History of Lucky Bamboo Plant

Lucky Bamboo History

The history of lucky bamboo can be traced back to Chinese culture for over 4000 years. Lucky Bamboo is not really a bamboo plant. It is a member of the lily family that grows in the dark, tropical rainforests of South-east Asia and Africa. It is also known as Dracaena sanderiana, Dracaena braunii, Ribbon Dracaena, Belgian Evergreen or sometimes Ribbon Plant.
Lucky bamboo plants have been used for good fortune in the Asia culture. Chinese Legend says a gift of Lucky Bamboo can bring you Good Luck, Prosperity, Wealth, and Happiness. It is one of the most popular cure in Feng Shui. It makes an ideal gift for household, office, new ventures, or party gifts. It is a decorative indoor house plant and can be potted either in soil, rocks, or water. It is keep in room temperature and must be keep away from direct sunlight. It requires little basic care. Just insert the plant into a container, fill the container with rocks to support the plants, and add some clean water weekly.
History of Lucky Bamboo
History of Lucky Bamboo

Tips to ensure a healthy and long-lasting Lucky Bamboo plant:

  • Use distilled water or bottled water. The fluoride that’s in your tap water will cause the tip of the leaves to turn brown. If you must use tap water, you can eliminated most of the fluoride and chemical from the water by letting it sit 24 hours before adding it to the plant.
  • Ensure that your Lucky Bamboo plant is in indirect light. Lucky Bamboo plants does not require a lot of light. Do not put it on a window sill unless you know for sure that direct light does not enter through it.
  • Use special fertilize that are specifically made for Lucky Bamboo plants like “Super Green” or “Green Green” plant food. Do not use “Miracle Grow” (It will kill your plant.)

Read more about Lucky Bamboo Care Tips and Instructions.

10 thoughts on “History of Lucky Bamboo Plant”

    1. Hi Esther,
      The lucky bamboo leaves will continue to grow. Long leaves indicate that you had your lucky bamboo for a long time. Most people do not trim the leaves of the bamboos unless they have to. They like to show off their lucky bamboo plants.
      Two reasons come to mind as when to trim the leaves. The first reason is if you are moving and the lucky bamboo plants are too tall. Recently , I received an email from Retha. Retha had her plant since 2002. It now sits about 8 1/2 feet tall!!! She emailed the picture and it was very impressive. Retha was moving to a new place. She was concerned that her new place does not have high ceiling like she has now. I told her it was fine to cut the leaves if need but make sure to use a sterile knife or pair of scissors.
      The second reason is if the leaves are brown. If the leaves are brown, you can simply peel the leaves off. Brown leaves are dry and comes off easily. Yellow leaves are soft and takes more effort.
      Be careful went you remove or trim the leaves.

  1. My daughter bought me a lucky bamboo and I managed to keep it alive on my work desk for nearly ten years. Went on vacation and forgot to water it before I left and it didn’t make it. Great little plant for the office, though there are days I wish I could grow my large tropical clumping bamboo in a pot next to my desk!

  2. I had yellow stalks and removed them . I now have another one getting yellow . The top of the one stalk is turning yellow . Can I cut that part off ?

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