An important part of feng shui, lucky bamboo plants are said to bring good luck and fortune, especially if the plants are given as gifts.
These tough stalks can survive in vases of pure water or in containers of soil, and in a wide variety of light conditions.
These beauties have excellent root systems and are super healthy.
**Please note that the photos show a bundle of 10 bamboo canes. These canes are sold individually at $9 per cane.
*These can also be wrapped and sent as a special gift. Please leave a message in the notes section when you check out and I can write up a little notecard for you also.
All canes are wrapped in damp sphagnum moss to protect the roots during transit.
POSITION Lucky bamboo prefers bright, filtered sunlight. Avoid direct sunlight as it will scorch the leaves. They are more tolerant of too little light than too much. If the plant begins to stretch, however, or the green fades, provide more light.
Do not place the plants in front of air conditioning or heating vents, or by a drafty window.
WATER Lucky bamboo can grow indefinitely in a simple vase filled with pebbles (for support) and at least an inch of water. However, they are very sensitive to chlorine and other chemicals commonly found in tap water. Water your lucky bamboo only with bottled or distilled water, or tap water that has been left out for 24 hours to allow the chlorine to evaporate. Healthy lucky bamboo roots are red, so don't be alarmed in a glass vase if you can see red roots.
SOIL In addition to water, lucky bamboo can be grown in a well-drained, rich potting mix. The soil should be kept moist, but not soaking.
FEEDING Plants grown in water will only need to be fed every other month or so, using a very weak liquid fertiliser. A single drop of liquid fertiliser is plenty for most lucky bamboo arrangements.
TRIMMING Trimming is an important part of keeping your lucky bamboo healthy. Over time, most plants will become top-heavy. In general, it's not a good idea to cut the main stalk of lucky bamboo. Instead, cut the offshoots with sterile snippers. You can trim offshoots back to within an inch or two of the main stem. New shoots will soon emerge, and the resulting plant will be bushier. To discourage new growth, dip the cut end in paraffin.
COMMON PROBLEMS The most common mistakes related to lucky bamboo are usually connected to the water. Chlorinatedwill kill them over time, and water that is dirty or infected with bacteria can be deadly. If a plant develops black roots, these should be cut away.
Similarly, dead leaves should never be allowed to rot in the water as they might introduce bacteria. Practice good water hygiene by changing the water every week with distilled or bottled water.
If algaeare growing in the water, it's usually because the plant is potted in a clear vase, allowing light to penetrate and encouraging algae growth. Just clean it out and start again, switching to an opaque container if algae is a persistent problem.
Leaves that are yellow usually indicate too much sun or too muchfertiliser. Cut out the fertiliser and move the plant to a shadier location. Brown leaves usually indicate dry air or polluted water. Raise the humidity levelby spraying the plant regularly and make sure you're using the appropriate water.
If the stalks themselves begin to rot or turn mushy, they are likely beyond saving. Worse yet, decaying stalks threaten any other stalks they are close to. Remove them at once. If you really want to save it, cut away the yellow parts and try to root the trimmed stalk in new water.