How to Plant Good Luck Bamboo


Contrary to its name, lucky bamboo (dracaena sanderana) is not a true bamboo plant. Also known as good luck bamboo and ribbon plant, this perky plant belongs to the lily family. Good luck bamboo produces graceful leaves along a thick, upright stem. Uses in tabletop gardens or single containers as houseplants and office plants, the good luck bamboo plant enhances indoor areas with its small size and clear, green growth. Plant one of these lucky bamboos to add to your collection of indoor plants.

Step 1

Select a shallow container for your lucky bamboo. These plants grow from cane cuttings and form roots only where the water submerges the stalk. Choose a waterproof container, such as a casserole dish or a drip tray for placing under pots that have drainage holes. Avoid metal containers that may leech harmful levels of minerals into the water of your bamboo plant.

Step 2

Mix up a loose potting soil for your bamboo. Although many people grow these plants in water, they flourish in moist, well-drained soils. Mix equal parts of peat moss, potting soil and fine gravel. Check your pet supply store for unpainted gravel used in fish aquariums. This fine gravel supports the roots while keeping the sand and peat from compacting. Mix these ingredients together to form a loose medium for your plant.

Step 3

Fill your container with your mixed soil, leaving about ½ inch between the surface of the medium and the rim of your container. Scoop a hole in the center of your planting medium. Make the hole at least 2 inches deep to hold the plant in its upright position. Insert the bottom portion of the bamboo cane into the scooped hole. Gently fill in the hole with your planting medium, lightly packing it around the base of the bamboo to keep it in place.

Step 4

Pour water into your container until moisture appears throughout the surface of the soil. Use non-chlorinated bottled water or water that you left standing in a glass overnight. Avoid harming your plant with chlorinated tap water right out of the faucet. Let tap water sit for at least 8 hours to allow the chlorine to dissipate.

Step 5

Place your new bamboo plant in an area that provides bright, indirect light. Do not place your bamboo in a window with exposure to full sunlight. This can burn your bamboo plant and cause it to die.

Things You'll Need

  • Waterproof container
  • Peat moss
  • Potting soil
  • Fine gravel
  • Water


  • Palomar College: Bamboo
  • Bamboo World: Lucky Bamboo
  • "Botanica's Gardening Encyclopedia", Susan Page, 2001

Who Can Help

  • University of Florida: Dracaena Production Guide
Keywords: lucky bamboo, good luck bamboo, bamboo houseplant

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Laura Dee is a writer, artist, and the co-owner of Wallace & Wallace Copywriting,an online business which specializes in providing marketing materials and copy to various companies. She has written for Demand Studios since 2008 and is currently working on a series of childrens' picture books.