Lucky Bamboo Instructions


Lucky bamboo is a popular houseplant for homes and offices for its ease of care and the fact it does not require much light. You can purchase these plants in grocery and craft stores and garden centers, but it is not really bamboo. Dracaena sanderiana, which looks like bamboo with it stalk appearance and small leaves, is a tropical plant from Southeast Asia or tropical West Africa. Lucky bamboo is believed to bring luck, good fortune and health into your home or office, especially if you receive it as a gift.

Step 1

Place a thin layer gravel, marbles or sand at the bottom of the container. Set the lucky bamboo on top and add the rest of the medium around the stalk or stalks. The medium can be anything you like; it just has to hold the stalks or the plant in the container.

Step 2

Pour distilled water into the container to cover at least 3 inches of the bottom of the stalks. Tap water may be used if you are sure there is no chlorine or fluoride in it--these chemicals will kill the plant.

Step 3

Put 1 drop of liquid fertilizer into the water when first planting and again each month.

Step 4

Place the plant in a warm area with some indirect sunlight if possible. If the plant is placed in a room with no windows, put it close to a lamp and keep the light on for at least 3 hours each day. Do not put the lucky bamboo in direct sunlight.

Step 5

Change the water every week to two weeks to keep it clean. Watch for any algae growth in the container and clean it out when you change the water.

Things You'll Need

  • Container at least 4 inches deep
  • Gravel, marbles or sand
  • Distilled water
  • Liquid fertilizer


  • University of Illinois Extension: Lucky or Curly Bamboo
  • Washington State University Extension: Garden Tips
  • Fast Feng Shui: How to Choose and Care for Lucky Bamboo
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Dale DeVries is a retired realtor with 30 years of experience in almost every facet of the business. DeVries started writing in 1990 when she wrote advertising and training manuals for her real estate agents. Since retiring, she has spent the last two years writing well over a thousand articles online for Associated Content, Bright Hub and Demand Studios.