Lucky bamboo is an indoor plant that is attractive, popular, and easy to care for. It’s also considered to be an auspicious plant that brings good luck according to the principles of feng shui and vastu shastra, especially if the plants were given as gifts.. You don’t have to look very hard to find lucky bamboo plants nowadays. These plants always in offices, on desks, restaurant or businesses, and in homes pretty much everywhere.
Lucky bamboo has many common names, including Chinese water bamboo, friendship bamboo, curly bamboo, Goddess of Mercy plant, ribbon plant and Belgian evergreen. Lucky bamboo plant is not actually bamboo. It belongs to the same family as the lily.
Choosing a Lucky Bamboo Plant
Find a bamboo plant that looks healthy and radiant to you (check photo above). Avoid yellowing bamboo plant. Pick the one that’s a vibrant green color. Caring for a Lucky Bamboo plant isn’t very hard, but if you get one that isn’t healthy, it may die early. You can find Lucky Bamboo plants at your local garden market or nursery, and even some department stores.
Lucky Bamboo Plant Care
Lucky bamboo can grow in a simple vase (choose transfarent vase to see the roots) filled with pebbles (for support) and at least an inch of water. However, they are very sensitive to chlorine or chemicals commonly found in tap water. Water your lucky bamboo plant only with distilled water, or tap water that has been left out for 2days to allow the chlorine to evaporate. Healthy lucky bamboo roots are red, so don’t be alarmed in a glass vase if you can see red roots. Finally, good hygiene recommends that you change the water weekly. In addition, try adding a small drop of liquid fertilizer when changing water to help the lucky bamboo grow.
The best but less decorative way to grow your lucky bamboo plant is to plant it in a well-drained, rich potting soil. The soil should be kept moist, but not soaking.
Lucky Bamboo likes bright light. It’ll tolerate lower light levels just fine but it won’t grow much. Be sure to avoid putting it in direct sunlight as it’ll burn. You may need to rotate your plant so it gets light evenly on all sides.