Cutting Lucky Bamboo


The lucky bamboo, part of the Dracaena genus, is simple to grow in your office or other indoor settings. Most often, the plant is grown in a water or rock medium. A member of the lily family, the lucky bamboo requires indirect sunlight and moderate room temperatures. Cutting lucky bamboo reduces weight for plants that are top-heavy. Also, it stimulates new growth and builds a stronger root system. Use cuttings to propagate the plant to keep or give to others.

Step 1

Sterilize pruning shears with a mild disinfectant spray. Spray the blades and allow them to dry.

Step 2

Hold the pruning shears at a 45-degree angle to the lucky bamboo shoot at the desired location for the cut.

Step 3

Cut up to the top half of the shoot off. Make the cut just below one of the plant's bracket marks. This is a small, brown ring or joint on the shoot.

Step 4

Place the cutting in the original potting medium immediately.

Step 5

Repeat the previous steps with each shoot of the lucky bamboo plant.

Step 6

Remove the parent plant from the potting medium. Trim and cut up to 1/3 of the roots for lucky bamboo plants that are root-bound. Replace the parent plant back in the potting medium. Place cut roots in a bowl of warm water for propagation or discard. Wait 24 hours.

Step 7

Replace the water in the potting medium with fresh water.

Step 8

Fill a spray bottle with lukewarm tap water. Mist the parent and cut lucky bamboo plants.

Tips and Warnings

  • Never cut lucky bamboo during the active growing season. Wait until the plant is dormant. Only make root cuts once a year and during the dormancy period.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Disinfectant spray
  • Bowl
  • Spray bottle


  • "Ornamental Bamboos"; David Crompton; 2006

Who Can Help

  • ChiFF: Quick Tips-Lucky Bamboo
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Lisha Smith writes for several blogs and has freelanced for six years. She has a Bachelor of Arts from UNC-Greensboro in psychology. Smith has self-published several books. Her areas of experience include gardening, cooking, home improvement, pets and mental health.