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Chinese Water Bamboo
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Well known throughout China, this
plant is probably the most popular indoor plant in China and is well regarded in
art of Feng Shui in which the plant is treated as a symbol of good luck. New
businesses are presented with towers of canes up to 1 meter high as gifts of
luck for the new venture and the plants will be kept near the entrance of the
business to attract good fortune. Chinese New Year is celebrated with the giving
of a Dracaena as a gift to bring prosperity for the new year. Lucky Bamboo is
also attributed to bringing good luck, prosperity, health (Chi), harmony, peace
and virtuous (Zen) Relationship.
Growing in water.
Provided the water does not become
polluted the dracaena can survive indefinitely. They can be grown in clear or
opaque containers with up to 50 mm of water (5 to 10mm preferred), the water
does not need to be changed unless it becomes cloudy or smelly or some canes
begin to rot, in a container without rotting material the water will remain
fresh indefinitely and only need to be topped up as the plant drinks, week doses
of fertilizer can be applied occasionally, in sunny positions the water may
become green, this is not a problem but may need to be rinsed if the algae
chokes the water. The dracaena canes produce new shoots when cut, these shoots
will grow upright for up to 1 meter with about 3 to 4 cm between each leaf. The
growth is controlled by the availability of food and so the plant can be kept
small for a very long time. The stems once to tall can easily be cut above the
lowest leaf to encourage a new shoot and keep the plant small, each leaf stem
can produce only one shoot so be careful not to damage them. The canes can be
kept out of water for short periods provided the roots are kept moist. If the
roots dry out or are damages some canes may die, these are easily removed once
they go soft. Take care when removing the plant from water often as this can
damage the roots and cause some stems to die, these stems will rot and should be
removed once soft, a newly purchased plant may loose one or two stems, this is
normal and is hard to prevent, remove these once they become soft, not before.
Dracaena in water should be kept in a warmer position than those in soil, in
cold dark places the lower stems will may yellow off and die.
Recipe for a healthy plant.
Plenty of light, keep wet always, feed sparingly and avoid handling.
This method of growing Dracaena sanderiana has been introduced into Australia by Paradisia,
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