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When I first started seeing my boyfriend he would often buy me flowers and occasionally plants; he still does this now! I have never been very good with plants; and always though it is best for me to have hardy plants/plants that do not need much looking after. Lots of plants I have had and tried to look after have died so I am always hesitant when it comes to buying them.
We often go to Homebase and they have some really lovely plants in there; I spotted this Lucky Bamboo and I had never actually seen this before but I liked the look of it; Homebase have various Lucky Bamboo plants available, some of which really are quite nice. I have 3 Lucky Bamboo sticks.
At first, I didn't have any problems and was informed that all I needed to do was keep the plant moist in a few inches of water. This, I did. However, I really should have done a little research too. Had I been bothered to look it up, I would have found that it is not advisable to place Lucky Bamboo in direct sunlight. Placing it in direct sunlight scorches the leaves!!! I noticed some of the leaves were turning a bit yellow/beigy coloured. Like a fool, I didn't particularly think of the reasons why!! However, I now know why; I put my Lucky Bamboo in direct sunlight on several occasions.
I will now not be putting it in direct sunlight; however, the damage has really been done re some of the leaves; I like my Lucky Bamboo and part of it looks nice and it also grows quite quickly in regard to the leaves, but the discoloration of some of the leaves doesn't look nice; they also look as if they are wilting a bit. I am seriously considering cutting these leaves off! Some good news is that Lucky Bamboo is quite cheap; so If I completely ruin my plant; I will go and get another one. Lucky Bamboo is quite pretty too in my view and I have put a little decoration in with the Bamboo too, to make it look a bit nicer.
So long as you follow the advice for caring for your Lucky Bamboo (unlike me!!), you should not have any problems with it.
This is a really nice Bamboo plant that will look nice in many areas of the home and/or office. For further information see http://www.chiff.com/a/lucky-bamboo.htm
Even though I have not been Lucky regarding my plant (due to my own fault!); I really like it, and am giving it 5 Dooyoo stars.
Over the past year I have had an array of house plants, some have survived, namely three cacti which I bought from the Hampton Court Flower Show, a small indoor tree and some Lucky Bamboo. What hasn't been so lucky has been two Orchids, a Peace Lily (though the cat did knock it over and snap it) and a Stephanotis, all of which are beautiful, but sadly their end was nigh.
The one plant I have managed to look after to date has been my Lucky Bamboo. I was actually given the Lucky Bamboo by a volunteer of mine who thought it might be a nice edition to my home and the office and I have to admit I have grown to be quite fond of it. It is said that lucky bamboo plants bring good luck and fortune, particularly if the plants were given as gifts, I am however yet to win Euromillions but a week after receiving my Lucky Bamboo I did get a rather substantial pay rise which I hadn't been expecting!
I am told that the vast majority of Lucky Bamboo plants come to the UK from places such as China and that they get their twisted stalks from professional growers who spend their time twisting and braiding the Bamboo into all sorts of shapes, making them look attractive to prospective buyers who can pay a lot of money for the more imaginatively twisted stalks. Most of the Lucky Bamboo I have seen for sale in the UK has been a simple spiral twist in a small vase with one other stalk and you buy the two as one plant for around £10. This is the actual type of Lucky Bamboo I have though I have four stalks in two vases, both sitting pretty on my coffee table.
Lucky Bamboo isn't actually Bamboo it is apparently derivived from a species of plant called Dracaena Sanderiana and is part of the Dracaena family. It is normally sold in vases of water within which it survives really well, so long as you look after it properly and you can also plant it in soil as an alternative, I have to admit though, I have only ever seen it presented in vases of water and only keep mine in those vases of water.
When it comes to caring for the Bamboo, I was delighted that mine came with a little label which was attached to the plant with instructions of care. The one thing which annoys me about buying house plants if the lack of information on caring for them, something which I find quite important.
Anyway with the Bamboo there are four main things to bare in mind when looking after it. The first is light, then watering followed by temperature and fertiliser before you think about trimming and shaping your Bamboo . So with the light, whilst the Lucky Bamboo is said to grow and flourish in a bright and light environment, it hates direct sunlight because the leaves scorch, so when you purchase or are given some Lucky Bamboo you need to think about where it would be best to show it off. For me on my shelf in the lounge which isn't directly in the sunlight, but does get enough natural light has been the perfect environment for it and it has grown quite well. Placing the Bamboo within your home is also important, especially if like me you have pets because I was told a few months after bringing my Bamboo home from work that it can be poisonous to pets, especially if they chew on the leaves. So if you have cats and dogs who like to eat everything, this might not be the best plant for you, unless you have somewhere up high you can store it.
