How Much Water for Lucky Bamboo?

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Secure lucky bamboo using pebbles when growing it in a container.

Often associated with the ancient Chinese practice feng shui, lucky bamboo evokes a serene feeling to any space. Adequately caring for lucky bamboo will result in a tall, healthy plant.

Amount of Water

Water your plant once per week.

Water a lucky bamboo plant once per week using 1 to 2 inches of water each time, suggests Administer water at the base of the cane, covering the roots.

Type of Water

Use rain or distilled water to water your bamboo plant.

Lucky bamboo's leaves turn yellow-brown when the plant receives water containing too much salt or fluoride. To prevent discoloration, water a lucky bamboo plant using distilled water or rain water. recommends to avoid giving tap water to lucky bamboo because the salt and fluoride contents will damage the plant.

Soil Moisture

Keep the soil moderately moist.

According to the Flower Shop Network, "soil should be kept moderately moist," not "soggy or dry." Inspect the soil before watering by inserting your finger an inch deep to check for dryness or oversaturation. Always plant lucky bamboo in a well-draining soil to avoid drowning the plant.


Change the water completely every two weeks.

The Flower Shop Network suggests that, when growing lucky bamboo in a container of water, change the water completely every two weeks. If using tap water, let it sit in a container overnight, allowing the chlorine to evaporate, before adding the lucky bamboo. Remember to keep water levels consistent over time.


Lucky bamboo thrives in humidity.

Lucky bamboo thrives in humidity. The Flower Shop Network advises that you mist lucky bamboo leaves and soil with water to maintain the plant in less humid environments.


Zoobia Ilyas

Zoobia Ilyas began writing professionally in 2010. Her work has appeared online for Sangam Literary Magazine, The Cynic Magazine, wiseGEEK and Gallery Femme. She writes fiction, memoir, nonfiction and social commentary essays specializing in women's issues in popular culture. Ilyas holds an honors Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Toronto.