How to Plant Lucky Bamboo

Overview

Lucky bamboo makes a surprisingly forgiving houseplant and, according to the principles of Feng Shui, also brings natural elements into your home. Lucky bamboo is usually rooted in water with small pebbles to support it, but it can be replanted by transferring it into a larger vase of water or planting it permanently in a pot of sand or soil.

Step 1

Upend your lucky bamboo plant over a paper plate or bowl. Support the bamboo stems with your hand as you gently draw away the vase away. Move slowly to avoid damaging the bamboo's roots. Some pebbles will probably fall out of the vase; the paper plate or bowl will catch them.

Step 2

Place the lucky bamboo in a vase 2 inches larger than the old one. Continue supporting the stems as you use a scoop, your hands or a large funnel to add small pebbles to support the bamboo stems. Add pebbles until they just reach the uppermost level of roots; this is also the appropriate water level for your bamboo. You can reuse the pebbles from the previous vase, but may need to add more.

Step 3

Fill the vase with non-fluoridated water until it just covers the bamboo's pebbles and roots. You can set out a pitcher of tap water for 24 hours ahead of time to let the fluoride evaporate.

Step 4

Plant your bamboo in soil, if you prefer, by choosing a pot 2 inches larger than the bamboo's previous home. Fill the pot half-full of sand or sand mixed with gardening soil. Scoop a small hole in the center of the sand and place the bamboo stems root-first.

Step 5

Adjust the stems up or down, scooping out or adding sand as necessary, until they're resting in the sand with their highest root growth just more than 1 inch below the rim of the pot. Fill the sand or sandy soil in around the stems until it reaches 1 inch below the edge of the pot and water thoroughly.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper plate or bowl
  • Vase or pot, 2 inches larger than previous container
  • Pebbles or sandy soil

References

  • Chiff
  • Esprit de Isle
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Marie Mulrooney has written professionally since 2001. Her diverse background includes numerous outdoor pursuits, personal training and linguistics. She studied mathematics at the University of Alaska Anchorage and contributes regularly to such websites as eHow, Garden Guides, LiveSTRONG and Trails.com. Print publication credits include national magazines, poetry awards and long-lived columns about local outdoor adventures.