Number of lucky bamboo meanings

There are no official meaning for the numbers of bamboo plants. It can mean whatever you want it to mean. More importantly, is how it looks. The meanings of each number are commonly associated with the numbers in Feng Shui. Here are the most commonly meanings associated with the number of bamboos:

1 stalk = good fortune
2 stalks = love (Sometimes represents one man + one women)
3 stalks = happiness, wealth, and longevity. Also can represent PAST, PRESENT, and FUTURE.
4 stalks = stable, strong, or power. (Sometimes considered unlucky. See notes below.)
5 stalks = wealth or fortune
6 stalks = prosperity
7 stalks = good health
8 stalks = growth or wealth
9 stalks = general good fortune
10 stalks = completeness or perfection
21 stalks = blessings
If you know of other numbers that are not listed here, please add to it using the comments below.

Note:
In Feng Shui, the number 4 symbolizes stability and a strong foundation, and it represents the four directions and the four seasons. The number 4 is sometimes considered unlucky in Chinese Feng Shui because it sounds like the word “death” in certain Chinese dialects, but it doesn’t have this association for Western cultures. If you have a number four in your address and you are from a country other than China, instead of worrying whether the number four is unlucky, try thinking of four as sounding like the word “more.”

42 thoughts on “Number of lucky bamboo meanings”

  1. My plant is in small container and growing very tall Can i transplant easily and how big if planter can i go 2ft tall in rocks
    Thank u 4stalks

  2. Not sure why you have a 4 stalk arrangement listed. The Chinese consider the number 4 extremely unlucky and it is associated with death. If you give someone a 4 stalk lucky bamboo arrangement you are basically saying “I wish death upon you”, and it would be considered a threat or very rude at minimum.

  3. I wanna make 3 luck!y bamboo arrangements using one heart in each an about ten other straight bamboos from sizes 4″, 6″ and 8″, does that have any meaning?

  4. I have 2 small seperate plants of bamboo each one has two so together it’s 4 but two in seperate plans by keeping them at one place they become 4 so is that good or bad? Since number 4 is been said is a bad luck, help pls

  5. I just bought an arrangement of lucky bamboo and not knowing certain numbers of stalks represent different things I never counted them when I bought it..It has 24 stalks I only saw the meanings go to 21. Does 24 have any significance? Thanks!!

  6. I’ve always heard that lucky Bamboo stalks should be an odd number? Is this true? Where should it be placed for wealth? My daughter gave it to me for Mother’s Day.

  7. I purchased Lucky Bamboo plant. In this bunch 12 no. of stalks. what is represent 12 no. Is this lucky for me or not? if yes then ok otherwise what I to do for lucky?

  8. 4 stalks = stable, strong, or power
    Every other website says 4 Stalks – almost never given. (Four could draw negative energy, according to Chinese culture) and even death.
    Where do you get your information?

    1. The meanings of each are commonly associated with the numbers in Feng Shui. There are no official meaning for the numbers of bamboo plants. It can mean whatever you want it to mean. More importantly, is how it looks.

      In Feng Shui, the number 4 symbolizes stability and a strong foundation, and it represents the four directions and the four seasons. The number 4 is sometimes considered unlucky in Chinese Feng Shui because it sounds like the word “death” in certain Chinese dialects, but it doesn’t have this association for Western cultures. If you have a number four in your address and you are from a country other than China, instead of worrying whether the number four is unlucky, try thinking of four as sounding like the word “more.”
      https://fengshuiforreallife.com/Detailed/401.html

  9. My moms friend gifted my mom with bamboo plant on her birthday.

    It consists in total 17 bamboo stalks.
    Is it ok to keep it as it is or should i separate it in the above give combination in your article ?

    1. The meanings of each are commonly associated with the numbers in Feng Shui. There are no official meaning for the numbers of bamboo plants. It can mean whatever you want it to mean. More importantly, is how it looks. If the plants do not look proportional or looks funny, go ahead and remove it or rearrange the bamboo to make it look better.
      In Feng Shui, numbers are commonly associated with the number 1 to 9.

  10. Please consider adding a note for the number 4, since that is what everyone is checking this site for. Completeness of information is important.
    You need to mention that some consider 4 to be unlucky.

  11. Sir,
    I bought 2layer bamboo plant with 6stalks in the upper layer and 11 stalks in the lower layer. I have tried a silver coin with the red ribbon as the coin was not provided to me and placed it in my dining room in SE direction beside TV. Should I separate that 17stalks to 6 and 10? Nd remove the 1? Or add 4 more stalks to the lower layer and making it all total 21stalks?

  12. Hi , I was delighted that I found your website regarding lucky bamboo. I bought a Lucky bamboo with 17 stalks and I put it in south east direction of the house and the other 3 spiral lucky bamboo In the south direction and 2 more spiral lucky bamboo in the northeast direction. is this ok .. also please advice what feng shui cure I have to put for my bathroom which is facing North because at the moment we are in financial difficulties .. thank you

  13. I had 5 lucky bamboo stalks in my home. At one point one started to get yellow, so I discarded it. Even though I knew about the common meaning of 4 lucky bamboos, I just felt like leaving it like that. Soon after that my health started to improve. So I guess the fang shui I brought to myself was the death and the ending of the long term problem.

    1. We are so glad your health is improving. The number of the stalks are not important as long as you are happy with your plants. There’s no reason to discard any healthy plants just to avoid the “number 4”. We wish you the best and hope that you health continues to improve. 🙂

  14. Hii..I have a 20 stalk bamboo plant at home, I keep it in a bowl of water. Is keeping 20 stalk good for me?? Please do reply

  15. I have a 4 bamboo stalk decor made of something plastic and i has 4 stalks and 2 bamboo shoots with flowers and other chinese feng shui symbols.. im not sure if it is a good bamboo feng shui item or not. Are bamboo shoors included in counting the bamboos?

  16. Sir,

    I gifted a lucky bamboo plant to my friend. But it had 3layers and there are more than 21 stalks. So is it good or not. Please reply.

  17. I unknowingly purchased 4 single stalks in a planter. After reading 4 is a big no I discovered it isn’t one single 4 stalk bamboo plant. So I removed one of the stalks. Is this acceptable? If not what’s the proper Feng Shui way to get rid of the plant.

    1. If you do not like the number 4. You can remove one or 2 plants and transport it into a different planter. If you do not have an extra planter, be creative and use what you already have. I have seen people use coffee mugs, tea cups, etc.

  18. My Lucky Plant has 12 stalks . What does it mean? I also have another Lucky Plant that has 3 stalks and is 34 inches high . Does this have a meaning also ? If so what is it ? Thank You Darlene

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