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Is Lucky Bamboo Really Lucky?

By January 4, 2012

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I can't answer that for you, but I do know that it's not really a bamboo. So called Lucky Bamboo is actually a Dracaena (Dracaena sanderiana) and anyone who has grown other types of Dracaena as houseplants knows how easy care they are to care for. Lucky bamboo takes this ease one step further by being grown in water. Short of an air fern, it doesn't get much easier than that.

About.com's Guide to Feng Shir, Rodika Tchi, explains why lucky bamboo is considered lucky. Then Debbie Anderson shows how to "plant" lucky bamboo in her quick video and Jon VanZile, our Guide to Houseplants, gives us tips on keeping our lucky bamboo growing.† It's a great start for a new year.

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January 4, 2012 at 8:41 am
(1) Emmon says:

Wow, I didn’t know about Lucky bamboo. I had just been reading about how incredibly strong real bamboo is — stronger for it’s weight than graphite and some steel. (There’s a cool company making iPhone cases out of bamboo).

January 4, 2012 at 10:59 am
(2) Linda says:

This plant is very cool. I bought a few stalks with some kind of gel they were selling. Had them growing in my bathroom in the gel and water for several years. A lover of low light, this plant makes a great decorator anywhere in the house.

January 4, 2012 at 12:30 pm
(3) Marie Iannotti says:

Emmon, I’ve seen a lot of things made out of bamboo, but never an iPhone case. That is pretty cool. I’ve been hearing about an increase in bamboo farming, so maybe we’ll start seeing a lot more bamboo products. It sure grows fast enough to be sustainable.

Linda, I haven’t seen the gel you mention. I wonder if it has any nutrients in it.

January 8, 2012 at 1:13 pm
(4) Dan Little says:

YEA PRETTY NEAT PLANT BUT MAKE SURE YOUR NOT BREEDING
MOSQUITOES. I’VE SEEN MOSQUITO LARVA IN THE WATER AT A RESALE CENTER.

January 8, 2012 at 1:47 pm
(5) Marie Iannotti says:

Dan, good point. I never considered that. Hopefully changing the water regularly would cut down on that.

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