Lucky Bamboo Dracaena sanderana
The Chinese say that Lucky Bamboo will bring good fortune to your home or business. In Asia, it is given as a gift to those starting a new business, or to someone moving into a new home, or to anyone at any time of celebration. Since Lucky Bamboo requires no natural light it is especially nice in a home or officeand in areas where no other plants can grow. It is very easy to grow and it can live for many years.
Unlike its name, Lucky Bamboo is not a bamboo at all; it just looks like bamboo. Lucky bamboo is actually a dracena, (Dracaena sanderana). Lucky bamboo is a stick that will grow only a few inches of roots and sprouts. It will not grow branches or produce new shoots.
Curls. Many lucky bamboo have fancy curls or waves. They do not grow that way naturally. ‘Lucky Bamboo Farmers’ have to lay the stalks on a table in a hot house. They cover three sides to keep them dark. One side has bright light. The plant naturally grows toward the light and then the farmer rotates the stock to make it curl. It takes as long as a year to produce a complete curl.
Care. Keep your lucky Bamboo in 1”-3” of water, just enough to cover the roots. There is no need to transplant it into soil. This is not a winter hardy bamboo, so it will not survive if you plant it in the garden. Add water to the container as needed and wash out the container as needed. Keep your lucky bamboo in temperatures from 45 to 90 degrees.
Light. Lucky Bamboo does not need natural light. In fact, it prefers to be out of direct sun. The stalks of the Lucky Bamboo will not grow any longer, but they can get thicker over time. The leaves on the top of the stock will grow upwards. The more area the roots have to grow (the bigger the container), the faster and longer the leaves will grow, but the stalk will still remain the same length.
Ancient Chinese tradition has it that the number of lucky bamboo stalks in a container have different meanings and bring different beneficial factors into your life.
Three Stalks: Bring happiness, wealth and longevity.
Five stalks: Represents the five different parts of life from which wealth spurs.
Six stalks: Bring prosperity and favorable conditions.
Seven stalks: Good health.
Eight stalks: Grow and thrive.
Ten stalks: Complete and perfect.
Twenty-one stalks: Offer a very powerful all-purpose blessing.
Everyone would love to receive good luck and beautiful decorations for the home or office. Lucky bamboo is the prefect gift, it represents good luck and it is extremely easy to care for.