Lucky Bamboo Pruning


Lucky bamboo plants are great for any décor, no matter what the style may be. Because these plants are simple yet elegant, they can be found in homes and offices around the world. They require little care and can grow in containers of the growers' choice. Owners of lucky bamboo plants prune the plants to change their looks and to keep it growing at their best. With a little time and the proper materials, pruning a lucky bamboo plant can be easy and effective.

Step 1

Trim the light green growth that is growing from the bamboo shoots 1 to 2 inches back, depending upon the length of the shoots. Use very sharp pruning shears to complete this task; dull pruning shears will rip away the green growth, causing damage to the lucky bamboo plant.

Step 2

Melt paraffin wax in the microwave or over open flame on your stove. Use a teaspoon to drip a small drop of paraffin wax on each stem that received pruning. The wax seals off the shoots to keep them from disease and help keep water from evaporating.

Step 3

Remove the lucky bamboo from its planting container and trim the roots if they have grown too large to be contained inside of the container. Overcrowded roots can be detrimental to the plant's health.

Step 4

Replace the water in the lucky bamboo's planting container with clear, purified water to start the plant off on the right foot after its pruning session.

Things You'll Need

  • Lucky bamboo plant
  • Sharp pruning shears
  • Paraffin wax
  • Teaspoon
  • Purified water


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Jason M. Bruner is a freelance writer who has been in the field for more than five years. His content has been previously published on sites such as eHow.