Growing Lucky Bamboo Indoors in Water


A type of Dracaena, lucky bamboo does not actually belong to the bamboo family. The segmented portions of the stem look similar to real bamboo, hence the plant's common name. Said to boost Feng Shui, lucky bamboo supposedly improves the positive flow of energy and provides passive “blessings,” depending on the number of stalks. The plant's attractive growth habit and ease of care make it popular in offices and other bright, indoor locations.

Step 1

Fill a vase halfway with distilled water and insert the lucky bamboo stalks. Keep the plant indoors in a location that receives bright, indirect light. Maintain a regular temperature of 65 to 80 degrees F at all times.

Step 2

Add small pebbles to the vase until the lucky bamboo stands on its own. Remove the pebbles from the vase about once every month and clean them thoroughly to prevent any mildew or fungi from accumulating.

Step 3

Change the water in the vase about once a month, or whenever the pebbles are cleaned. Gently remove the bamboo stalks from the vase and set them aside while cleaning the container. Add fresh distilled water, then place the stalks and pebbles back in the vase.

Step 4

Feed your lucky bamboo plant immediately after changing the water using a liquid houseplant fertilizer diluted to 1/10 strength. This usually equates to about 2 or 3 drops, but read the manufacturer's instructions to prevent over-feeding.

Step 5

Change the growth habit of lucky bamboo by blocking three sides of the plant from all light and placing a bright light source on the fourth side. The plant will begin to grow towards the light. Rotate the light source to a different side to change the plant's direction.

Things You'll Need

  • Vase Distilled water Pebbles Liquid houseplant fertilizer


  • University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture: Lucky Bamboo
  • Flower Shop Network: Caring for Lucky Bamboo
  • Winnipeg Flowers: Lucky Bamboo History, Meaning and Care
Keywords: growing lucky bamboo, lucky bamboo care, indoor lucky bamboo

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Willow Sidhe is a freelance writer living in the beautiful Hot Springs, AR. She is a certified aromatherapist with a background in herbalism. She has extensive experience gardening, with a specialty in indoor plants and herbs. Sidhe's work has been published on numerous Web sites, including