Growing Lucky Bamboo Trees

Growing Lucky Bamboo Trees

About Lucky Bamboo

Lucky bamboo, also known as dracaena sanderiana, is a variety of tropical water lily. This plant grows profusely in Asia, where it's known as the "tree from heaven." Lucky bamboo is thought to bring good fortune. Most of the plants are exported to the United States from China, where it plays a very vital role in feng shui. Lucky bamboo can grow in places where there is no direct sunlight, so you can keep it in any corner of your home. They are easy-growing plants and need very little care. There are two ways of growing lucky bamboo trees: in water and in soil.

Growing In Water

To grow lucky bamboo trees in water, fill the bottom of the container or vase with decorative pebbles and stones.The water level should always be 1 to 2 inches above the pebbles. Add a few drops of lemon juice to the water for the plant. Lucky bamboo trees should be watered once a week. Tap water or rain water should be filtered before feeding lucky bamboo trees while spring water, well water and distilled water can be fed directly to the plant. Lucky bamboo trees should be kept indoors and out of direct sunlight, as the sun might burn the leaves. Lucky bamboo trees grow well in temperatures between 65 degrees and 90 degrees F. Control release fertilizer (CRF) helps the plant to become stronger, and grow new roots. Add 2 to 3 pills of CRF to the plant every two months. Remove yellow leaves, dead roots and offshoots. Dip the cut end in paraffin if you want to discourage new growth.

Growing In Soil

To grow lucky bamboo trees in soil, mix equal parts of peat moss, sand and soil. This mix will allow optimum drainage. Water the plant once a week, but let it remain damp all the time. Soggy soil is bad for the plant. Add 2 to 3 drops of fertilizer to the soil every two months. Trim dead leaves and roots regularly.

Things to Consider

Like most tropical plants, lucky bamboo is vulnerable to insect problems. Change water frequently and thoroughly cleanse the end of the bamboo and the container in mild dish detergent to kill larvae. Yellow leaves indicate too much sunlight or too much fertilizer. It is very important to give your plant the right amount of water and to keep it in appropriate temperature. Always keep the plant, vase, pot and pebbles clean to avoid rot.

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