How to Plant Bamboo in a Water Container


True bamboo grows in soil, not in water, but gardeners can plant lucky bamboo (Dracaena) in water-filled containers to enjoy in the house. This type of bamboo grows well indoors and dislikes direct or bright light. For gardeners wanting a plant for an interior room or a fail-safe plant to give as a gift, a water container of lucky bamboo makes a thoughtful choice. notes that three bamboo stalks signify happiness, while five mean wealth.

Step 1

Select a container for your lucky bamboo that will hold all the stalks you want to plant without looking crowded. Alternately, plant a single stalk of lucky bamboo in each container. Use glass or ceramic containers that don't have drainage holes.

Step 2

Wash the container with warm soapy water, then rinse until the water runs clear.

Step 3

Fill the bottom 2 to 3 inches of your container with gravel.

Step 4

Insert the stems of your lucky bamboo into the gravel. Arrange the bamboo to your liking, having the stems at the same or different heights in the vase.

Step 5

Fill the container with water to 1 inch below the top of the container.

Step 6

Place the water container in a room where it receives indirect or no sunlight.

Step 7

Change the water in the container once weekly to keep the water fresh. Top off the water level as necessary to maintain a consistent level in the container.

Things You'll Need

  • Gravel


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