Lucky bamboo is a standard part of the offer of almost all flower shops and common choice of many customers.
Attractive appearance and unusual structure, this perennial plant is very flexible and durable, making it an extremely valuable for arranging indoor spaces where a large number of pot plants today cannot survive.
You don’t have to look very hard to find lucky bamboo nowadays. These plants pop up in offices, on desks, in businesses, and in homes pretty much everywhere. An important part of feng shui, lucky bamboo plants are said to bring good luck and fortune, especially if the plants were given as gifts. It also helps that they have a well-earned reputation as nearly indestructible. These tough stalks can survive in vases of pure water or in soil, and in a wide variety of light conditions.
The vast majority of lucky bamboo plants are shipped in from Taiwan or China, where professional growers braid and twist and curl their stalks into a multitude of shapes. The more intricate lucky bamboo plants can cost hundreds of dollars and feature twenty or more individual stalks. More commonly, though, lucky bamboo plants in simple pots can be had for as little as $10 for a three-stalk bundle.
Technically, lucky bamboo is not bamboo at all, but a species called Dracaena sanderiana. Although most are grown hydroponically (in water), lucky bamboo can be potted up in soil. One final caution: lucky bamboo leaves are mildly toxic, so they should not be kept in a place where pets or children are likely to snack on them.
Two Bamboo Stalks
People often send two stalks of bamboo as an expression of love. This number also is said to double your luck.
Here are the growing conditions your Lucky Bamboo needs to be healthy:
– Lucky bamboo is kept in water. However, they are very sensitive to chlorine and other chemicals commonly found in tap water. Water your lucky bamboo only with bottled or distilled water, or tap water that has been left out for 24 hours to allow the chlorine to evaporate.
– You should change or add water every 10 days to two weeks, as soon draws nutrients. Use to reuse water and fill the vase up to about 10 cm in height
– It is sensitive to direct sunlight, which can lead to discoloration of leaves (becoming yellow)
– The leaves can change color to yellow due to excess of chlorine in the water, and if this occurs, remove them in order to developed new leaves instead of these
– It grows in a wide temperature range, from about 15 to 32oC
– Supplemental feeding is not necessary, but you can add a little liquid fertilizer from time to time
Common Problems with Lucky Bamboo:
The most common mistakes related to lucky bamboo are usually connected to the water. Chlorinated water will kill them over time, and water that is dirty or infected with bacteria can be deadly. If a plant develops black roots, these should be cut away. Similarly, dead leaves should never be allowed to rot in the water as they might introduce bacteria. Practice good water hygiene by changing the water every week with distilled or bottled water.
Leaves that are yellow usually indicate too much sun or too much fertilizer. Cut out the fertilizer and move the plant to a shadier location.
Brown leaves usually indicate dry air or polluted water. Raise the humidity level by spraying the plant regularly and make sure you’re using the appropriate water.