How to Care For Lucky Bamboo Plants

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Use bottled water if you live in an area that adds fluoride to the drinking water. Fluoride causes tip burn in Lucky Bamboo.


Don't plant outside. The Lucky Bamboo requires warm temperatures year-round.

Lucky Bamboo is part of the lily family.
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Lucky Bamboo plants are thought to bring luck and good fortune in Chinese culture and play an important role in Feng Shui. The strong, sturdy length and texture of the bamboo is symbolic of good health and a strong body. Even though the plant resembles actual bamboo, it is a member of the Dracaena species. Lucky Bamboo plants are extraordinarily easy to maintain.

Step 1

Buy a new Lucky Bamboo plant no more than a few inches high. Small plants are more likely to be in good health than larger ones. Pay close attention to how the Lucky Bamboo smells before buying it. It should smell fresh. If the bamboo has a sour odor, it might be rotting from the root. Look for another one.

Step 2

Choose a potting vase about two inches bigger and wider than the plant. The container must have drainage holes in the bottom so that the water is not trapped in the soil, which causes root rot.

Step 3

Plant the Lucky Bamboo in soil, filling the container half full of potting mix. Water every two days.

Step 4

Grow the Lucky Bamboo in water, if you prefer. Place pebbles in the bottom of the container to stabilize the plant. Fill the vase with water to a point just above the rocks. Plant the bamboo in the pebbles and let it grow. Change the water once a week.

Step 5

Give the plant filtered light, but no direct sun. The plant grows well in artificial lighting.

Step 6

Apply a weak, water-soluble fertilizer once a month, if you want to use it at all. It doesn't make much difference with Lucky Bamboo. The leaves grow about an inch a month.