How to Care for the Lucky Bamboo House Plant

Overview

Lucky bamboo is a member of the Dracaena plant family. Dracaena plants are well known for their ability to thrive in adverse indoor conditions. Lucky bamboo plants grow best in a hydroponic environment; stand the plant in a vase filled with the appropriate water and a lucky bamboo can thrive for years. Known for their interesting spiral shapes and bright green foliage, lucky bamboo house plants have signified good fortune in Asian cultures for at least 4,000 years. The lucky bamboo house plant will flourish with minimal care and attention.

Step 1

Stand a stalk of lucky bamboo inside a vase or container that supports the stalk and covers the roots. Fill in around the base of the house plant with decorative stones to anchor the stalk in a vertical position.

Step 2

Fill the container with distilled water, not tap water.

Step 3

Place the lucky bamboo house plant in an area that receives bright, indirect light.

Step 4

Change the water in the lucky bamboo house plant every three to five days.

Step 5

Fertilize lucky bamboo house plants sparingly, if at all, with 1/10th of the recommended dosage for other house plants.

Step 6

Turn the lucky bamboo frequently to maintain the spiral shape at the top of the plant, which naturally leans toward the light.

Step 7

Trim away any brown or yellow leaves as they appear.

Tips and Warnings

  • Chlorine and fluoride found in most tap waters can adversely affect the lucky bamboo house plant. If you must use tap water, fill an open watering container and allow it to sit for at least 24 hours before adding the water to the lucky bamboo container. The chloride will dissipate within 24 hours, but the fluoride can still be present. If the tips of the lucky bamboo leaves become yellow or brown, your water may contain too much fluoride or chlorine. Too much fertilizer can cause the lucky bamboo's roots to burn.

Things You'll Need

  • Vase
  • Distilled water
  • Stones
  • Grow light
  • Plant food

References

  • Plant Care: Lucky Bamboo

Who Can Help

  • Flower Shop Network: Caring for Lucky Bamboo Plants
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About this Author

Katherine Kally is a freelance writer specializing in eco-friendly home improvement projects, practical craft ideas and cost effective decorating solutions. Kally's work has been featured on sites across the Web. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.