant of the traditional lucky bamboo plant.

Caring for lucky bamboo plants is very easy. They are usually grown in a few inches of clear water and are often supported by small pebbles, stones or decorative marbles. The water should be kept clean and never allowed to stagnate. In the case of heavily chlorinated or sodium-rich water, using distilled or filtered alternatives may be your best option.

Lighting is important and should be taken into consideration. Lucky bamboo grows naturally under the shady canopies of tall rainforest trees. As a result they prefer an indoor location with bright, indirect light. They will thrive under artificial lighting, helping lend to their popularity in offices where windows are often a rarity.

Never overdo the light as an excess can burn the leaves. Too little light is equally as bad, and it will cause weak growth in your plant. As far as temperature is concerned, the standard room temperature you have at home or at work should be fine, unless you tend to prefer extreme temperatures.

Use an occasional bit of diluted plant food. If the solution is too strong it can burn the roots due to the lack of soil, so be sure it is properly weak before adding it to the water.

Ordering Lucky Bamboo and Other Plants

You can usually find lucky bamboo, flowers and other plants at your local florist’s shop. Let them know what you’re looking for and they should be able to make it available to you in no time at all. If you have any questions about maintaining and growing bamboo, the florist will be able to provide professional advice.

You may also wish to use the online site to place an order, if lucky bamboo is listed as available. Same-day local delivery guarantees mean that you can place an order in the morning and then be enjoying your bamboo plants the very same day. This is very convenient if you are busy or otherwise pressed for time.

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