Lucky Bamboo : Shaping, Symbolism and Care Guide

Lucky Bamboo plants, as a gift, is one of the best good luck that we ever got in our own life. People say that lucky bamboo plants bring good luck and fortune to those who own them. You can plant this plant in our offices, houses, anywhere you like.

It is one of the best and most popular houseplants. This plant creates a good positive vibe and feels like a well-reputed environment. The Lucky Bamboo plant is not real bamboo, but it is a tropical plant known as Dracaena sanderiana.


Lucky Bamboo plants are originated from Africa, but now, we can see the majority of these plants are now shipped from Taiwan or China, where the professional growers braid, twist, and curl their stalks into a mass of shapes. 

Feng Shui, known as a bamboo plant, is a part of the eastern practice. It is an important element of Feng Shui and is well known to bring good luck. This plant is also said to remove the negative energy.


Botanical Name Dracaena sanderiana
Common Name Lucky bamboo, friendship bamboo, ribbon bamboo, Chinese water bamboo
Plant Type Perennial shrub
Mature Size 1-3 ft. tall, 1-2 ft. wide (indoor)
Sun Exposure    Partial shade
Soil Type Water or moist but well-drained soil
Soil pH Acidic
Flower Color White
Bloom Time Fall, winter (does not bloom indoors)
Hardiness Zones 10-11 (USDA)
Native Area Africa
Toxicity Non-toxic


How to care for Lucky Bamboo Plant?

There are different growing conditions your bamboo needs.

1. It requires proper light, potting media, temperature, potting media, and fertilizer to be healthy. Lucky bamboo plants are found in different shapes.

2. Create shapes by yourself, but it takes a lot of time and patience.

3. Keep your plant in an open and bright place.

The bamboo luck plant is known as a good luck plant. The number of stalks derives it in different ways. For example, three stalks in a bamboo plant are said to bring health and happiness, whereas eight stalks define development and prosperity.

If you are thinking of buying lucky bamboo plants, it will be best to buy a small new one. After buying, nurture it as it slowly grows to new bigger heights. You can purchase Lucky bamboo plants in a variety of eye-catching shapes and swirls.

 Lucky Bamboo Care Guide

Our quick process to guide the luck bamboo plant is given below.


1. Carefully remove the packaging and add the rocks to the container to act as an anchor.

2. Keep your bamboo in indirect sunlight.

3. Fill the container with enough water to cover the roots.

4. Remove the yellow leaves of the bamboo plant.

5. Also, use a liquid houseplant fertilizer range of 65-95°F (18–35°C).

6. Cut the stalks and the dry leaves with a knife.

7. Water your plant regularly.

Avoid:-  Avoid clutter, dirt, dust, and anything negative nearby the plant.


Growing Requirements for Lucky Bamboo 

If we provide sunlight and pure water, then the lucky bamboo plant can survive for about a decade. However, the following are the ideal requirements for growing a lucky bamboo plant.

Soil: Lucky Bamboo plants can be grown in well-drained, rich potting soil. The soil for lucky bamboo must be kept moist but not soaking. It can thrive well when the plant is housed in pebbles or simply in a vase filled with water.

Light: Lucky bamboo plants require bright filtered sunlight. Avoid direct sunlight as it scorches the leaves. If the plant began to stretch or the green fades, then we should provide them more lightly.

Water: When it comes to water, it requires bottled or distilled water or tap water to allow the chlorine to evaporate. The healthy lucky bamboo roots are red in color, so do not be alarmed in a glass vase if you see red roots. If you are growing the lucky bamboo plant in a water vase, change the water weekly to avoid diseases.

Fertilizer: Provide a single drop of liquid fertilizer each month that will be plenty for most lucky bamboo arrangements, and the plants that grow in water will need to feed every month.

Pot: Use the ceramic pot or plant in the tall glass vase from where no leaves or shallow bowls come inside. The pot must be wider than the deeper. Choose a container about 2 inches larger in diameter than the bamboo plant and add pebbles and stone.


Shaping the Lucky Bamboo plant

The most popular shapes of bamboo plants are spiral and braid. People who grow lucky bamboo plants twist their structure in Spiral or Braid.

1. Spiral Lucky Bamboo Plant

Following are the steps to create a spiral bamboo plant

1. At first, cut one side out of a cardboard box.

2. Keep the plant inside the box.

3. Now, set the box, so its open side will face a light source.

4. Care for the plant in a normal way and will continue to lean towards the sunlight.

5. Keep rotating the plants to help the plant to continue to grow in the sunlight.

6. Also, if it leans slightly, do not stop to rotate. Keep rotating the plant, and when they spin in the same direction, it will ultimately become a spiral.


