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Lucky Bamboo plant – the symbol of good luck

Updated on March 31, 2013
Lucky Bamboo - the symbol of good luck
Lucky Bamboo - the symbol of good luck

Lucky Bamboo - what is it?

Lucky Bamboo is a traditional name for this evergreen up-straight plant with long thin leaves. However, the real name is Draceana canderiana and it has little in common with the real bamboo. But it does have some resemblance with the real bamboo though it is smaller in size.

In China, for more than 4000 years it is considered as a symbol of prosperity. It is often used in Feng Shui – the practice where the world is viewed as the interaction of the five elements: water, fire, earth, wood and metal. With its green color and thin vertical forms, the lucky bamboo possesses all the characteristics of the element of wood. Wood means growth, and, according to Feng Shui, it grows wealth, good luck and any kind of positive thing you want to grow. It is considered that this plant attracts the flow of the positive chi energy wherever it is placed.

In nature, bamboo is a tall plant with strong stems and it is used to make furniture
In nature, bamboo is a tall plant with strong stems and it is used to make furniture
Bamboo groves in Japan
Bamboo groves in Japan

How to make the best use of the Lucky Bamboo

The following combinations of the Lucky Bamboo are recommended:

  • Three stems attract happiness.
  • Five stems attract wealth.
  • Seven stems give good health.
  • Twenty one stems suppose universal well-being and prosperity.

In the East it is considered that growing of the wealth of the receiving person makes the giving person more wealthy. This makes the Lucky Bamboo an ideal gift. Lucky bamboo is given as a gift to guests on a wedding. Traditionally, when a stem is gifted from the bundle to a guest, this means sharing good luck. Also, when the guests on a wedding receive a bundle of three stems, the marriage will last long and will make the spouses happy. Great luck is attracted by the combination of twenty spiral-like stems, that is the symbol of any kind of friendship, compassion and care.This gift is called “the tower of love”. This combination can be placed in the south, in the east, or in the south-east sector of your home or office.

Sometimes you can discover that the Lucky Bamboo that you bought is laced by a red or a golden ribbon which intensifies its positive effect. If you want your Lucky Bamboo to give you the most of luck, choose a flowerpot with a picture of a lucky animal: this can be a dragon, an elephant, a panda or a frog. You can also hang the charms of good luck on your magic plant.

Red ribbon added to the Lucky Bamboo attracts more of positive change
Red ribbon added to the Lucky Bamboo attracts more of positive change
Gold ribbon is often added to the Lucky Bamboo to intensify its positive effect
Gold ribbon is often added to the Lucky Bamboo to intensify its positive effect

How to take care of your Lucky Bamboo?

The Lucky Bamboo does not need much care. You need to keep the water fresh, changing it every week and add a solution from time to time such as an African Violet Fertilizer. The Lucky Bamboo loves sunlight, but not the direct sun rays. Also, it likes its leaves wiped once in a while! You can pot your Lucky Bamboo or just place it in the water, and to add an artistic eye, you can plant it in the transparent vase with colorful granules. The distilled and spring water is the best for your Lucky Bamboo!

They say, the Lucky Bamboo blooms very rarely but if it does bloom, you can see white springs of flowers with a strong and sweet smell. And this plant can stay long in your home attracting good luck and success.

With little care that it needs, you can keep the Lucky Bamboo in the office as well as at home.

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Other plants, flowers and trees of good luck

If you have a garden or a yard, you can improve your Feng Shui with more trees, flowers and plants of good luck. These are the flowers of lotus, orchid, peony, the philodendron plant or the trees of magnolia, pine or fruit trees. If you live in an apartment, you can vivify your balcony or windowsill with colorful flowerpots with lucky plants in them.

Orchids are in Feng Shui flowers of good luck
Orchids are in Feng Shui flowers of good luck
Peony - the symbol of good luck
Peony - the symbol of good luck
The Lotos flower creates a good chi
The Lotos flower creates a good chi
Magnolia is perfect for the harmonious garden
Magnolia is perfect for the harmonious garden
Philodendron - lucky plant
Philodendron - lucky plant
Fruit trees bring good harmony to your garden
Fruit trees bring good harmony to your garden


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    • Lisabean2202 profile image

      Lisa Bean 

      19 months ago from Nevada

      I have a bamboo plant but it's not super happy at the moment. I think our colder temperatures are causing it. I may need to find it a different sized pot too. Thanks for the great info here!

    • avorodisa profile imageAUTHOR

      Anna Sidorova 

      4 years ago from Russia

      Hi! Sure it will attract wealth. Good luck to you.

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      Sushma Dugar 

      4 years ago

      I bought a 3 tier bamboo plant with 42 stalks . is this ok to attract wealth? My whole idea is to attract wealth and up my career.

    • avorodisa profile imageAUTHOR

      Anna Sidorova 

      5 years ago from Russia

      fpherj48, thank you for reading and good luck!!

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      5 years ago from Carson City

      avorodisa.........Well, this settles it! Right about now, I could use some luck, believe me. Thanks so much for sharing this info with your readers........time for me to go bamboo shopping!. Up+++

    • avorodisa profile imageAUTHOR

      Anna Sidorova 

      6 years ago from Russia

      Hi, Olivia. If you want to use your feng shui plant as a cure, you may place it in a specific bagua area for wealth - in the south-east, for better health - in the east, or use it as an annual feng shui cure for a bagua area that needs wood element. This year 2014 it is the center of the bagua that will benefit from wood element a lot.

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      6 years ago

      I want to change my bamboo plant, is there any specific procedure based on feng shui? Tnx

    • avorodisa profile imageAUTHOR

      Anna Sidorova 

      8 years ago from Russia

      shara63, nature is beautiful, wise and powerful. When symbolism is attached to it, it only becomes more magical. Thank you for your gorgeous comment!

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      8 years ago from Delhi

      nice post with gorgeous photos!

      ...all healthy plants are gud in one or other way for the environment and thus for we human beings too! luv nature, luv plants!

    • avorodisa profile imageAUTHOR

      Anna Sidorova 

      8 years ago from Russia

      Roshanh, interesting question. I guess this can be done while the bamboo stems are still very young and keep growing. You can actually find the curved ones in the flower shops.

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      8 years ago

      Interesting Hub.

      How to bend them nicely, in a curved manner?


    • avorodisa profile imageAUTHOR

      Anna Sidorova 

      9 years ago from Russia

      Thanx for the comment and I wish you all the best of Feng Shui luck!

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      9 years ago from London

      That was really interesting thank you for posting, I was always intrigued by the bamboo displays and now I understand them too.


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