Watering is another important part of looking after any plant and with the Lucky Bamboo they are said to grow indefinitely and only need at the very most an inch of water but it is the water you use which could cause problems. I was told to only use bottled water rather than tap water because chlorine and other chemicals can kill your Bamboo, instead you can use tap water if you allow it to stand for around 24 hours before adding it to your vase to allow the chlorine time to evaporate. You should also change the water on a weekly basis or no leave it no longer than two weeks at a time to ensure algae doesn't set in. As I said I have only ever used bottled water for my Bamboo and they have grown a lot in the time I have had them. As well as watering them, depending on how big your Bamboo grows you might need to add a few small stones to give the stalks some support as they grow much taller than the vase, with one of my stalks, as it was quite thick, it started to develop a slight bend in the stalk, so I had to rectify this by purchasing a few marble sizes stones to place within the vase to hold it up and since doing so it has continued to grow and not bend out of shape. As well as changing the water you also need to feed Lucky Bamboo, although you only need to do it every month using a liquid fertilizer or aquarium plant food which I use for mine and you only need to add a few drops once a month.
With temperature whilst you shouldn't place the Lucky Bamboo in direct sunlight, it does like the warmer weather and on my little label it does say that I should ensure the Lucky Bamboo is in an environment with temperatures between 65ºF and 90ºF and that I shouldn't place the plants in front of air conditioning or heating vents.
So taking all of that into account when caring for your Bamboo plant there are a few things left to think about. Lucky Bamboo is a naturally straight plant, its stalks will grow straight and are only curly and twisting because they have been made to grow that way. I am told you can practice the curling process yourself, though I don't have the patience or energy to try it, instead mine have continued to grow straight from their curls, but there are books and online help to show you the best way to do this.
Now I did say that Lucky Bamboo was meant to be idiot proof and it is as long as you read the care instructions properly, if you don't then like all other house plants it does turn yellow, the leaves fall off and it becomes mush and dies.
I really like my Lucky Bamboo, it has so far proven to be an idiot proof house plant and it takes no effort to look after it and in its own sort of way it is really decorative. However, if you are debating buying some Lucky Bamboo for yourself or to give as a present, I was recently told that the different numbers of stalks in a vase are thought to symbolise slightly different kinds of luck and I also found that exact same information online, so this is what it is suggested to buy and what it is said to mean:
2 stalks = love
3 or 6 stalks = happiness
5 or 7 stalks = health
8 stalks = wealth
9 stalks = general good fortune
21 stalks = blessings
So just a little something to think about if you are wanting to buy someone a gift that is a little bit quirky, a little bit different and adds a slight twist to buying flowers and a house plant.
~LUCKY BAMBOO HOUSE PLANT~
I love live plants in the house. They make the house look lively. Scientifically, in the simplest form plants are good for air circulation as well, they absorb carbon dioxide for photosynthesis and release oxygen as a by product. Plants are therefore vital to facilitate the process of respiration in humans and animals, as part of our oxygen requirements are fulfilled by the oxygen produced during this photosynthesis. This process also regulates the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, in this case in the home. Ok, enough of this science.
Generally in addition to water and occasional supplementary feeding through "plant food", in-door plants also need some degree of natural light. This is important to note as the lighting used in most homes is not sufficient for optimum in-door plant growth. Some plants are more sensitive to the light requirement than others which explains why you will find that some plants will not grow well in certain rooms/positions in your house. If you are not a plant lover this alone may dishearten you and cause you to give up on live in-door plants but not for me, I rarely give up on plants.
