Japanese Lucky Bamboo - Curiosities and Tips

Lucky bamboo is very common in Japan. Unlike what the name says, the plant is not really a bamboo. She is a member of the lily family, typical of tropical forests in Southeast Asia and Africa. Its most correct name is Dracaena Sanderiana. These plants are widely used in companies, offices, houses and commercial establishments.

Such a plant is one of the parts of the feng shui, and are meant to bring luck, prosperity, happiness and fortune. Especially if they are given to a person as a gift. It can also be a decorative indoor plant and can be plant on soil, rocks or water. It is an easy and practical care plant that can survive in different types of light. All the characteristics of this plant, such as small roots, branches and leaves make it a plant ideal for home. 

Japanese lucky bamboo - curiosities and tips

Lucky bamboo is usually traced and has branched stems. Others can be long and curl only at the top. Some also grow lucky bamboo in aquariums and others prefer to buy an artificial one. Prices can vary from 20 to 1000 reais depending on size and store.

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Meanings of Lucky Bamboo

Much of the luck that is involved with bamboo comes from the number of stems it has. The number of stems demonstrates the type of energy that the plant attracts to the home or establishment. They say that the more stems in the arrangement, the greater the blessings and good luck. The explanation of each quantity of stems follows.

Japanese lucky bamboo - curiosities and tips

Some tie the bamboo with a red ribbon that represents fire, resistance and good health in feng shui. Receiving a lucky bamboo as a gift is more powerful than buying or making one.

  • 1 long stalk (Lucky Log): This promises to bring prosperity and longevity. It is the most chosen and sought after as gifts from new companies or commercial ventures;
  • 2 stems: They bring a lot of love and double the luck factor. Usually people offer these as gifts to demonstrate and express love and affection;
  • 3 stems:  The set of 3 stems should bring a lot of happiness, success in a professional career and a long life. This is the most popular among people as a gift;
  • 4 stems: That nobody wants, because it symbolizes bad luck;
  • 5 stems:  It attracts a lot of positive and healthy energy in five areas of life, such as mental, physical, intuitive, emotional and spiritual;
  • 6 stems: They increase their opportunities to increase their wealth;
  • 7 stems:  It promises to bring positive energy to enable a person to have good general health;
  • 8 stems: It should bring positive energy, increasing prosperity and fertility;
  • 9 stems: This is a symbol of great fortune and luck;
  • 10 stems: It represents all the good in life. Shows that the person wants to have a happy and perfect life. May everything happen according to what you imagine and desire;
  • 21 stems: Divine blessings, I wish that the person and her family be covered with great wealth and lasting health;
  • Tower: Represent climbing, to rise at work;
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Japanese lucky bamboo - curiosities and tips

Lucky bamboo can represent the 5 natural elements where the plant's stem represents wood; stones mean earth; the vase and a coin inside it means metal; the ribbon means fire and we don't even need to talk about water.

Tips for caring for the lucky bamboo

Lucky bamboo can be grown in water or even soil as long as moisture is maintained. Some often choose resistant glass jars and decorate them with stones, crystals and sand. When choosing the plant, make sure that the stem is white and new, without spots and with green leaves. It is better to buy the ready-made model, because the process of growing a lucky bamboo is complicated.

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Japanese lucky bamboo - curiosities and tips

Some complain that the bamboo stem turns yellow, unfortunately the plant has already been compromised, so we recommend using chlorine-free filtered water to prevent the bamboo from turning yellow. Change the water of the plant every week for a fresh and clean one. You should not place the bamboo directly in the sun, but it can receive sunlight indirectly. Leave the water standing for 24 hours to let the chlorine out.

If your bamboo dies it means you are in bad luck! What do you think of this ingenious ornament that can bring luck? I hope you enjoyed the article and share it with friends.

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