The "Lucky Bamboo" is one of the most popular symbol in Feng Shui. Actually it is not related to the original bamboo plant, but is botanically known as Dracaena sanderana
. It is the native of Cameroon in tropical west Africa and is commonly known as Ribbon Plant or Ribbon Dracaena
. It grows in water like cut flowers and will last for many years. It is considered that the Bamboo which is received as a gift is the luckiest. This Bamboo is capable to grow very quickly. Moreover, it exhibits strength and resilience. Hence this plant is a symbol of good luck and success. People believe that it will bring good fortune as well as prosperity to the house, business and to their loved ones. Lucky bamboo is believed to activate stagnant energy at the place where it is kept. Since Bamboo is flexible and enduring, it also symbolizes the ability to move with the times and adapt to the changes occurring in life. Lucky Bamboo plants are believed to aid growth in all aspects of life when kept in homes and offices. Moreover, these plants offer protection from evil forces. This small indoor bamboo plant is considered lucky as it is self sufficient and represents all the five elements of Feng Shui.
The Bamboo plant itself depicts Wood, the Rock on which the plant grows represents Earth, the water within which the plant grows depicts Water, The red ribbon tied to the stalks together belongs to Fire and the glass pots represents the metal element. If Bamboo is planted in a pot of clay, ceramics etc., then a metal coin, metal piece or a metal figure will be kept inside the pot. In market, Lucky bamboo is available as set of varying number of stalks for specific purposes : 2 for Love and Marriage, 3 for Happiness , 5 for Health, 8 for Wealth and Abundance, 9 ( a lucky number) for Good Fortune and Overall Happiness. The Lucky Bamboo plant is very easy to maintain. Being tough and resilient, it does not require any direct sunlight. Hence it is ideal as an indoor plant. Moreover, this plant does not require much care also. However, it is highly essential to completely change the water inside the pot once in every two weeks.