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Lucky Bamboo

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.

Lucky Bamboo

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.

Lucky Bamboo

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)


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  • Stump Grinding and Tree Removal Services by Dennis Paddy 16 Dec 2009, 17:27

    I had seen lucky bamboo on one of my vendor’s office desk but I did not know the name of the plant. I found this post very useful and specially liked the pictures as I have now come to know the name of the plant. The name of the plant says it is very lucky and one should keep it at home as well as at the office.

    • Mincoza 16 Dec 2009, 19:18

      Thanks Dennis,

      I had a look at your site. Hard working people..! Wish I had more time to dig into the garden myself.

      Keep up the good work.


  • Mandy 01 Feb 2010, 10:55

    Do you know where I could purchase Lucky Bamboo in Gauteng?

    • Mincoza 18 Feb 2010, 17:43

      Hi Mandy,

      Unfortunately I cannot help you at this stage. I will do some research.

      Is there maybe someone that can assist?

  • Suliman 04 Aug 2010, 21:59

    hi minnie

    battling to source lucky bamboo… any luck on your side?

  • Gary 05 Nov 2010, 14:10

    Hey guys, just found you can buy lucky bamboo on wantitall.co.za. Cheers.

  • Mincoza 05 Nov 2010, 23:29

    Great! Thanks a lot Gary. Checked it out and it looks good. Cheers, James

  • Nicolette 18 Jan 2011, 10:57

    Please contact me urgently 011 796 1834/072 841 2481. I’m looking for 300 luck bamboo sticks

  • sheritha 13 Jul 2011, 21:49


    • Mincoza 13 Jul 2011, 22:07

      Hi Sheritha,
      We don’t stock any plants. As Gary mentioned in a previous comment have a look at:


  • Lindi Kruger 21 Oct 2011, 11:52

    Hi guys, you can contact Anthony on 082 415 1530 – he is a supplier of lucky bamboo in JHB.

    • Mincoza 22 Oct 2011, 01:34

      Thanks Lindi ! Much appreciated.

      Keep well,

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