Feng shui practitioners have made the lucky bamboo, a plant that symbolizes good fortune, into a popular household accessory. Easy to grow and care for, the lucky bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana) can even grow in places with only artificial light. This plant is not really bamboo, but is part of the lily family. It grows naturally in Africa and southeast Asia; many of these plants have been imported into the United States from China.
Lucky bamboo thrives in USDA hardiness zones 10 and 11. Don't expose it to temperatures lower than 50 F. It likes temperatures in the 65 to 95 F range and prefers boggy wetland or tropical rain forest climates.
Give the lucky bamboo about a couple of inches to grow roots, then make sure the roots are constantly covered with water. When the container gets down to halfway full, add water. Replace the water every one or two weeks. Filtered or rain water is best, because the plant doesn't like the chemicals in tap water. You can add a little liquid fertilizer once every two months when you change the water as well.
Lucky bamboo survives on low light, but for the best growth, you should provide moderate to plenty of indirect light. Alternately, you can move the plant every few days from a low, artificial light source to a brighter light source.
The number of stalks in a lucky bamboo plant determines different types of associated luck. The number for each type varies according to the source you use, but generally you can decide between receiving happiness, love, wealth, health, overall good fortune and blessings. The more stalks the plant has, the more it costs.
The stalks of the lucky bamboo grow straight naturally but will bend toward light, forming a spiral. Expose it to a strong light source on one side. When you see it bend towards the light, turn the plant by rotating the pot by an inch. Keep turning it gradually as it continues curling toward the light. Lucky bamboo only grows between 1 and 3 inches a year, so it'll take some time. If you're not that patient, you can buy bamboo plants in spirals and other shapes.
Lucky bamboo is toxic when ingested, so put it where pets and children can't reach it. This may mean opting for a smaller plant to sit on a high shelf rather than a bigger plant for the hallway. Also avoid putting it on sunny windowsills or near any heat or air-conditioning units, so that it doesn't get too hot or cold.