Growing Lotus Bamboo Indoors


The lotus bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana), also known as the flower bamboo, is an attractive indoor plant that grows in water. You can grow your lotus bamboo in a decorative vase or pot filled with pea gravel or small stones and a few inches of water. The lotus bamboo will thrive under the right indoor conditions. Lotus bamboo plants can live for many years with minimal care, making them ideal houseplants.

Step 1

Place your lotus bamboo in partial, dappled sunlight. Maintain air temperatures around the lotus bamboo plant of 65 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

Keep the water level in the lotus bamboo pot or vase at no more than 1 ½ to 2 inches. Replace the water once every week, using non-fluoridated distilled water. Don't add more than 2 inches of water to prevent the canes from rotting.

Step 3

Feed your lotus bamboo a high-nitrogen liquid fertilizer once every two weeks during the spring and summer. Apply the fertilizer when you're replacing the water and follow the fertilizer directions on the label.

Step 4

Prune your lotus bamboo in the fall and winter to remove all the dead leaves with sharp scissors.

Step 5

Thin the stems in the winter, removing about one-third of them with pruning shears. In early spring or late winter, before new growth emerges, cut back the stems by one-quarter or one-third of their height.

Things You'll Need

  • Lotus bamboo plant
  • Pot or vase
  • Non-fluoridated distilled water
  • High-nitrogen liquid fertilizer
  • Sharp scissors
  • Pruning shears


  • Lotus Bamboo

Who Can Help

  • Bonsai Gardener: Bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana)
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