How to Prune Lucky Bamboo Plants

Overview

Lucky bamboo plants are great plant for anyone. These plants couldn't be any easier to grow. Lucky bamboo requires only a somewhat spacious growing dish and purified water to thrive and become a mature, beautiful plant. Adding an Asian sense of style to any décor, these plants can be bought at many garden specialty store or nurseries. The key to keeping these plants healthy and looking their best is pruning. With the right materials pruning can be quick, easy and effective.

Step 1

Wash the pruning shears blades in rubbing alcohol to keep from infecting the lucky bamboo plant with any fungus or disease that may have been on the last plant you pruned with the same pruning shears.

Step 2

Trim the light green foliage back 1 to 3 inches, depending upon the size of the shoots. Use sharp pruning shears to make each cut. Make your cuts straight across. New growth will spout around the cut.

Step 3

Dab some melted paraffin wax onto the area that was pruned to help seal off the shoot from disease and help keep in water. Use a craft stick to apply the wax easily.

Step 4

Remove the lucky bamboo plant from its planting dish and trim away any roots that cause the plant to be crowded once inserted into the dish. Replace the old water with fresh purified water.

Things You'll Need

  • Sharp pruning shears
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Paraffin wax
  • Craft stick
  • Purified water

References

  • Esprit de Isle: Care of Lucy Bamboo--Pruning
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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.