How to Grow and Shape Lucky Bamboo (2022)

Sculptural lucky bamboo plants have eye-catching shapes, swirls, or braided stalks, and are frequently spotted in offices and residences for the purpose of good feng shui. They can also be trained so that stalks grow straight as an arrow and are adorned with smallish, simple floppy green leaves. Though the plant looks like bamboo and grows fast like bamboo (it can grow well over a foot in six months), it's not related to it at all, and it's actually more of a succulent. Be aware that this plant is not lucky for pets because it's toxic to cats and dogs.

Lucky Bamboo and Chinese Traditions

According to Chinese traditions, the significance of lucky bamboo is tied to how manystalksyou have. There are different meanings associated with various lucky bamboo arrangements. For example:

  • Two stalks represent love.
  • Three stalks represent Fu (happiness), Lu (wealth), and Soh (long life).
  • Five stalks represent balance, peace, harmony, and power in all areas of your life.
  • Six stalks represent good luck and wealth.
  • Seven stalks represent good health.
  • Eight stalks represent growth.
  • Nine stalks represent great luck.
  • Ten stalks represent perfection.
  • Twenty-one stalks represent a powerful blessing.

You'll rarely find a traditional lucky bamboo arrangement with four stalks. In Chinese culture, the word for "four" is close to the word for "death," so a gift of four bamboo stalks would be considered very rude as if you had wished death on the recipient.

Common NameLucky bamboo, friendship bamboo, ribbon plant
Botanical NameDracaena sanderiana
FamilyAsparagaceae
Plant TypePerennial shrub
Mature Size1–5 ft. tall, 1–2 ft. wide (indoors)
Sun ExposurePartial shade
Soil TypeWater or moist but well-drained soil
Soil pHAcidic
Bloom TimeFall, winter (does not bloom indoors)
Flower ColorWhite
Hardiness Zones10–11 (USDA), but typically used indoors
Native AreaAfrica
ToxicityToxic to animals

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Lucky Bamboo Care

Lucky bamboo has a well-earned reputation as being nearly indestructible, which makes this plant ideal for novice gardeners or forgetful waterers. You may want to get the light and water levels just right for your lucky bamboo so it thrives. Lucky bamboo is easy to care for as long as you grow it in good quality water.

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Light

When it comes to light, lucky bamboo prefers bright, filtered sunlight, such as what is found under a rainforest canopy. Avoid direct sunlight as it will scorch the leaves. They are more tolerant of too little light than too much. If the plant begins to stretch, however, or the green fades, provide more light. Rotate your plant often so that the light reaches the entire plant evenly.

Soil

Lucky bamboo can be grown in well-drained, rich potting soil. The soil should be kept moist, but not soaked. Additionally, it can thrive well when housed in pebbles or simply a vase filled with water, as long as it has at least an inch of standing water at all times.

Water

Lucky bamboo is very sensitive to chlorine and other chemicals commonly found in tap water. Tap water is fine to use unless you havehard water(containing a lot of minerals). Because of this, it's a good idea to 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.

If growing in a water vase filled with pebbles, change the water weekly to avoid any diseases and odors. Make sure that the water is always completely covering the roots. Add a bit of water every two to seven days as needed. Completely change the water every two to three months or more frequently if you find the water giving off a foul odor.

Temperature and Humidity

As you may expect, lucky bamboo plants prefer warmer temperatures, ranging between 65 degrees Fahrenheit and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Avoid placing your plant anywhere near a draft (hot or cold), in front of an air conditioner, heating vent, or by a drafty window.Average humidity is fine for your lucky bamboo plant, so don't stress about increasing the levels in your home.

Fertilizer

A single drop of liquid fertilizer each month is plenty for most lucky bamboo arrangements. Alternatively, specialty lucky bamboo fertilizers are available.

Plants grown in water will only need to be fed every other month or so using a very weak liquid fertilizer. Healthy lucky bamboo roots are red, so don't be alarmed if you can see red roots floating in a glass vase.

