Bamboo is not only a poplar plant, but is the main food of Panda Bears. There are several hundred species of bamboo. Bamboo has been in favor in China for over 4,000 years as a symbol of good fortune and longevity. Due to Bamboo’s ability to live a long life, India considers Bamboo a symbol of long lasting friendship. Today indoor Bamboo is valued as a lucky symbol. It is believed to bring good fortune and luck in love.
Growing Bamboo indoor plays a major part in Feng Shuei. Translated it is “ Fu Gwey Zhu.” Fu stands for wealth, Gwey is power and Zhu is Bamboo.
Lucky Bamboo, a plant people often associate with indoor bamboo is actually a species of Dracaena. Never the less, the care of the lucky bamboo and the care of bamboo is the same.
Bamboo is great for beginning gardeners, it requires little attention, and thrives in almost any light. The plant has evergreen leaves that grow on strong arching canes. Water daily, but don’t leave it in standing water.
Bamboo is an accommodating plant. It can be grown in water and in soil with equal results; a beautiful plant to decorate your home or office.
The majority of Bamboo found in an office grows in water. The plant tolerates the low or filtered light as long as it is not in total darkness. Be sure to change the water every couple of weeks. You do not need to add plant food to the water. If you feel you must, only a drop. Colorful glass, ceramic stones, or marbles should be placed in the container to support the canes.
When planting Bamboo in soil, be sure to choose a container with good drainage. Bamboo thrives in loose and rich soil. Add peat moss or vermiculite to the soil mixture. A plant food containing nitrogen should be applied on a regular basis. Bamboo need lots of water, keep the soil moist, but don’t allow standing water. The indoor bamboo needs full to partial sunlight.
With the right amount of water and sunlight, your Indoor Bamboo whether grown in water or soil, will give you many years of pleasure.