How to Train Lucky Bamboo

Overview

Lucky bamboo plants have become a popular plant for home and office, and for good reason. The attractive little lucky bamboo plant is nearly indestructible, and will grow even if it's ignored for long periods of time. Lucky bamboo plants are naturally straight, but with some time and patience, lucky bamboo can be trained to a lovely curly shape. Start out with a healthy, young lucky bamboo plant.

Step 1

Locate a cardboard box slightly taller than your lucky bamboo plant. Cut out one side of the cardboard box with scissors or a craft knife.

Step 2

Place the lucky bamboo plant in the sunniest window in your house or office, and put the cardboard box over the lucky bamboo plant with the open side facing toward the window and the remaining three sides in the shade. The lucky bamboo plant will naturally grow toward the light.

Step 3

Rotate the lucky bamboo plant about an inch when you see the beginnings of a curl. Continue to turn the plant a little at a time until it reaches the desired level of curliness. Keep in mind that this won't happen overnight. Lucky bamboo plant is a relatively slow-growing plant.

Step 4

Keep the lucky bamboo plant healthy while you're training it. Change the water every week. Always used distilled water, because the minerals and salts in tap water will build up and eventually can injure the lucky bamboo plant. You can give the lucky bamboo plant a drop of liquid houseplant fertilizer every three to four months but it isn't crucial.

Things You'll Need

  • Lucky bamboo plant
  • Cardboard box
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • Distilled water
  • Liquid houseplant fertilizer

References

  • Fast Feng Shui: How to Choose and Care for Luck Bamboo
  • Dave's Greenery: Spiral Bamboo
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About this Author

M.H. Dyer is a long-time writer, editor and proofreader. She has been a contributor to the East-Oregonian Newspaper and See Jane Run magazine, and is author of a memoir, “The Tumbleweed Chronicles, a Sideways Look at Life." She holds an Master of Fine Arts from National University, San Diego.