As previous discussed on Organic Soul, proper Feng Shui can make a world of difference in achieving the balance of any area. It’s sort of like the holistic health care for home! There are many different elements to Feng Shui, providing us with numerous strategies to improve the flow and energy of each area. One of our favorites – and indeed one of many peoples’ favorites – is the bamboo plant, also known as Fu Gwey Zhu by the Chinese. You’ll find these in flower shops, on the desks of accountants, and in serene gardens.
Across the board, people see the use for bamboo – not only is it extremely beautiful, but it is also provides a great way to manipulate the energy of an area. Let’s look at some specifics behind the bamboo plant, often dubbed “lucky” because of its uses.
What Makes the Bamboo Lucky
So why is bamboo considered lucky and sought after by so many people? For one, lucky bamboo is known to thrive, making it a prime example of the power of life. Besides that, though, there are a few different reasons. Let’s begin with a base in Feng Shui philosophy.
Combining the Five Elements
One of the reasons bamboo is seen as a great tool for perfecting Feng Shui is that it captures each element in Feng Shui: earth, water, wood, fire, and metal. The stones many people grow their bamboo in represents the earth, with deep earthy hues and light, clay-colored tints. Bamboo, as we know, requires water to flourish. The plant itself, with a stocky, tough appearance, grows more like a tree than a normal indoor plant, representing wood. With fire, you will often see some sort of tie around the plant (usually a red ribbon) or a red colored container. Finally, bamboo will often come in a metal container of sorts, bringing the Feng Shui circle to a close (note: glass is considered apart of the metal element, which is why you’ll often see them growing from these containers without metal around them).
With such a dynamic tool in hand, one can easily pull the Feng Shui of a room together.
Power in Numbers
Bamboo is also known for its use in large quantities. In fact, depending on the number of bamboo plants you have in your office, you’ll be attracting specific types of energy. This largely stems from the Chinese consideration of numbers, which dictate both ‘good’ and ‘bad numbers. Yin is seen as represented by even numbers and yang is represented by odd numbers. Depending on the number of bamboo plants, you choosing between the two energies.
Here’s a quick break down of what bamboo plants will bring forth:
- 1 Bamboo plant: This represents simplicity and a sense of unity.
- 2: Happy relationships, opportunity for growth, and love.
- 3: Happiness, prosperity.
- 4: Achievement, but also death. Why death? Well, the Chinese word for ‘four’ sounds like their word for ‘death’ – so be careful with this combination! It is generally seen as rude to give someone four bamboo stalks.
- 5: Health in ones career, relationships, and all else.
- 6: Good flow of luck, easiness, wealth.
- 7: Good health and prosperity.
- 8: Improves fertility.
- 9: Great luck in life.
- 10: Complacency, completion.
- 21: A powerful, overall blessing for one and their family.
As we can see, the number of bamboo plants lend themselves to different levels of luck. This, wrapped up with the plants ability to bring together each element of Feng Shui, has helped to make it a symbol of diverse, holistic use.
Care for Your Bamboo!
So you may be considering getting some bamboo plants for your office or home now. Definitely a good idea! After you’ve arranged it just right, chosen a perfect spot, and picked the number you’d like to go with, be sure to keep them healthy! Here are some things to keep in mind:
- First, these plants shouldn’t be in any extreme conditions – not next to the AC, not in direct sunlight. That said, avoid placing it on your sunniest window seal! Indirect light are these plants’ favorite!
- Next, try to change the water at least once a week. Sometimes, you may even consider adding a bit of nutrients to the mix to help the planet flourish. Try to only use fresh water, preferably from a source other than the tap.
- Finally, you’ll want to keep your bamboo in a cool area, roughly 65-70 degrees