Unfortunately some rooms in my house do not get good intensity light so I am limited to the type of plants I can have. One of these rooms is my bathroom. My bathroom window seal is long and wide and looks very bare. I have a few ornaments displayed but really wanted something to liven up the room a bit. I tried several potted plants in the past but they all eventually shrivelled and had to rescue them by moving them out to other rooms. I figured out that my bathroom was not flower friendly mainly because the window is double-glazed frosted glass, so filters out a lot of the light and the room also gets very moist especially during busy periods and in winter. I have previously had a bundle of Lucky Bamboo on my kitchen window seal which are doing very well despite the high heat and moisture generated in the kitchen at times. These plants have grown very well and the shoots have now almost fully sprouted. I therefore suspected that the Lucky Bamboo might do well in my bathroom but did not want to risk it by moving the fully grown plant in case I kill it slowly so I bought another one for the bathroom. This is therefore my second Lucky Bamboo.
~Availability, Presentation and Price~
The Lucky Bamboo comes in so many variations, the foliage (leaves) can be plain green, or variegated that is a mix of green and another colour, usually faint yellow. The ornamental Lucky Bamboo is sold as cuttings (twigs) usually in a vase with water and at times some pebbles. The cuttings may or may not have any shoots sprouting. I usually like to see at least one shoot to convince me that everything is ok. The cuttings are either sold in pairs or in a bundle. The cuttings can be almost straight, spiral or intertwined in various designs like diamond shaped or in triangular form. The vases usually look very pretty and really tempting. Lucky Bamboo is available from most outlets which sale in-door plants including outlets like Homebase, Marks and Spenser, supermarkets like Tesco, Wilkinsons, Garden Centres and even from Amazon.com.
I bought the first bundle of Luck Bamboo from Homebase four years ago and has since fully grown into a bushy bundle of plants. This is the one on my kitchen window seal (photo 1). I bought the second set of intertwined Lucky Bamboo from Tesco four months ago for £5.00 and all is well so far, the shoots are sprouting up like made (photo 2). I can see myself with another bushy Luck Bamboo pretty soon.
~Handling and Care~
The care instructions come with the plant and there isn't much to do really, the instructions are so simple and easy to follow. The Lucky Bamboo are generally not fussy plants. They can live and survive on water only; no supplementary plant food is required or recommended. In fact it is recommended to keep the plants well watered so that the roots are always below water and to change the water once a week. Honestly this is all that is required, easy pizzy isn't it. This is good for beginners. Once well acclimatised to the environment, the shoots start to sprout from the cuttings. For my Lucky Bamboo it happened fairly quickly. Care is required though in handling once the shoots start sprouting as the shoots are very fragile and break off very easily when mishandled. I find that for all my plants including the Luck Bamboo, rotating the plants at least every fortnight helps to ensure that all parts of the plants get a fair distribution of light.
I read a review where someone indicated that after a while green algae starts to collect in the water at the bottom, and if the vase is tall and narrow, it is difficult to clean it out. For this reason, I buy my Lucky Bamboos in round or rectangular short vases with wide mouth for easy cleaning if necessary. I have not had the algae problem as yet so hopefully my Lucky Bamboo plants will continue to grow happily ever after.
--Type of plant: Houseplant.
--Colour of leaves: Usually green.
--Rate of growth: Average.
--Maximum height of plant: Approximately 30cm.
--Watering instructions: Keep reservoir topped up.
--Care instructions: Good natural light in a cool room. Avoid direct sunlight and draughts.
~Some Background Information~
The Luck Bamboo like the original bamboo plant belongs to the Grass family (Scientific name: Poaceae or Gramineae) which includes very diverse, widely-distributed group of plants including our favourite cereals.
The bamboo is described as one of the 'woody' types in the grass family and in their natural environment, these plants grow as perennials, that is they grow throughout the year. They reproduce mainly asexually through shoots and cuttings and this has been fully utilised commercially in their mass production as ornamental plants. The Lucky Bamboo is traditionally a highly valued ornamented plant in China where it is believed to bring lucky.
My Lucky Bamboo plants were not bought as good luck charms but just for being loved as house plants to brightening up my home. I wouldn't mind though if Lucky comes along too.
Discovering the Lucky Bamboo saved my bathroom from being cluttered with artificial plants.
Lucky Bamboo is a really amazing plant. Just don't let it get thirsty.
I give its creator 5 stars for creating such an amazing plant and the Lucky Bamboo 5 stars for beautifying my bathroom.
~~~I would have really loved to show you pictures of these fantastic plants in my house but I don't know how to upload pictures on this site.
Well, hope you enjoyed the reading and thank you for rating.
©hildah11 October 2011