2. Braid Lucky Bamboo Plant

Following are the instruction to create a braid bamboo plant-

1. Firstly, choose a container with three potted stalks (the stalks should be half to one inch thick and planted about two inches apart from each other in a row).

2. Now, prune the base of the three stalks.

3. Then, braid the stalks by taking the right stalk over the middle one brings the middle one to the right. Then, take the left stalk and cross it over the stalk that stalks out to the left of the middle one.

4. Continue to braid until four to five inches are left at the top of the stalks.

5. Care for the plant normally, and then see the plant growing and braiding.


Symbolism of the Lucky Bamboo 

According to Chinese tradition, the lucky bamboo plant is related to the five different elements. It contains earth, wood, water, fire, and metal.

The number of stalks has a big and effective meaning for a particular bamboo plant. Following are the different meanings according to the stalks.

1. One stalk: It represents unity and an unobstructed flow of energy.

2. Two stalks: It represents good luck in love, i.e., a great gift for a partner.

3. Three stalks: It represents continued growth, birth, and the family.

4. Four stalks: It represents death. You can also avoid this stalk because it is considered a rude gift.

5. Five stalks: It represents good wealth, longevity, happiness, luck, and prosperity.

6. Six stalks: It represents wealth through the opportunity and the luck for the business.

7. Seven stalks: It represents health and personal growth.

8. Eight stalks: It represents many blessings and infinite energy.

9. Nine stalks: It represents success and gratitude.

You will never find a lucky bamboo plant with four stalks because four stalks represent “death.” Therefore, it will be taken as a rude gift or a plant.

– People often tie the stalks with a ribbon to hold them together as an extra symbol for good fortune.

Keep the bamboo plant in the east direction, the lucky bamboo plant attracts good health for the whole family, and when it is directed towards the southeast, it attracts money and wealth.


How to propagate Lucky Bamboo


Lucky Bamboo can be propagated by following easy steps:

1. Take a healthy parent stalk i.e. with more than two bamboo segments with an offshoot.

2. Then, clip the offshoot from where it attaches to the parent plant stalk.

3. Now, eliminate the bottom layer of the leaves to produce a new independent stalk.


 FAQs on Lucky Bamboo 

I hope that you will surely have a question regarding this plant. Following are the frequently asked questions.

1. How long do bamboo plants live?

A bamboo plant grown in water has a lifespan of about 1 to 2 years. However, if you want a longer lifespan, then transfer your bamboo plant to soil where it can live for many years.

2. Is it bad luck to buy your bamboo plant?

No, the Lucky Bamboo plant is considered as the token of love even if you purchase it for yourself.

3. Why does the Lucky Bamboo plant turn yellow?

There are two reasons to turn yellow: too much fertilizer, chlorine, or fluoride in the water, and too much sun.

4. What kind of climate is required for the lucky Bamboo plant?

The lucky bamboo plant is an indoor plant that favors low and indirect light. It requires a little light to grow and should not be kept in the dark place. For all the growing processes, water should be changed every ten minutes to promote good health.

5. What kind of fertilizer do you use on the Lucky bamboo plant?

Lucky Bamboo plant does not require fertilizer. It can survive for years with only clean water. However, you can add a little fertilizer for quick growth.

Most of the lucky bamboo plants’ fertilizers are NPK with trace elements. They are common in the ratio of 2-2-2, i.e., they have a balanced ratio of nitrogen (N), phosphorous (P), and potassium (K). 

6. Is Lucky Bamboo toxic?

Lucky Bamboo is not toxic to humans, however, they are toxic to cats and dogs. If it is consumed by pets symptoms like incoordination, weakness, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, drooling and dilated pupils can be seen.

6. Name some fertilizers that can be used in the Lucky Bamboo plant?

Some of the best fertilizer names are-

  • Miracle-Gro
  • Jack’s Classic All Purpose
  • Dyna-Grow Plant
  • Green Plant Food Lucky Bamboo
  • Lewis Bamboo- Biochar Fertilizer

These are the best fertilizers. Also, buy these fertilizers from online.


Finally, the Lucky Bamboo plant is one of the best indoor tropical plants that anyone can plant easily. I hope you enjoy reading our article; leave a comment for feedback. We will be back soon with our new interesting article.

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