Contrary to popular belief, Lucky Bamboo isn’t really bamboo at all! Lucky Bamboo is actually a Dracaena Sanderiana, a common houseplant that's native to Southeast Asia and Africa. The thick stalks of the Dracaena closely resemble bamboo stalks, hence the name “Lucky Bamboo”.
- Lucky Bamboo is a low maintenance plant that survives well on its own. The stalks can grow up to six feet in height and requires only a little bit of sunlight. Simply place the plant in a pot of soil or in a vase with water and decorative pebbles.
- The Chinese often associate Lucky Bamboo with Feng Shui. Earth, wood, water, metal, and fire symbolize elements that represent each part of the plant.
- Rocks or pebbles = earth
- Sturdy stalks = wood
- Water = life to plant
- Coins or ornaments = metal
- The colors red, pink, or burgundy = fire.
4. The number of stalks have various meanings.
- two stalks symbolize love.
- Three stalks symbolize happiness - Fu (happiness), Lu (wealth), and Soh (longevity).
- Five stalks symbolize wealth.
- Seven stalks also symbolize wealth and happiness.
- Eight brings growth.
- Nine symbolizes general good fortune.
- Ten represents completion and perfection.
- 21 brings abundant blessings.
5. Lucky Bamboo has other popular names such as Curly Bamboo, Chinese Water Bamboo, Friendship Bamboo, Goddess of Mercy Plant and Ribbon plant.
6. Receiving Lucky Bamboo as a gift is a symbol of good luck.
7. The stalks can be manipulated into spiral shapes by controlling the amount of sunlight the plant is exposed to.