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Pruning

Despite its complex appearance, lucky bamboo is not pruned and shaped in the same way as bonsai, with plant wire and judicious trimming. Pruning is an important part of keeping your lucky bamboo healthy. Over time, most plants will become top-heavy, or intricate shapes will begin to lose their form but trimming helps keep that under control. In general, it's not a good idea to cut the main stalk of lucky bamboo. Instead, cut the offshoots using sterile snippers. You can trim them back to within an inch or two of the main stem. New shoots will soon emerge, and the resulting plant will be bushier. To discourage new growth, dip the cut end in paraffin.

The shapes of lucky bamboo plants are formed not by trimming, but by rotating the plant stalks in front of a light source, which causes the plant to naturally grow toward the light. Professionals often grow stalks on their sides to create their distinctive spiraling shapes. But at home, this is a laborious process that takes patience and time to get right. It can be accomplished by placing the plants under a three-sided box, then paying close attention to their growth rates, and rotating the plants slowly and regularly.

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Propagating Lucky Bamboo

You canpropagate lucky bambooat any time using cuttings to create new plants for yourself or to give to someone as an auspicious gift. But the rooting won't be shaped like the kind of plant you'd purchase. Take these steps to propagate lucky bamboo:

  1. Use a sterile, sharp cutting shear to take a stem cutting off the main stalk that has at least one leaf joint and trim the leaves to expose the growth nodes.
  2. Put the bare cutting into a container filled with enough distilled water to completely cover the bottom of the cutting.
  3. Keep the water clean and fresh as you watch for the development of red roots. Roots should appear in around 30 days.
  4. When the roots emerge, put the stalk in a decorative vase with water and pebbles or a pot with soil.

Potting and Repotting Lucky Bamboo

A lucky bamboo arrangement in a low dish or bowl should have at least one inch of space between the stalks and the edge of the vessel. This space allows the roots to spread out and support the plant. If your stalks are growing in a large glass vase, be sure the vessel is proportionate to the bamboo's height and can support the stalks. The water level should be just enough to fully submerge the roots but should not rise to meet the stalks.

If your plant has outgrown its vessel, transplanting lucky bamboo is relatively easy. Take these simple steps to repot the plant:

  1. Start with a clean container that is slightly bigger than the current one.
  2. If the lucky bamboo is growing in a pot of pebbles, gently dig up a planted lucky bamboo.
  3. Clean the pebbles with water before placing them in the new container.
  4. Carefully add the bamboo plant and take care to nestle the roots within the pebbles. You may need to add more pebbles to cover the roots and support the plant.
  5. If your bamboo is growing in a pot of water without pebbles, simply remove the stalks from the water, place them in a larger container and refill the water to the same level.

Common Pests

Lucky bamboo is susceptible to the same insect problems as other indoor tropical plants. They can be treated manually (picking off bugs) or by the same methods you'd use on any other indoor plant. Watch for mealybugs, aphids, and mites. You can even wash the entire plant in a very mild liquid dish soap and water (rinse thoroughly) to remove bugs, as well as any moldy spots.

Common Problems With Lucky Bamboo

Although lucky bamboo is an easy-going plant, there are a few issues to be on the lookout for as it grows. If your lucky bamboo plant dies, it will not mean you are going to have bad luck, it simply means it didn't receive ideal care or its lifespan has simply ended. The problems with this plant usually have to do with the quality of water used to grow and maintain the plant. Taking care to stay on top of changing the water and using the right quality water may eliminate any of the following problems.

Browning Leaf Tips

Chlorinated water or water with high levels of additives can cause leaf tips to turn brown and possibly kill the plant over time. Remove affected leaves with a sterile, sharp scissor. Remove dead leaves from the water so they do not rot because this may introduce bacteria.

Black Roots

There could be many reasons a plant develops black roots. The best course of action is to use small clean snips to cut the black roots away immediately and return the stalks to a container of new water.

Algae

If you notice algae growing in the water, it's usually because the plant is potted in a clear vase, allowing light to penetrate, and encouraging algae growth. Just clean out the vase so it's squeaky clean (use mild liquid dish detergent and water) and start again. You may want to switch to an opaque container if algae is a persistent problem.

Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves on lucky bamboo usually indicate that the plant is receiving too much sun or too much fertilizer. Cut out the fertilizer and move the plant to a shadier location.

Brown Leaves

Brown leaves on lucky bamboo usually indicate dry air or polluted water. You can raise the humidity level by spraying the plant regularly. Make sure you're using the appropriate quality of water in the container, as well.

