Lucky Bamboo Meaning
You see lucky bamboo everywhere these days. These cute little arrangements in their exotic containers are stalks of Dracaena sanderiana, a plant native to the equatorial West African region. They are not bamboo.
So, why is it called the “lucky bamboo”? Most likely, because cuttings of the Dracaena look like the bamboo and the Chinese have for centuries associated the bamboo with good fortune, fortitude, and resilience.
The lucky bamboo arrangement is a perfect coming together of the five essential elements of Feng Shui—earth, wood, water, metal, and fire. The rocks or pebbles in the plant container symbolize earth. The vertical stalks symbolize wood. The bamboo stalks are generally placed in water. Metal is found as small ornaments or coins in the container. And fire is any color of red, pink, burgundy, or maroon that can be added.
Place this lucky bamboo arrangement in any spot in your house or office to enhance the good energy, to revitalize the bad, and to bring growth into your life. So, the Feng Shui enthusiasts believe.
You can also customize your lucky bamboo arrangement to bring different kinds of luck to your life. Two stalks symbolize love. Three stalks symbolize happiness—Fu (happiness), Lu (wealth), and Soh (longevity). Five and seven stalks symbolize wealth. Eight brings growth. Nine symbolizes general good fortune. Ten represents completion and perfection, and 21 brings abundant blessings.