How to Grow Lucky Bamboo Plants

Overview

Lucky bamboo is not actually bamboo but instead it is a member of the lily family and is very closely related to the tropical water lily. It is native to Asia and most of the Lucky Bamboo that is sold in the US is from China. Lucky bamboo is one of the easiest plants to grow indoors because it needs very little light. It is often used as a feng shui accessory and is said to be the luckiest when it is given to you as a gift.

Step 1

Choose an arrangement that has a lot of bright green color. The leaves should not have any black on the tips. If the color is a light green it means that it has been fertilized too much and is not a good choice. The container that the plant is in should be at least half full or water. If the plant is in soil then the soil should be moist. These are all signs that the plant is healthy.

Step 2

Leave the bamboo in its original container or choose a small decorative vase. Use pebbles, rocks or sand at the bottom of the container to hold the stalk in place. You can also plant the bamboo in soil but you must keep it moist in order for the plant to thrive

Step 3

Place your new plant in a bright window where it will be near a lot of sunlight when you first bring it home. Gradually move the plant away from the window. Move it further from the window every few days so it will adjust.

Step 4

Water the bamboo after a few days. Allow the plant to adjust to its new home before you add new water. Too much change at one time can harm the plant. Chlorine and other tap water contaminates can harm lucky bamboo. Choose bottle watered instead of tap water. If you have a fish tank you can also save the water from the tank when you change it and use that to water the bamboo. The nutrients that can be found in the tank water will act as fertilizer.

Step 5

Change the water in your lucky bamboo plant once a week. Add a few drops of aquarium plant food directly into the water every two months. This will keep the plant healthy.

Step 6

Encourage the plant to curl by placing the plant in shady place with little light but with a bright light source on one side. When you see the plant begin to bend towards the light turn the pot about an inch and continue to do this until the plant is growing in spirals.

Things You'll Need

  • Bottled water
  • Aquarium plant food
  • Pebbles
  • Vase

References

  • About Lucky Bamboo
  • Caring For Lucky Bamboo
  • Lucky Bamboo
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About this Author

Melanie Hammontree has a master's in business and is working on a master's in journalism from the University of Tennessee. She is a member of the Society for Porfessional Journalists and has been writing for five years. Works include publications with Hall County Crime Examiner, Player's Press and The Gainesville Times.