Mushy Stalks

If the stalks themselves begin to rot or turn mushy and black, they are likely beyond saving. It also means the roots are dead or dying. Many reasons contribute to dead stalks, such as poor water quality, a fungus, or bacteria that was growing in the plant when it was received.Decaying stalks threaten any other stalks they are close to, so your best bet is to remove them at once. If you have surviving stalks, you will need to change the water and replace the stones that were in the container.

FAQ

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  • Is lucky bamboo a good indoor plant?

    Lucky bamboo can grow indoors and outdoors. However, the best conditions for a lucky bamboo plant are indoors where it is warm but away from harsh sunlight.

  • How long will lucky bamboo live?

    Lucky bamboo is a short-lived plant and lives for one to two years. However, expect your plant to live a few years longer if you transfer it to a pot with soil.

  • Where should I place lucky bamboo in my home?

    According to feng shui design, placing lucky bamboo anywhere will inspire prosperity in that area. Specifically, put a lucky bamboo plant on your desk for career growth, in your entryway for new beginnings, in a bedroom for harmonious relationships, and the wealth area of any room (far left corner from the doorway) for financial abundance.

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FAQs

How do I shape my lucky bamboo? ›

The shapes of lucky bamboo plants are formed not by trimming, but by rotating the plant stalks in front of a light source, which causes the plant to naturally grow toward the light. Professionals often grow stalks on their sides to create their distinctive spiraling shapes.

How do you shape bamboo growth? ›

Keep rotating the plant every once in a while always turning the same direction if you wish for the

How can I increase my lucky bamboo growth? ›

Change the water every 7 to 10 days, cleaning the pebbles and container as well. Normally, lucky bamboo will grow fine without any fertilizer, but if you wish, you can give it a small drop of houseplant fertilizer monthly. Since this plant grows in the shade of taller trees in nature, keep it out of direct sunlight.

How do you cut and shape bamboo? ›

In nature your bamboo stand will fold down to the ground so if you have room for that go ahead and

How do I make my lucky bamboo grow curly? ›

Lucky bamboo plants need indirect light to thrive, and at least some of their cells must know this because the stalk of the plant grows in the direction of the light. The trick to "curling" the stem is to manipulate it's growth pattern, using light, until it has wound itself into a circle.

Does lucky bamboo regrow when cut? ›

If you wish to cut back your lucky bamboo more drastically, with the intention to reshape it, you can cut as many shoots as you want flush to the stalk. Usually new shoots will not regrow from the pruned areas due to the close cuts.

How fast does lucky bamboo grow? ›

A young lucky bamboo plant can grow up to 19 inches every six months. Its mature height can reach between 3 and 5 feet (averaging about 3).

How do I make my bamboo bushier? ›

Cut lower branches off at their origin on the culm. To maintain nice appearance, it's best to use hedge trimmers or a mower to cut dwarf bamboo plants back to ground level every year, as you would with many ornamental grasses. This helps to rejuvenate the plant and keep it looking dense and bushy.

What is the best fertilizer for lucky bamboo? ›

Green Green promotes and speeds up the growth of flowers and plants, especially lucky bamboo. Simply add a few drops to water when you change it out.

Does lucky bamboo grow better in soil or water? ›

Lucky bamboo can be grown in soil or water. If you're growing the plant in water, filtered or distilled water is your best option for keeping your bamboo's roots moist and healthy. (Tap water may contain chemicals that can burn its stalks). Always use clean water to refresh your plant.

What type of soil is best for lucky bamboo? ›

While it craves shade outdoors, indoor lucky bamboo needs bright indirect light. Placing it too close to a sunny window may cause the leaves to scorch and turn brown. It prefers nutrient-rich, slightly acidic soil with a pH of 6.0 to 6.5. As discussed, sandy loam or cactus and succulent potting mix are ideal.

How do I keep my bamboo upright? ›

You can tie the entire bamboo groove together into one bundle. This is a very simple way to help your plants stay upright. The culms will support each other and stand straight.

Does bamboo need fertilizer? ›

Soil/Fertilizing

Bamboo is happiest in a neutral to slightly acidic, well draining but moisture retentive potting soil. We recommend fertilizing 3x per growing season (spring - summer) with a high nitrogen grass fertilizer: 20-5-10 (NPK) with added iron, for example.

