Lucky Bamboo is a symbol of luck and success.
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Lucky bamboo has been grown in the home for centuries to promote luck and success of the occupants, but it really is not a bamboo at all. It is a member of the Dracaena family native to the rainforest floor in Southeast Asia and Africa. It thrives in low-light conditions and adapts easily to new surroundings. Its upright growth and rich green color makes it ideal to promote positive energy associated with the ancient art of Feng Shui. This easy to care for plant is ideal for the home or office with low-light conditions that may inhibit growth of other plants.
Plant lucky bamboo in a glass container or vase. Although any container can be used, transparent glass that allows display of the roots is preferred. Fill the bottom of the vase with 2 to 3 inches of pebbles, glass nuggets or other decorative stones. Place the bamboo in the glass, and add 3 inches of distilled water. Allow tap water to set for 24 hours to remove chlorine or other additives before adding to lucky bamboo.
Place in an area that receives bright indirect light. Lucky bamboo will grow with less light, but for optimum growth, it needs several hours of bright light each day. Setting it near a sunny window but out of direct sunlight is best. Observe the foliage for any signs of discoloration due to excessive light or tall spindly growth if light is insufficient. Adjust as necessary to find the best lighting for your lucky bamboo.
Maintain temperatures between 65 and 75 degrees. Avoid drafty areas where the temperatures may dip below 50 at night. Normal household temperatures are adequate to meet the needs of bamboo.
Change water once a week; avoid stagnation. Pour old water gently from the side of the vase and refill with fresh water. Replace water lost due to evaporation promptly, and avoid letting the roots dry out.
Fertilize with water-soluble fertilizer mixed to 1/10th strength once every month or two. Fertilizer mixed at higher concentrations may burn tender roots and damage your plant. Bamboo planted in soil can withstand higher concentrations of fertilizer, if necessary, to promote lush green growth.