Lucky bam­boo plants re­main highly sought after for this Chi­nese New Year.

It sym­bol­ises suc­cess in ev­ery step

The Star Malaysia - - Front Page - By RENA LIM [email protected]­

GE­ORGE TOWN: In wel­com­ing a pros­per­ous Chi­nese New Year, lucky bam­boo plants re­main highly sought after for its beau­ti­fully in­ter­twined shoots.

Cus­tomers have or­dered their share of the lucky plant that sym­bol­ises bu bu gao shen

(ev­ery step bring­ing in more suc­cess).

Gor­geous R&S Gar­den nurs­ery as­sis­tant Saw Gim Hwa, 47 said they were now stocked with lucky bam­boos be­sides kumquat (lime trees), an­other com­mon plant for the fes­tive sea­son.

“Our lucky bam­boo with in­ter­twined shoots are pop­u­lar as they rep­re­sent a change or a twist in luck, which the Chi­nese call zhuan yun.

“Kumquat plants are pop­u­lar as those with boun­ti­ful fruits are be­lieved to be able to bring good luck and for­tune all year round,” she said.

Saw said an­other type of plant which is pop­u­lar among busi­ness­men is the US Dol­lar plant, also known as fa cai shu (pros­per­ity tree).

“These are petite plants with plain green leaves. Many like to place them in of­fices as they sym­bol­ise for­tune and pros­per­ity.

“We also have them in fancy vases so they can be used for dec­o­ra­tive pur­poses,” Saw said.

Lucky plant: The lucky bam­boo plant will be tak­ing cen­tre stage in many homes this Chi­nese New Year.

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