If you want green interior plants on your desk that require minimum care then the lucky bamboo can be just what you are looking for. Despite the name, Lucky Bamboos are not bamboos at all – they just look like ones from a species called Dracaena Sanderiana.
They need minimal care – all you need to do is regular cleaning, change the water from their recipient weekly and lots of light but not direct sunlight.
The plant has to be removed monthly from its pot, washed under water (the roots also), and placed back in fresh water. They can however also be potted in soil.
The plant has a green segmented body of about half inch width that normally growth vertically and produces one or more additional stalks with leaves.
The body is cut at the desired height and sealed with wax, just above one of the stalks. This will stop growth and will be good for the development of more stalks. By manipulating the light, they can be grown in a spiral.
Lucky Bamboos already tend to replace flower bouquets. This is because they are also kept in water recipients but their life is long and they are decorative for a long time.
They are offered separated or in special arrangements. The number and the dimension of the plants in the arrangement have a special meaning.
– Three stalks bring happiness, health and a long life
– Five stalks stimulate the 5 elements of life
– Six stalks bring health
– Eight stalks bring development and prosperity
– Ten stalks symbolize perfection and fulfillment
– Twenty-one stalks bring a powerful blessing
If you want them at home, the office or want to make a meaningful present, lucky bamboos are a good choice. Everyone loves them and they are better than some flowers that will die in a few days. They last for months and are easy to please.
One final caution: Their leaves are mildly toxic, so they should not be kept in a place where pets or children are likely to snack on them.
(To find Lucky Bamboo visit Wantitall.co.za – Thanks Gary)