How to Take Care of a Chinese Bamboo Plant

Overview

Chinese bamboo are considered lucky plants that bring good fortune. Once seen primarily in China, they are now common in much of the United States. They are often used in feng shui (the art of placement) because they symbolize water and wood elements. Bamboo is grown in tray-like containers filled with water and gravel, instead of soil. Though they are low-maintenance, Chinese bamboo plants still require some attention to enhance their growth.

Step 1

Water with filtered or purified water if your tap water contains fluoride or chlorine. The chemicals will have adverse effects on the plant.

Step 2

Pour the water over the gravel in the bamboo container. Make sure there is water on all the rocks, so that it cleans out any mold or algae. Dump the water from the tray once a week and add fresh water.

Step 3

Fertilize Chinese bamboo annually in the summer. Apply 1 or 2 drops of aquarium plant food to the water at the base of the plant. Adding more than this will hurt the plant.

Step 4

Keep the plant in indirect sunlight. Inside a room is a good place because it receives filtered light. Direct sun can burn the bamboo.

Step 5

Keep the temperature indoors between 50 and 90 degrees F. Humidity or cooler temperatures can kill the plant.

Step 6

Prune the Chinese bamboo if it grows too long. Snip off the very top. You can place this segment in gravel and water to establish a new plant.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Aquarium plant food
  • Pruning shears

References

  • Bamboo Grove: Lucky Bamboo
  • Plant-Care.com: Lucky Bamboo--Dracaena sanderiana
  • TheGardenersRake.com: Lucky Bamboo
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