How to Care for Dracena Plants


The dracaena plant is more commonly known as lucky bamboo or indoor bamboo, although it is not from the bamboo family at all. It just looks like bamboo. Dracaena actually is a member of the lily plant family. When you purchase a dracaena plant it will most likely be structured in stones, growing in water, within a vase or plant container.

Step 1

Clean the dracaena plant about once a week. Remove the plant stalk and lay in on a paper towel.

Step 2

Pour the stones and water through a strainer. Rinse the stones with spring or bottled water. Do not use tap water, which may have harmful fluoride and chlorine.

Step 3

Wash the vase or container with soap and water. Rinse the inside of the container with spring water.

Step 4

Rinse the plant roots, gently, with your fingers and spring water.

Step 5

Pour half of the stones back into the plant container. Work the dracaena stalk into the stones, almost to the bottom of the container. Pour the rest of the stones around the stalk.

Step 6

Fill the plant container with spring water, just over the top of the roots, which must be kept moist at all times.

Step 7

Place the dracaena plant in a location away from a window that receives direct sunlight.

Step 8

Feed the dracaena with a houseplant fertilizer twice a year, following the directions per the manufacturer.

Things You'll Need

  • Dracaena plant
  • Paper towel
  • Strainer
  • Spring water
  • Houseplant fertilizer


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Keywords: dracaena plant, lucky bamboo, indoor bamboo

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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.