How to Care for Container Bamboo Plants


Although the lucky bamboo plant (Dracaena) certainly looks like actual bamboo, it is actually a member of the lily family. In recent years, lucky bamboo has become quite popular for growing indoors, not only for the luck it is said to bring, but because of how easy it is to care for bamboo plants that are grown in containers.

Step 1

Locate a place in your home where your plant will get sunlight. Lucky bamboo plants prefer indirect sunlight and a room temperature that is around 65 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

Allow water to stand overnight in an open container. Municipal public water often contains chemicals such as fluoride or chlorine that can stress a bamboo plant. When using regular tap water, run the water into an open container and allow it to sit for 12 to 24 hours before watering your bamboo plant.

Step 3

Fill the plant's container with water. Keep the water level an inch below the base of the canes to prevent the canes from rotting.

Step 4

Change the water weekly. The water for your bamboo plant should remain fresh because old water that remains in the container may become stagnate, causing mold or mildew to form.

Step 5

Keep your bamboo plant healthy by providing it with plant food. Add a small amount of standard plant food or African violet fertilizer to its weekly water change. Dilute the standard amount by one-tenth to avoid burning the plant's roots and follow manufacturer's recommended directions for feeding amounts.

Tips and Warnings

  • Yellow leaves are usually caused by either the bamboo plant getting too much direct sunlight or chemicals in the water. If you see yellow leaves, move the bamboo plant to a less sunny location and try natural or filtered water in place of tap water.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Plant food


  • Flower Shop Network: Caring For Lucky Bamboo Plants - July Newsletter
  • Chiff: Lucky Bamboo Quick Care Tips
Keywords: lucky bamboo, Dracaena, bamboo plants

About this Author

Kate Hornsby has been a professional pet sitter for a number of years and a small business owner for over twenty. She is the current Atlanta Pets Examiner and has written several articles on pet care and operating a small business. Hornsby attended the Academy of Art online, studying Interior Architecture and Design while pursuing commercial flight training at Aviation Atlanta in Georgia.