Should I cut the dead leaves off my bamboo? ›

Care of a Browning Bamboo

Once you've resolved the reason for a browning bamboo plant, the plant should rebound nicely. However, it's a good idea to trim the browned leaves or tips with a clean, sharp pair of scissors. Cut the leaves at an angle to create a more natural appearance.

How do you train indoor bamboo? ›

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How many bamboo stalks are lucky? ›

7 is always considered to be a lucky number. There are 7 colours in a rainbow and 7 days in a week! The placement of 7 stalks of bamboo can bring more love and romance to your relationship.

How do you put lucky bamboo in water? ›

If growing it in water, use bottled, distilled, filtered or rainwater as the plant can be sensitive to chemicals, especially chlorine, in tap water. Alternatively, leave the tap water to stand for 24 hours, so that the chlorine can evaporate. Grow in around 5cm of water, ensuring the roots are covered.

How often should I water lucky bamboo? ›

Your lucky Bamboo plant doesn't need a lot of water. In fact, too much is bad for it. Water your plant about once a week and ensure that there's a few inches at all times, enough to cover the roots. If you have soil in your pot, make sure that it's not too moist or dry.

Does lucky bamboo grow curly? ›

Lucky bamboo naturally grow straight. However, spiral, curled, and braided lucky bamboo varieties must be trained to reach their final shape. In order to do so, ideal conditions must be met during the growing process. Â The humid wetlands of China and Indonesia make training lucky bamboo the perfect environment.

Can you root bamboo in water? ›

Many people prefer propagating lucky bamboo in water because it's easy and effective. Simply place your cutting in a small glass filled with a few inches of distilled water. If you have multiple cuttings, you can place them in the same glass.

Should lucky bamboo be tied together? ›

As long as the ties are not binding into the stems, you can leave them. People often add ribbon or ties to lucky bamboo (dracaena sanderiana) stalks for aesthetic reasons only. In fact, golden or red ribbon is used to symbolize additional good fortune. Water level should be at least a couple of inches.

How tall can lucky bamboo grow? ›

The lucky bamboo is an evergreen plant, and can be planted both indoors and outdoors. When planted in a conducive area that can promote growth, the plant is capable of reaching a height of up to 8 feet tall and can grow in width by up to 2 feet.

How do you repot lucky bamboo? ›

Choose a pot or container with a diameter that is at least 2 inches wider than the stalks you are re-planting. Fill the bottom of the pot with stones of gravel to improve the drainage of the soil. Place the stalks close together and hold them in place with more of the stones or gravel.

Can lucky bamboo survive without sunlight? ›

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According to feng shui, the lucky bamboo plants attract auspicious energy, depending on the number of stalks clumped together. These low light indoor plants that grow without sunlight are available in various sizes to suit any corner of your home.

Why is my lucky bamboo not growing? ›

Lucky bamboo does best in filtered or indirect sunlight. If you expose it to too much direct light, the plant can be scorched and possibly die. However, if you have it under only artificial light or if it receives too little light, it may stop growing.

How long can lucky bamboo live? ›

Lifespan. The longevity of Lucky Bamboo depends largely on the care it is shown. When provided with pure water and kept out of direct sunlight, it can live for nearly a decade. Ordinarily, though, most Lucky Bamboo plants persist for one to five years.

Can I cut off the top of my bamboo plant? ›

You can also top (remove the upper portion) bamboo to create a lush topiary appearance. Once topped, bamboo will never grow vertically again. Bamboo doesn't experience secondary woody growth like a tree. Once the bamboo is topped, it will remain the same height for all of the cane's life cycle.

How do you trim lucky bamboo roots? ›

Step 1: Gently remove the lucky bamboo from the water and rocks. Give the bamboo a good rinse of water. Step 2: Once the bamboo has been cleaned, with the use of a sharp clean scissor or garden shears you want to trim the roots of the bamboo. The trim should be no more than 1/3 of the length from the ends of the roots.

How much water does a bamboo need? ›

Bamboo does best if it gets at least 1 inch (2.5 cm..) of water a week, either from rainfall or manual watering. Water bamboo deeply to encourage deep roots, which will help protect your bamboo from drought.

