The Use of Lucky Bamboo in Feng Shui Decorating

The lucky bamboo, along with fountains and wind chimes, is one of the most popular feng shui cures. If one knows even a little bit about feng shui, he or she must have heard about the lucky bamboo!

What makes the lucky bamboo lucky and how is it used in feng shui? How is the lucky bamboo different from the other very popular feng shui plant, the money plant? As both are used for luck and abundance, does it matter which one you choose? Yes, it does.

Before revealing the language of the lucky bamboo, know that any healthy and vibrant plant will bring good feng shui energy into your space. However, each plant, of course, brings a specific quality of energy, so here is the language of the lucky bamboo.

The bamboo is a highly valued plant for its energy; being hollow in the inside and flexible, it teaches us the value of surrender and flexibility in face of any storms that life can bring. When you are open in your innermost being, the spirit can flow freely and bless you with wisdom. Bamboo is also a plant that is very easy to care for, it grows fast and creates the most soothing, transcendental sound when caressed by the winds.

In feng shui, the lucky bamboo arrangements vary widely. I am sure you must have seen many lucky bamboo arrangements with a different number of stalks, as well as containers and additional adornments such as Chinese coins, the Laughing Buddha, or other symbols. However, in order for a lucky bamboo to be considered lucky and used as a feng shui cure, it has to meet the criteria of representing all 5 feng shui elements.

How exactly are the feng shui elements represented in the lucky bamboo?

The Fire element is usually represented by the red ribbon that often accompanies a lucky bamboo plant, color red being an expression of the Fire feng shui element.

The Earth element is brought by the rocks that are usually present in the feng shui lucky bamboo arrangement, rocks being a perfect representation of the Earth feng shui element.

The Metal element is depicted either in the glass container of the arrangement or in the additional details such as a small figurine of the Laughing Buddha or the Chinese coins.

The Water element, of course, is represented by the actual water.

The Wood element is the lucky bamboo plant itself, as all plants represent the Wood feng shui element.

Another important detail of the feng shui lucky bamboo is the number of stalks. Of course, sometimes the lucky bamboo arrangements come with a large number of stalks, which are not counted and just bring the feeling of abundance. Still, the language of numbers is important in choosing the lucky bamboo as a feng shui cure.

Here is the meaning of the number of stalks in the most popular lucky feng shui bamboo arrangements

If choosing the lucky bamboo as a feng shui cure for love and marriage, go for 2 stalks, as this is the number that represents togetherness.

Happiness and completion are represented by number 3.

Number 5 is the symbolic number for health and family harmony.

8, the number of infinity, is the number associated with wealth and abundance.

And number 9, considered the highest number, is associated with good fortune.

As for the best feng shui placement of the lucky bamboo, the Health and Family/East bagua area and the Wealth and Money/Southeast area are considered the best ones to display the lucky bamboo in your home. The main entrance and the living room are generally good areas to display the lucky feng shui bamboo, with the bedroom being the worst area to have a lucky bamboo (unless you have a really big size bedroom and the bamboo is placed further from the bed)

No matter where you place your lucky bamboo, be sure to take good care of it, and be sure to keep it fresh and vibrant!

Continue Reading: What Are the Best Feng Shui Plants for My Home?

Rodika Tchi


Rodika Tchi is a master feng shui consultant, teacher, and author of two best-selling books on feng shui. She is the creator of The Feng Shui Home & Life Makeover, and has loyal clients all over the world. More about Rodika at