by Kathryn Weber
Today it’s hard to go to any nursery or florist and not see pots of lucky bamboo. It’s cultivated and arranged in small pots to large, fabulous interwoven designs. It’s striking and brings a bright green touch of nature to your home — and adds some great health and wealth feng shui too!
One of the most common questions, though, is whether it’s actually bamboo or not.
And, in fact, it is not bamboo but rather part of the dracaena sanderiana family. In addition to being called lucky bamboo, it’s also called Chinese water bamboo, friendship bamboo, or even feng shui bamboo. Even so, it still looks like bamboo, and for that reason it’s called that and makes us think of bamboo when we see it, making it fitting to be used like bamboo in your home or office.
To care for lucky bamboo is very easy. Lucky bamboo does best in medium light so try to put your bamboo somewhere where it will have plenty of light but not direct sunlight as this can burn the leaves.
Whether you keep your bamboo in water or water and pebbles, just make sure that the roots are covered with water and the water level is constant. Change the water completely at least once a month. If possible, used distilled water. Every other month add a very tiny amount of fertilizer. It can be grown either completely in water or put into pebbles and kept filled with water.
One of the ways lucky bamboo is used is in feng shui. Without question, bamboo is the quintessential plant that represents health, growth and longevity in Chinese and feng shui thought. But it also represents parts of a person’s character, which is flexibility and its ability to stay green year round is a reminder of the importance of remaining hopeful, positive, and optimistic.
In the home or office, bamboo is believed to dissolve negative chi energy. In the business environment, bamboo represents growth, longevity in business and profitability.
Besides using lucky bamboo as an enhancer, you can use lucky bamboo to activate your home for good fortune based on the number of individual bamboo stalks. You can choose the number of stalks based on your personal aspirations.
1 for opportunity, income
2 for love and happiness, attract a woman to your life
3 for growth, good health and family relationships
4 for wealth, education luck
5 for health, wealth and happiness
6 for good fortune, heavenly assistance, networking help, attract a man to your life
8 for good fortune, wealth and prosperity
9 for Future prosperity, social opportunity, and fame
In your home, use lucky bamboo in the wealth and health sectors, where they are most beneficial. The wood and growth energy are right at home here! But lucky bamboo is also an affective cure for annual afflictions like the 5 and 2 stars that bring health and financial problems wherever they visit.
In 2015 we have a particularly troublesome set of energies.
The 5 Yellow has moved to the west, making a vase of healthy and vibrant lucky bamboo a wonderful energizer for health and wealth and for taking some of the sting out of the 5 Star. The other energy to be concerned about is the 3 Killings which can cause serious loss of wealth, reputation, health, or the loss of a loved one.
A perfect way to handle both energies this year is a big vase of water with either 3 or 5 stalks of bamboo.
The water helps to reduce the metal energy from the 3 Killings west metal energy, and the bamboo’s wood energy helps to contain the 5 Yellow. For families with children, this is an especially important and easy cure as these two difficult energies will be in the west, the sector of children.
For more wealth assistance, add four stalks of bamboo in the southeast wealth corner this year where the Black 2 star of illness and financial problems is visiting. This is a great addition any year, but in 2015, it’s extra helpful – especially if you’d like to give your savings account a big boost.
Lucky bamboo can also be used to stimulate energy for love, travel, education and writing.
For instance, the 4 star of romance and education and writing luck are in the northwest corner this year. Adding lucky bamboo here can help stimulate this area with beneficial luck for romance and growth. So, you singles out there, go grab four stalks of bamboo in a vase of water to draw someone new and wonderful to your life – or use it for opportunities in education, travel, or writing and communication!
The next time you’re in a plant shop, give lucky bamboo a second luck. It’s a great feng shui enhancer and protector, too.