How to Care for Chinese Bamboo Plants


Chinese bamboo plants, also called lucky bamboo plants, are believed by many to increase positive energy in the home while keeping negative energy at bay. Different combinations and formations of Chinese bamboo are believed to affect energy differently, attracting luck, love, health or general positive energy. These plants are hearty and easy to care for.

Step 1

Make sure your plant is in a good container. It should be only a few inches larger than the cluster of plants. The stalks should be rooted securely in an anchoring material, such as gravel, marbles, sand or river rocks. This helps the plant establish roots.

Step 2

Use only filtered or purified water in your plant's container. Chinese bamboo doesn't thrive in water that contains high levels of treatment chemicals, such as tap water. Since Chinese bamboo uses only water and sun to make everything it needs to thrive and grow, good-quality water is important.

Step 3

Change the water weekly or bi-weekly. Rinse any algae, mold or mildew from the walls of the container. Rinse off the anchoring material as well. This will help prevent bacteria and fungal growth, which could damage the plant's root structure.

Step 4

Keep the plant out of direct sunlight. A sunny window will burn your plant. Pay attention to the leaves. If you notice yellowing with brown tips, you could have the plant in too much sunlight. Indirect or filtered light, like on an interior table rather than a windowsill, is best.

Step 5

Fertilize rarely. Bamboo plants do not need fertilizer to grow. Add one or two drops of aquarium plant food to the container once a year. Do not fertilize more often, or you may kill it.

Things You'll Need

  • Purified water
  • Aquarium fertilizer


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Keywords: Chinese bamboo, lucky bamboo, feng shui

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Lillian Downey has an extensive and diverse background, including studies in English, social work, women's studies, non-profit management, political science and nursing. In addition to writing, she has worked as a sex-ed teacher, clinic manager, pregnancy options counselor and mental health professional. She served as Editor-in-Chief of Nexus Journal of Literature and Art and an Assistant Fiction Editor at the Antioch Review.