Gifting or Buying Lucky Bamboos is latest trend in India. Thanks to the strong Feng Shui cure that it provides. As the plant's common name implies, tradition states that this plant brings good luck to its owner. Lucky bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana) is not a bamboo plant at all but a member of the Dracaena family, although it looks and grows like bamboo.
Why you should have a Lucky Bamboo?
Feng Shui principles claim that bamboo attracts auspicious chi energy. Lucky Bamboo Plant brings fortune, health, wealth, abundance and prosperity to your home or office. Bamboo is considered lucky because of its vitality, flexibility and strong growth. Since the bamboo plant is strong, it can energize your home.
The plant should represent each of the five elements: wood, water, earth, metal and fire. The bamboo stalk itself represents the wood, and the water it is grown in symbolizes the water. To represent earth, add few pebbles. To be sure that your plant also represents metal, put a metal coin in the bowl. Finally, for the fire element the lucky bamboo comes along with red ribbon tied on it.
Where to place the Lucky Bamboo?
Place the bamboo in lucky direction in the eastern section of your home or desk, which represents family in Feng Shui. If you want to invite wealth into your life, place the plant in the wealth area of your home, located in the Southeast, to activate that energy. Easy to maintain as it does not require any sunlight, and can be kept anywhere inside the house. Never place plants in a bedroom, even if it's a lucky bamboo. This creates too much yang energy and will have an inauspicious effect.
Care Tips and Instructions
Care for your plant by keeping clean, fresh water in the vase. Water quality influences the look of the plant. Use filtered water as excess minerals in tap water can turn the plant yellow or brown. Maintain the level of the water at one inch above the bottom of the stalks. Give them enough water to insure that the roots are always covered. Change the water once a week to prevent the roots from rotting.
What to do if the stalks and leaves are turning yellow?
Normally the reasons when Lucky Bamboo stalks turn yellow, it is an indication of something in the water, or a sign that the plant has been overfed. If the plant is exposed to too much sun even once in its lifetime it will turn yellow. During the winter if it is kept in extremely cold water it will turn yellow. If it is infected it will turn yellow.
Yellow parts in Lucky Bamboo represent the dead cells of the plant or we can say that the plant is dying, and needs your love and care.
If you are using too salty or heavily-fluoridated/ Chlorinated tap water to feed your lucky bamboo then it can be prevented by leaving tap water exposed to the air for a day before plant use. Salty or softened water can also cause this. The water should be bottled water, soft tap water with very little fluoride. You can also change the water to filter water and see the improvements. RO water is best for the bamboo.
Also another reason is due to strong light. Lucky Bamboo grows well in indirect sunlight. If your leaves are turning yellow then we recommend plucking them off with your fingers. This way you avoid the brown cut marks made by the interaction between the plant and the metal from the scissor blade. Yellow leaves should be plucked off as soon as possible. Also it is common in plants that the leaves turn yellow, as the plant has to shed its old leaves for the new leaves to grow. So don't worry much and just pluck it off with your fingers and soon new leaves will grow back.
If the stalk is yellowing and/or soft to the touch, cut the yellow part from the rest of the plant as soon as possible and put the green part in water and it will grow back again. If you cannot save it then replace with a new stalk. Root rotting is common if you do not replace your plant arrangements with fresh water. If you are using rocks to support the bamboo, remove the rocks. Rinse the container with mild soap and air dry. Insert the plants in the container and add water. Do not add the rocks yet. The rocks may contain chemicals that are affecting the plants. Once you know for certain it is not the rocks, you may add rocks back in to support the plant.
Ensure that you rinse the rocks with mild soap before insert it in the container. Change the water once a week or at least once in 10-14 days.
What to do if the stalk looks dried or wrinkled?
You can revive the bamboo if it is wrinkling. Wrinkling happens when a healthy plant doesn't receive enough water through it's roots. If this happens, place it in a tall glass or pitcher of water for about 3-4 days. Make sure that as much as possible is submerged without having the leaves under water. Make sure you keep at least 1 inch of water at all times. If the bamboo is not too stress from the lack of water, it may recover and the wrinkles may disappear. Some of the leaves will turn yellow/brown from the stress. Gently peel off the yellow/brown leaves.
Why isn't the stalk growing?
The stalk of the lucky bamboo has been cut and sealed. It will not grow any taller. The shoots or leaves are the only portions that will continue to grow.
How are the arrangements packaged?
The plant comes packaged individually .The Bowl is separately wrapped. Unwrap each of the items. Carefully remove the wrapping around the roots. These are water absorbent jelly used around the roots to keep them damp during travel. You can throw the jelly away. Then set the plant in the bowl, add the rocks, coin as suggested above, add the water and you are done!
Our Fortune plants or Lucky Bamboo are carefully grown in conditions where each growing phase of the plant is carefully monitored. Our lucky bamboo is healthy, vibrant and infection free. We want the best so that you can rest assured of having the highest of quality. Hope the tips for the Bamboo would work well for you and helps you to get all the benefits of Feng Shui! GOOD LUCK!
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