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Dracaena sanderiana

About Lucky Bamboo

Lucky Bamboo Stalk Arrangement with SpiralAncient traditions believe that Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana) brings Health, Happiness, Love, and Wealth. Lucky Bamboo plants are the oldest Lucky Charm known to man. The perfect indoor plant.

Lucky Bamboo plants grow naturally under the canopy of wet tropical rain forests and are imported into the U.S. from tropical areas in Japan, China, Southeast Asia, Africa, and South America.

There are just a few simple rules for growing Lucky Bamboo - First, avoid direct sunlight as Lucky Bamboo needs very little light to thrive. Second, the Lucky Bamboo roots must be kept moist at all times. Lucky Bamboo prefers a few inches of fresh or filtered water. The stalks will also thrive in a soil mixture as long as this soil holds a lot of water.

Very popular in the art of Feng Shui, you will find lucky bamboo stalks at business establishments to bring luck and fortune to the business owners; you will also find lucky bamboo in homes to bring luck and happiness. You will even find lucky bamboo on an office desk to help bring success in moving up the corporate ladder.

Lucky Bamboo General Care & Maintenance

LIGHTING: The lighting requirements for Lucky Bamboo plants are moderate to low light. You can grow Lucky Bamboo plants in your kitchen, bathroom, hallway, or an office that gets no direct light. In fact, you will want to avoid too much sunlight. Lucky Bamboo plants grow naturally under the canopy of wet tropical rain forests. They need very little sunlight to thrive. The more indirect light, the better. If you see browning on the tips of the leaves, your Lucky Bamboo plant is probably receiving too much sunlight.

WATERING: Lucky Bamboo plants must be kept moist all the time. We recommend putting your Lucky Bamboo plants in enough water to cover at least one-third of the stalk. Lucky Bamboo prefers a few inches of fresh or filtered water once a week, all the way to the top of the container. We also recommend that you change the water in the container once a month.

FERTILIZING: You can fertilize your Lucky Bamboo plant once a month with our Lucky Bamboo Fertilizer.

PLANTING: Lucky Bamboo plants are planted in water with pebbles, marbles, etc. to hold the stalks upright. Lucky Bamboo plants cannot be planted outdoors unless you live in a tropical rainforest-like environment. Also, Lucky Bamboo plants do not like temperatures below 40 degrees F.

Common Problems with Lucky Bamboo

One of the most common problems seen with Lucky Bamboo plants is a yellowing of the stalk and stems. There are three main causes for this problem:

  • Lack of enough fresh water. Lucky Bamboo plants love to be in lots of fresh water.
  • Impurities in the water. You need to use water that is good enough for you to drink.
  • Exposure of the stalks to extreme temperatures. Excessive heat or cold will positively cause your Lucky Bamboo plants to turn yellow and kill them.

There are many pests and diseases that affect Lucky Bamboo plants. Aphids, mites, fungi, and ants are just a few of the more common problems. These diseases do not attack healthy plants - they attack Lucky Bamboo plants that are going through stress from improper watering, or temperature problems (too hot or cold). One of the easiest ways to keep your Lucky Bamboo plants healthy is to spray the foliage and stalks with fresh water on a regular basis. Insects breathe through their skin and when you expose them to water you are effectively suffocating them. If you do encounter a disease or insect problem, we recommend using “Safer Insecticidal Soap” because it is non-toxic and environmentally friendly.

Growing Lucky Bamboo

One of the fun things we find with Lucky Bamboo plants is that you can propagate new Lucky Bamboo by taking cuttings off your original stalks. The easiest way to start a new Lucky Bamboo plant from a donor plant is to cut off a portion of a shoot once it gets foliage on it at least eight to ten inches in length. We recommend cutting the Lucky Bamboo shoot at a 30 degree angle about five inches away from where the stalk originated. Then place this cutting in fresh water and in about thirty days you will have a new, rooted lucky bamboo stalk.

The method to force a Lucky Bamboo stalk to produce another shoot is to cut through the entire stalk about one-quarter of an inch above a segment on the Lucky Bamboo cane. Let this cut area dry and then cover it with wax. In a few weeks you will start to see a new bud begin to burst out from the area just below the segmented area of the Lucky Bamboo cane.

You may break off a cane or two at anytime and give it to a friend or loved one to enhance their good fortune. Then, all they need do is keep the Lucky Bamboo canes wet until they form roots. It's as simple as that!

How do you make Lucky Bamboo plants grow those exotic waves and spirals shapes? The Lucky Bamboo plants are first grown in a plastic grow pot. A furrow is plowed into the clay-like soil at a 45 degree angle the length of the shade house. The Lucky Bamboo plant in the plastic grow pot is then laid on its side in this furrow at a 45 degree angle. Periodically, about every month, the Lucky Bamboo plants are rotated 15 degrees. This same process is repeated until the desired shape is reached. This can sometimes take up to two years. The Chinese have a lot of agricultural land, a lot of hard working people, and are extremely patient. These traits are a huge advantage in dealing with Lucky Bamboo plants, Bonsai trees, and Feng Shui.

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