What plant food is best for bamboo? ›

Bamboos are grasses, so appreciate a feed high in nitrogen – we recommend using The Palm Centre Slow Release Bamboo Fertiliser (one application lasts up to 6 months), but also lawn feed (but not feed and weed!), fish blood & bone or, indeed, any garden plant fertiliser is better than none.

Does lucky bamboo need plant food? ›

Growing Lucky Bamboo

Water or soil as a growing medium; water should be rainwater or filtered water. Occasional fertilizer. Daily misting to keep humidity up.

Why do lucky bamboo leaves turn yellow? ›

Too much sunlight: A lucky bamboo plant needs bright but filtered sunlight, similar to the light beneath the canopy of a tropical forest. Lucky bamboo often turns yellow if it sits in a window with too much direct sunlight, which can scorch the leaves and stress the plant.

Do bamboo plants need rocks? ›

Lucky bamboo plants can grow in soil, water, or even rocks. They are some of the most hardy plants, and need little attention provided they are given optimal growing conditions. You will need to repot your lucky bamboo if its roots are crowded or if the plant itself is too big for the old pot.

Where should I place my bamboo plant? ›

Bamboo grows well in bright, indirect light. Placing it in direct sunlight can burn the leaves. On the other hand, if you put it in a dark corner, the leaves will turn yellow. According to bamboo plant Vastu, it should be planted in the eastern corner of the house.

What can I feed my bamboo plant in water? ›

In water: Fertilize your lucky bamboo every couple of months (you can go longer). You can use a little dirty aquarium water (if you have it) or a diluted (tenth of the normal strength) water-soluble houseplant fertilizer. The best time to fertilize is when you change the water.

Does lucky bamboo multiply? ›

If you already have one of these beauties and it's been growing strong, you can propagate it to create more plants if you want more. Once you've propagated, you can then let the new plants grow for a bit and either decorate your home with your own indoor lucky bamboo garden or give them away to friends and family.

Does bamboo need sun? ›

Most bamboo require at least six hours of direct sun per day. While some varieties tolerate more shade, the more sunlight you can offer, in general, the happier the plant. The ideal spot is in an atrium or greenhouse where light and humidity can be higher. Proper watering is a key factor.

Does lucky bamboo flower? ›

Flowering: In their natural tropical habitat grown outdoors the lucky bamboo will flower, but grown indoors they will not. How it looks: Most of these are sold with about 3 stalks that look very similar to real bamboo plant's (although they're not bamboo) and grow light green shoots with slim and long arching leaves.

How do I make my lucky bamboo stalk thicker? ›

Both watering the lucky bamboo plant and using mulch effectively will give it more of a chance to grow strong. You should notice your lucky bamboo stalk getting thicker over time if you're caring for it well.

Why is my lucky bamboo drooping? ›

As a rule of thumb, if the leaves are curling sideways (lengthwise) this means your bamboo is stressed and not getting enough water. If the leaves are drooping downward, your bamboo might be getting too much water and/or not enough drainage.

When should I repot my bamboo? ›

Bamboo grows quickly, so must be repotted when you start seeing leaves that are much lighter in color than usual, markedly fewer new shoots and stalks that are thin and weak.

How do you make bamboo greener? ›

1. Ensure the bamboo plant is getting enough good quality water. While bamboos are by nature really hardy and great for low-maintenance gardens if yours is struggling and especially if the leaves are starting to turn from lush green to yellow, you are best switching from tap water to filtered water.

What conditions does bamboo like? ›

Most bamboos thrive in moist, well-drained soil. They can be grown in most soil types, but some do better in acid soil – avoid wet, boggy or dry conditions. Most bamboos prefer sun but some species, such as Sasa bamboos, can be grown in shade.

How do I know if my bamboo is overwatered? ›

Generally, symptoms of over-watered bamboo or bamboo planted in a wet site are excess yellowing foliage, rotting new canes and leaf tip die back.

Can I cut lucky bamboo in half? ›

Lucky Bamboo gets taller as the stems (or shoots) grow, not by the stalk (or cane) growing. If you prune the cane by half, then the height of your plant will be reduced by at least half. Lucky Bamboo, or Dracaena sanderiana, naturally grows straight.

