Lucky bamboo plants are a very important part of Feng Shui today. In fact it is one of the most popular houseplants in recent years. According to Feng Shui bamboo is known to be one of the hardiest plants and therefore a symbol of health and wealth. The bamboo plants are known to survive in a variety of conditions and without much care and maintenance can adapt to its surroundings. Feng Shui believes in balancing five elements i.e. earth, water, wood, metal, and fire for harmonizing the environment. Bamboo is considered the perfect representative of wood with its tall vertical shape. Wood element is said to have a positive effect on life energy, growth and overall well being. No doubt people love to have them in their office and houses.
Along with its ease of growth, Lucky Bamboo has long been associated with the Eastern practice of Feng Shui - or the bringing of natural elements of water, fire, earth, wood and metal into balance within the environment. Lucky Bamboo is believed to be an ideal example of the thriving wood and water element, with the addition of a red ribbon sometimes tied around the stalks - which is believed to "fire" the positive flow of energy or chi in the room.
Bamboo Plants Meaning
According to ancient Chinese tradition the bamboo plants have particular meaning attached to it. The number of bamboo stalks has different meanings and influence various factors in our life. The most important elements of any bamboo plant are to attract positive ‘chi’ and bring happiness, wealth and longevity in our homes. There are several combinations of lucky bamboo plants, each having a certain number of bamboo stalks. Each combination has its individual meaning and benefit. One can select lucky bamboo plants according to their requirement and also for the purpose of gifting.
Three stalks of Lucky Bamboo: three stalks of bamboo plant bring happiness (fu), wealth (lu) and longevity (soh). The formation is in the form of towers and is positive for promotions and all good things in life.
Five stalks of Lucky Bamboo: this combination signifies the five different parts of life from where wealth comes in.
Six stalks of Lucky Bamboo: the six combination of bamboo plant according to Feng Shui is for luck and prosperity and makes conditions favorable.
Seven stalks of Lucky Bamboo: seven stalks of bamboo plants brings in good health.
Eight stalks of Lucky Bamboo: this combination of eight stalks is considered to bring growth and success.
Ten stalks of Lucky Bamboo: this combination of bamboo stalks is the best structure that completes the formation and is perfect for positive effect in your life.
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Twenty-one stalks of Lucky Bamboo: this is one of the most powerful of combinations and has an all-purpose blessing.
Lucky Log: the lucky log is also a type of bamboo plant. The importance of the log is that it keeps sprouting with new leaves signifying a strong life. This type of bamboo is especially popular for gifting and wishing the recipient a strong life with prosperous business that never stops growing.
Bamboo Plants Care
Taking care of bamboo plants is very easy. It generally grows in a few inches of clear water and can be supported by small pebbles, stones and marbles. It even adds to the decorative element. The important thing to take care is to keep the water clean and fresh avoiding stagnation at all times. In some areas the local water is highly treated with chlorine and fluoride making the leaf tips of the bamboo plant turn yellow or brown. The condition can also happen if there is too much salts in the water. It is best to allow tap water stand in an open container for a day before using it for the plant.
The other important element is the light levels that are very important for taking care of the bamboo plant. Lucky bamboo plant grows best in shady areas. So select an indoor location with bright and indirect light. Direct sun can burn the leaves and too little light can weaken the growth of the plant. Household temperature is the best for bamboo plants.
Can Cuttings Be Taken from Lucky Bamboo?
One can easily take cuttings from lucky bamboo plant. New stalks can come from the original plant. Use a sharp knife and cut through the stalk, just below the point. Place the fresh stalk in clean water and soon it will grow out.
So as you select the lucky bamboo plant for your homes and offices, remember these plants are not just for decorations but also welcome positive Feng Shui chi in your world.