How to Take Care of Bamboo Stalks


Lucky bamboo is a type of houseplant that consists of stalks, generally resting in a vase with rocks and water in the bottom. Bamboo stalks, which are actually members of the Dracaena family, are fairly simple to care for. They require clean water once every seven to 10 days, as well as indirect sunlight and perhaps a touch of fertilizer each month. Other than that, these lucky bamboo houseplants are quite self-sufficient.

Step 1

Fill a small bowl with water and let it sit, uncovered, for 24 hours. Regular tap water contains too much chlorine and fluoride for bamboo stalks, so it's important to use distilled water in their vases.

Step 2

Slide the bamboo stalks out of the vase with your fingers and place them on a folded towel. Dump the rocks into a strainer and rise them clean with cool water.

Step 3

Pour the rocks back into the vase and replace the bamboo stalks, pushing them far enough into the rocks so they can stand on their own. Pour several inches of distilled water into the vase--just enough to cover the rocks.

Step 4

Apply a fertilizer solution in place of water once a month. Mix one part mild houseplant fertilizer with 10 parts distilled water and pour enough into the vase to cover the rocks.

Step 5

Place bamboo stalk plants in areas that get indirect light, such as near a north- or south-facing window. Fluorescent light, such as that found in office complexes, will also suffice.

Things You'll Need

  • Small bowl
  • Towel
  • Strainer
  • Mild houseplant fertilizer


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Katie Leigh is a freelance writer and editor based in Chicago. A Loyola University New Orleans graduate with a Bachelor's degree in communications, Leigh has worked as a copy editor, page designer and reporter for several daily newspapers and specialty publications since 2005.