Can yellow bamboo turn green again? ›

Plant Expert Reply:

Once a lucky bamboo stalk turns yellow it will not turn back to green. If the stalk is staying firm, you can leave it be. However, I usually remove the yellowing stalks from a container holding healthy green stalks. You can propagate new stalks from the yellow one if it still has green parts.

Can a bamboo plant be trimmed? ›

Most bamboo can be pruned for shaping or size control purposes without fear of damaging the plant. Just trim so it looks attractive. You can prune any time of year that new shoots are not emerging from the ground. I usually prune my bamboo in late winter, when I'm pruning many other shrubs and trees in the landscape.

How do you swirl bamboo plants? ›

Professional growers train their plants to spiral simply by placing the plant on its side. With the stem now horizontal, its tip will therefore start to turn towards the light above, producing new growth almost straight up. But after a few weeks, the growers turn the stems a bit clockwise (or counterclockwise).

Can I cut the roots of lucky bamboo? ›

Plant Expert Reply:

Yes, you can trim excess roots from your lucky bamboo. Just trim the roots the same way you do your hair from the ends back to the stalk.

Can you braid bamboo? ›

Braided bamboo is one of the most popular versions of this lucky little plant. Though nurseries charge more for braided stalks, you can avoid this added cost by braiding your bamboo at home. Bamboo is a malleable plant.

What is the best fertilizer for lucky bamboo? ›

Green Green promotes and speeds up the growth of flowers and plants, especially lucky bamboo. Simply add a few drops to water when you change it out.

Where do you cut lucky bamboo? ›

If you take a close look at the stalk of your lucky bamboo plant, you will see clearly defined rings, called nodes, on it. Make your pruning cut just above one of the nodes. Your cuts must be clean and smooth to minimize the chance of infection. There is no need to cut either the shoots or the stalk at an angle.

How do I keep my bamboo upright? ›

You can tie the entire bamboo groove together into one bundle. This is a very simple way to help your plants stay upright. The culms will support each other and stand straight.

What type of soil is best for lucky bamboo? ›

While it craves shade outdoors, indoor lucky bamboo needs bright indirect light. Placing it too close to a sunny window may cause the leaves to scorch and turn brown. It prefers nutrient-rich, slightly acidic soil with a pH of 6.0 to 6.5. As discussed, sandy loam or cactus and succulent potting mix are ideal.

Does lucky bamboo grow better in soil or water? ›

Lucky bamboo can be grown in soil or water. If you're growing the plant in water, filtered or distilled water is your best option for keeping your bamboo's roots moist and healthy. (Tap water may contain chemicals that can burn its stalks). Always use clean water to refresh your plant.

How often should I water lucky bamboo? ›

Your lucky Bamboo plant doesn't need a lot of water. In fact, too much is bad for it. Water your plant about once a week and ensure that there's a few inches at all times, enough to cover the roots. If you have soil in your pot, make sure that it's not too moist or dry.

Where should I place lucky bamboo in my house? ›

According to bamboo plant Vastu, it should be planted in the eastern corner of the house. This zone in the house represents the energy of the family. Placing it near the entrance of the house will attract positive energy.

Does bamboo grow back after cutting? ›

But don't fear, if you trim too short, you will still get new shoots regrowing from the ground level each growing season to refresh the clump. It will grow back just like a bad haircut! Another great benefit is the majority of smaller screening bamboos are FLEXIBLE!

How fast does lucky bamboo grow? ›

A young lucky bamboo plant can grow up to 19 inches every six months. Its mature height can reach between 3 and 5 feet (averaging about 3).

Should you tie lucky bamboo? ›

As long as the ties are not binding into the stems, you can leave them. People often add ribbon or ties to lucky bamboo (dracaena sanderiana) stalks for aesthetic reasons only. In fact, golden or red ribbon is used to symbolize additional good fortune. Water level should be at least a couple of inches.

Is braided bamboo lucky? ›

Lucky Bamboo is a plant that is well-known for bringing good luck and is easy to grow. Lucky bamboo plants make perfect gifts for any occasion and can symbolize ingredients to a happy life.

What is stalks in bamboo plant? ›

Wood – the stalks of the bamboo. Earth – the rocks or pebbles inside the container (best in shades of brown) Water – where the bamboo grows.

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