How to Grow a Lucky Bamboo From Stem


Some people think their lucky bamboo (Dracaena Sanderana) brings them good fortune. Lucky or not, this plant is not a true bamboo. A member of the lily family, lucky bamboo grows upright, on long, round stems known as canes. The narrow, elongated leaves appear along the canes in shades of bright green. These plants propagate readily from cane cuttings, allowing you to grow new plants to add to existing houseplants or to share with neighbors and friends.

Step 1

Prepare a pot for your lucky bamboo cuttings before harvesting them from the parent plant. Select a shallow, wide pot that will hold water without leaking. Fill the pot with 2 or 3 inches of clean gravel or marbles. Keep the level of the gravel slightly below the rim of the container.

Step 2

Cut stem sections off of your lucky bamboo plant to propagate new plants. Starting from the top of the center cane, cut off 3- to 5-inch long sections of stem, making sure each portion contains at least two to three leaves. Do not disturb the bottom few inches of cane on the parent plant, as this segment will recover and grow new shoots and leaves.

Step 3

Scoop out a hole in the gravel in the prepared container. Place the bottom surface of the cane against the bottom of the container. Scoop the gravel around the lower portion to hold the cane in place. Plant several canes in one container, allowing them to grow close together to form a large display.

Step 4

Fill the container with bottled, non-chlorinated water, or remove the chlorine from your tap water by leaving it in a glass for at least 24 hours. Pour the water slowly into the container, using care to avoid disturbing the rocks around the new canes. Fill the container to a level slightly below the rim. Add water as necessary to keep it near this level.

Step 5

Place the lucky bamboo in a bright area but out of direct sunlight. Watch for the appearance of new roots to emerge from the cuttings. These roots may be visible against the bottom of a clear container.

Things You'll Need

  • Container
  • Gravel or marbles


  • University of Florida: Dracaena Production Guide
  • Palomar College: Bamboo
  • Bamboo World: Lucky Bamboo
  • "Botanica's Gardening Encyclopedia"; Susan Page; 2001
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