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The Meaning of Lucky Bamboo Numbers

Lucky bamboo is a favorite houseplant to give to someone to say “good luck!” It could be just before a test, for a grand opening, or just for fun. These little shoots make fantastic companions because they are so tolerant and easy to care for.

Meanings of Lucky Bamboo Numbers

Use various numbers of bamboo to cause different types of effects. Here are a few popular Multiple Stems of Lucky Bamboogroupings:

  • 1 Stalk – simplicity, meaningful life
  • 2 Stalks – best for luck in love and marriage
  • 3 Stalks – happiness (Most popular)
  • 4 Stalks – almost never given. (Four could draw negative energy, according to Chinese culture)
  • 5 Stalks – academic achievement, creativity
  • 6 Stalks – blessing
  • 7 Stalks – health
  • 8 Stalks – luck in wealth
  • 9 Stalks – good fortune and over all luck
  • 10 Stalks – completion or perfection
  • 21 Stalks – all-purpose blessing

Lucky Bamboo & Feng Shui

According to the ancient art of Feng Shui,  the bamboo itself is supposedly filled with peaceful and wise energy. The best way to ensure your bamboo is a lucky Feng Shui cure, is to make sure all 5 elements of Feng Shui are represented:

  • Wood – the stalks of the bamboo
  • Earth – the rocks or pebbles inside the container (best in shades of brown)
  • Water – where the bamboo grows
  • Fire – containers and stalks are tied with red ribbon or other adornment (this is thought to enhance the stalks)
  • Metal – a glass container is considered to be of the metal element. If glass is not used, a coin can often be found on the bottom of the container.

The Gift of Lucky Bamboo

Business Gifts
Lucky bamboo has been a go-to businesses in China for centuries. Lucky bamboo signifies good business deals; it is often given as a gift between two businesses. It makes a great gift for open houses, grand openings, award or achievement ceremonies and other auspicious occasions. (Think Bosses Day!)

Get Well Soon Gifts
Lucky bamboo is also given to people who are sick or depressed to help them through the recovery process.

Wedding & Housewarming Gifts
A wedding is also a good time to give lucky bamboo. It’s a great way to wish someone a long, prosperous and luck-filled life.

Where to find Lucky Bamboo
If you’re looking to bring lucky bamboo into your home, or send it to someone who needs a little luck, simply contact your local florist. Many florists around the country also sell houseplants, including lucky bamboo, at their flower shops. It’s a great place to start! Just remember, always go local when using a florist.

Find a florist near you to order your very own lucky bamboo plant or other house plant!

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  1. Aynsley Broom says:

    The number 14 can sometimes symbolize forgetfulness.

  2. Aynsley Broom says:
  3. what does 11 stalks mean?

  4. Aynsley Broom says:

    11 stalks mean blessing for everything you have and want to have.

  5. Yvette Smith says:

    I have 5stalks in one container and 6in another total of 11. Does that mean blessing or do they represent seperately ?

  6. Aynsley Broom says:

    Hi Yvette,
    If they are in separate containers then they probably have separate meanings.

  7. My husband got me a plant with 4 stalks. I read that’s bad energy. Is that true? What do 4 stalks represent?

  8. Jeffrey Balch says:

    Hi Desha. In the Chinese language, the word for “four” sounds very similar to the word for “death,” so in Chinese culture, four stalks are said to draw bad energy. Outside of this culture, the meaning of four stalks has no significance!

  9. I was given 3 plants each have five stalks what does that mean

  10. Jeffrey Balch says:

    Hi Alice, If they are in separate containers, they would probably have separate meanings. Since they all have the same amount of stalks, they would represent academic achievement and creativity as mentioned in the blog!

  11. Arpita Bhowmik says:

    I bought 2 layered bamboo plant with 19 stalk. Is it auspicious? What does it signify?

  12. Jeffrey Balch says:

    Hi Arpita, 19 stalks do not have a specific meaning!

  13. What does 6 stalks n mean

  14. Jeffrey Balch says:

    6 stalks are meant as a blessing!