Have you ever heard of the lucky bamboo? In fact, this plant is not exactly a bamboo, as it is part of the family of Ruscaceae, the same family as the elephant's paw. It got its name from its appearance, which is very reminiscent of a common bamboo. her scientific name is Sanderian Dracaena and it grows very well in water or on land, making it perfect for indoor cultivation.
Lucky bamboo appeared on the African continent, but it had its popularization mainly in the Asian continent, mainly in China. There, this plant was used with a technique called Feng Shui, where the number of stems could have different meanings.
This is an easy to care plant and very suitable for decorating home or office environments, in addition to its cultural value, of course. In this article we'll show you everything you need to know if you're thinking of growing this beautiful plant.
Meanings of Lucky Bamboo
Depending on the number of stalks, lucky bamboo can have several different meanings, for example, two stalks mean luck and love, three stalks wealth, longevity and happiness, five stalks symbolize creativity and enthusiasm and seven stalks signify good health. Lucky bamboos with one or four stems should be avoided as these numbers are often associated with death.
The Feng Shui technique, mentioned before, still gives other meanings to the lucky bamboo, for example, it is believed that it attracts good energy, prosperity and, as the name says, luck. But for this to happen, it is essential that the person has received the lucky bamboo as a gift.
But if you're planning on giving the lucky bamboo as a gift to someone, there are some traditional rules you should remember: it should be given away on occasions that represent a new beginning like weddings, changes or birth of babies. A red satin ribbon should also be tied to it to bring good health to the recipient.
How to Care for a Lucky Bamboo
This is an extremely easy plant to care for, as it prefers shade and light light, it adapts very well in the home environment. So, all you need to do is water the plant regularly to keep the soil moist and keep away from excess light.
If you want the lucky bamboo can also be cultivated directly under water, in jars or even in aquariums with fish. But it is very important that you keep the container clean and change the water every two or three days.
It is also very important that you pay attention to the signals that the plant gives you. For example, if her leaves are a little yellow, it's a sign she's getting poor lighting. Or if you notice that the plant's branches are uneven, pruning is necessary to keep them in balance.
Other fun facts about Lucky Bamboo
In addition to being a very beautiful plant, lucky bamboo can be shaped in many different ways, such as in the shape of hearts, towers or spirals. But to do this type of modeling requires skill and a specific technique, so if you choose this type of lucky bamboo, it is better to buy one that is already in this shape.
But if you still want to risk trying to twist the stem of the lucky bamboo in order to leave it in a specific shape, you must, with delicacy and using ribbons, make a circular movement according to the number of stems until you reach the desired shape.
You can also get lucky bamboo seedlings if you wish. This is a very simple process. This plant is multiplied by stairs from four to eight centimeters in length. To get a ladder you just need to break a stalk and leave it in the water until it takes root. From each stem it is possible to make several other seedlings, after they sprout, it would be a great option for give to friends.
So, did you feel like having a lucky bamboo? So let's talk about the price of this plant currently and where to find it. Nowadays it is very easy to find a lucky bamboo in flower shops, Home Center stores, in landscaping stores or even in supermarkets.
The price of this plant varies according to its size or if it has some type of modeling. But in general it is possible to buy a lucky bamboo for starting at R$ 20.00, with braided models being a little more expensive, reaching up to R$ 200.00.
Undoubtedly, lucky bamboo is an excellent choice for those who want to decorate their home or office, as well as having great historical and cultural importance. With its easy cultivation and beautiful moldings, it is impossible not to fall in love with this beautiful plant.