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MY LUCKY PORTIONS SURVIVE ON WATER
Member Name: hildah11
Date: 11/10/11, updated on 11/10/11 (203 review reads)
Advantages: Beautiful plant and easy to care for
Disadvantages: None for me
~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.
İhildah11 October 2011
Summary: Ideal house plant for beginners, try it you won't be disappointed.
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