For over 4,000 years, bamboo has been considered a lucky plant. With the growing popularity of Feng Shui in Western countries, the lucky bamboo plant is now promoted in the United States and enjoys widespread availability.
The lucky bamboo plant is not a bamboo plant but is actually Dracaena sanderiana, a succulent shrub.
Lucky bamboo plants are sold with multiple stalks twisted together. The number of stalks represents what the plant is to provide luck with.
Three bamboo stalks attract happiness, 5 stalks attract wealth, 7 promise good health, and 21 stalks are given for a powerful, all-purpose blessing.
If you tie a red ribbon around the stalk of the plant, it is believed to jump start the plant into providing the luck sought by the owner.
Lucky bamboo plants prefer indirect sunlight and pure water. Fluoridated or highly chlorinated water can cause the leave tips to yellow. Too much sun causes them to turn brown.
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