Care for House Bamboos


Indoor (house) bamboo, or lucky bamboo, plants can be found planted in soil. However, they are primarily marketed as a water (hydroponic) growing plant. The bamboo is placed in a fairly small container and held in place with polished stones, florist marbles or decorative gravel. Larger containers are used for groupings of the indoor, or house, bamboo. The most important aspect of caring for house bamboo is providing it with chemical-free, clean water.

Step 1

Remove the house bamboo plant and lay it onto a paper towel every 3 to 7 days. Dump the water and stones through a strainer. Rinse fresh water over the top of the stones. Lay them on a paper towel to dry them as much as possible.

Step 2

Wash the inside of the container with a mild dish soap and water, rinsing thoroughly. Dry the inside of the container.

Step 3

Pour the stones back into the bottom of the container. Rinse off the bamboo roots with chemical free water, gently. Work the bottom of the bamboo into the stones, until it is standing securely.

Step 4

Pour water back into the container. It should reach about 2 inches above the gravel (stone) line. If your tap water contains fluoride and/or chlorine you must filter the water. Then, let the water sit out overnight, so any additional chlorine will evaporate. Fluoride and chlorine are harmful to bamboo.

Step 5

Place your bamboo plant away from direct sunlight. Although it will appreciate natural light, it does not require a great deal of it.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towels
  • Mild soap
  • Strainer
  • Pure water
  • Water filter system (optional)


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Karen Ellis has been a full-time writer since 2006. She is an expert crafter, with more than 30 years of experience in knitting, chrocheting, quilting, sewing, scrapbooking and other arts. She is an expert gardener, with lifelong experience. Ellis has taken many classes in these subjects and taught classes, as well.