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7 Facts About Lucky Bamboo

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 2

  1. 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.bamboo 3
  2. 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.

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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.

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