How to Take Care of Your Bamboo Houseplants


Bamboo houseplants, or lucky bamboos, are nice house or office plants that need little sunlight. They can be placed on a dimly lit desk or table top where other plants may not do as well. They come in vases or containers with stones and water. They are not actually from the bamboo family, although they look like bamboo. They are a type of African water lily called dracaena. Lucky bamboo grows naturally, outdoors, in tropical and subtropical locations.

Step 1

Clean your bamboo houseplant about once a week. Remove the bamboo stalk and put it on a towel.

Step 2

Pour the water and stones through a fine-meshed strainer. Rinse the rocks under clean, non-chemical water, such as spring water. Chemicals, such as chlorine and fluoride, are harmful to bamboo houseplants.

Step 3

Wash the plant container with soap and water. Give it a final rinse with spring water.

Step 4

Pour spring water over the roots of the bamboo plant, rubbing them gently with your fingers.

Step 5

Pour about 1 inch of stones back into the plant container. Work the bamboo, root-side down, into the center of the container--almost to the bottom. Put the rest of the stones around the plant stalk for stability.

Step 6

Pour enough spring water into the container to cover the roots. Check the water during the week. Keep the roots covered in water. Place the plant container back in its permanent location.

Step 7

Feed the bamboo houseplant two times per year, following the manufacturer's instructions, with a houseplant fertilizer.

Tips and Warnings

  • If the bamboo houseplant's leaves turn yellow or brown, it is getting too much direct sunlight. Move it farther away from the window.

Things You'll Need

  • Dracaena (lucky bamboo plant)
  • Towel
  • Spring water
  • Houseplant fertilizer


  • Chiffs: Lucky Bamboo
  • Dracaena: Dracaena
  • University of Illinois Extension: Dracaena
Keywords: bamboo houseplant care, lucky bamboo care, dracaena care

About this Author

Karen Ellis has been a full-time writer since 2006. She is an expert crafter, with more than 30 years of experience in knitting, chrocheting, quilting, sewing, scrapbooking and other arts. She is an expert gardener, with lifelong experience. Ellis has taken many classes in these subjects and taught classes, as well.