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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Dracaena sanderiana - Lucky Bamboo, Ribbon Dracaena, Belgian Evergreen, Ribbon Plant

Dracaena sanderiana

I made a Shishi Odoshi tipping fountain out of PVC pipe (sprayed green) for my Desalination demonstration design. Lucky Bamboo in front, in the vase was used to catch the water and illustrate fresh water

Common name

Lucky Bamboo, Ribbon Dracaena, Belgian Evergreen, Ribbon Plant


It is native to Cameroon in tropical West Africa. It is marketed as a decorative Chinese plant but is unrelated to Bamboo and not native to Asia.


Numerous cultivars are sold as houseplants. Small straight stems or twisted long stems propagated from cuttings, usually with its roots in water. Dracaena sandriana can flower Autumn, Winter or early Spring.


Most plants we purchase are a healthy dark green but a variegated white and green is also available.

Vase life

Can last for a few years if you change the water every two weeks.




Often used in Feng Shui designs. Look great on its own or placed with round pebbles. Twisted shapes can be produced by rotating the plant to face the sun- this will take a long time


Place in a bright position with indirect light- direct sunlight can cause the leaves to turn brown. A lucky bamboo can also be used completely submerged in water for a few months and the life can be extended by allowing at least a few leaves to grow above the water line.

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Related Designs

18 October 2017 Dracaena Roots

Grow Dracaena plants in water for the roots

18 October 2017 Papier Mache pumpkin half

Glue thin tissue paper layers to a pumpkin to create a shape to design with

18 October 2017 On the inside

For a softer autumn leaf pod turn the leaves so that the bright side faces in when making the pod.

12 September 2012 Wrap a gift test tube with ribbon

Use this technique to gift ribbon wrap a single stem or cover the stems of a bouquet with ribbon

12 September 2012 A small token of appreciation

Small single stem favors for demonstrators.

1 April 2011 A Floral Art Demonstration by Floral Trends Design Group

A Floral Art Demonstration by Floral Trends Design Group with music, narration and pictorial presentation.

14 March 2011 MOULD

A mould is a hollow container or profile used to give shape to molten or hot liquid material as it cools and hardens.