Taking Care of Lucky Bamboo Plants

Overview

The lucky bamboo plant, sold in stores ranging from garden centers to convenience stores, is not a bamboo plant at all. Rather, it is a relative of the corn plant and is also known by the names of ribbon plant and Belgian evergreen. Because it can be grown in low light, needs relatively little care and grows in water or soil, the plant is popular as a house or office plant.

Grow in Water

Step 1

Center the lucky bamboo plant in a wide mouth vase.

Step 2

Stabilize the plant by placing marbles around the base of the stalk. If you don't have marbles, glass beads, river rock or pea gravel will work.

Step 3

Fill the vase with water.

Step 4

Place the lucky bamboo in a warm area where it will receive indirect light.

Step 5

Change the water weekly around the plant. Rinse off the marbles and reposition the stalk. This will help prevent root rot.

Grow in Soil

Step 1

Place 1 inch of pea gravel in the bottom of a 6-inch growing pot.

Step 2

Fill the pot with a good quality potting soil.

Step 3

Scoop a hole in the soil twice as wide as and slightly deeper than the roots on the stalk.

Step 4

Place the roots of the lucky bamboo in the hole and cover with potting soil.

Step 5

Place the pot in a warm area that receives plenty of indirect natural light. Water as necessary to keep the soil moist around the plant.

Things You'll Need

  • Vase
  • Marbles
  • 6-inch growing pot
  • Pea gravel
  • Potting soil

References

  • University of Florida IFAS Extension: Ask Wendy (near the bottom of the page)
  • PlantOasis.com: Lucky Bamboo
  • PlantCare.com: Belgian Evergreen, Lucky Bamboo
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G. K. Bayne is a freelance writer, currently writing for Demand Studios where her expertise in back-to-basics, computers and electrical equipment are the basis of her body of work. Bayne began her writing career in 1975 and has written for Demand since 2007.