Lucky bamboo is an easy-to-care facility that makes it great for offices and homes alike. It is able to grow in air or rain, but it has the longest life when it develops in soil. Because it’s a Dracaena, fortunate bamboo treatment is more in line with Dracaena feeding than with bamboo. It should be replaced every week because it rises in water.
When rooted in the field, the soil should be kept moderately damp, so do not spill or let it warm. Lucky bamboo is best suited to ambient light and temperatures between 65 and 95 ° F (18 and 35 ° C). This enjoys these somewhat humid environments and is rated to be in hardness levels of 10–11.
Lucky Bamboo Care Tips
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It’s pretty easy to learn how to take care of fortunate bamboo. We have included in-depth information on sunshine, soil, heat, contamination, potting, reproduction needs and specific pests and problems. Our fast step-by-step Bamboo Care Guide can be found below:
Carefully remove any packaging and add rocks to your container to act as an anchor.
Place your bamboo in indirect sunlight.
Fill your container with enough water to cover the roots.
Lucky bamboo prefers a temperature range of 65–95°F (18–35°C).
Optional: use a liquid houseplant fertilizer every three to four weeks.
Remove any yellow leaves.
Repot the bamboo as its roots outgrow the container.
Sunlight: Lucky bamboo requires moderate or indirect sunlight. Direct sunlight will scorch the leaves, so avoid placing your plant in front of a bright window. Scorched leaves look like how they sound: The edges of the leaves will have a brown tinge to them almost like they were burned by fire. If your leaves look a little scorched, move your bamboo to an area with less light.
Water: If growing your plant in soil, make sure it’s kept slightly damp. Don’t let the soil get too dry and don’t overwater since that can lead to root rot. Bamboo does not need much water to survive, but it can be grown in water as well. If you choose to grow your bamboo in water, make sure the roots always stay covered with water. Replenish your lucky bamboo with fresh water every seven to 10 days to keep it happy and healthy.
Algae can form in the water, so try to clean the container and change the water regularly (about once a week). Tap water is fine for the bamboo plant to drink, as long as the chlorine levels are low. To be safe, leave the tap water out overnight so that chlorine can evaporate before you use it to water your lucky bamboo.
ProTip: If you have high levels of fluoride in your tap water, we recommend using filtered water, such as bottled water. Fluoride will not evaporate and is toxic to plants like lucky bamboo.
Temperatures: Lucky bamboo thrives at temperatures ranging from 65–95 ° F (18–35 ° C) to a large office or house plant. During colder months, be wary of leaving your plant near windows or other cold-blown locations.
Toxicity: Lucky bamboo is toxic for cats and dogs, so make sure to keep it out of reach. If consumed by your fur babies it can cause incoordination, weakness, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, drooling and dilated pupils. Lucky bamboo is not toxic to humans, however.
Pests: Some common pests that affect lucky bamboo include mealybugs, mites and fungal infections. If you notice grey fuzz on your plant it could be a fungal infection, so remove the infected growth, keep the stalk and leaves dry, and increase air circulation. Mealybugs are small white insects that should be removed manually and with rubbing alcohol. Although mites (presented as white webbing or fuzz) don’t typically affect lucky bamboo, they can be caught by other household plants. They need to be eradicated with water and dish detergent — see plant disease treatments for more detail.
Problems: Your fortunate bamboo is meant to be brown, but if any portion of the stem or leaves is orange, it means that your plant may be ill. Replace the yellow portion of the stem or the leaves entirely so that it does not spread to the remainder of the crop.
Repotting: How do you know when to repot your bamboo? You should repot once the roots become too tight in the container. Once you see the roots crowding, move the bamboo to a larger container. If your plant is growing in just water, simply move it to a new vase. If you use stones, remove them, put your plant in a new container (or cut the roots back to use the same bowl) and cover the rocks. If you use soil, dampen the soil, turn the plant with your hand on the stalks and soil to remove the plant and move it to a larger pot.
Propagation: To propagate a lucky bamboo plant, first identify a healthy parent stalk (should have more than two bamboo segments) with an offshoot. Clip the offshoot from where it connects to the parent plant stalk and remove its bottom layer of leaves to create a new independent stalk. Place the new stalk in a small container of water and nurture the plant as you would a larger one. Repot as needed.