Growing Lucky Bamboo Cuttings


Lucky bamboo is a very easy plant to grow from cuttings. It is very low-maintenance and ideal for indoor areas where natural lighting may not be very good. Because it stays a bright and cheerful green all year long, it is very nice in dreary office cubicles as well. All it requires of you is very simple maintenance. It does not even require dirt, just some water now and again. Be sure to use the right kind of water, though, or your bamboo may end up dead: and significantly less lucky.

Step 1

Place lucky bamboo cuttings in water, like you would with cut flowers. Make sure the water you use is non-fluoridated because fluoride can cause tip burn. Tip burn is where the leaves of a plant turn brown and wilt.

Step 2

Arrange decorative stones around the base of the stalks to hold them upright in the vase. Alternately, if your vase is tall enough, the sides of it may be enough to hold the bamboo stalks upright.

Step 3

Put the vase in an area that gets filtered sunlight. A desk near a window with blinds or a slightly translucent curtain works well. Lucky bamboo needs some light, but it does not like direct sunlight.

Step 4

Watch your lucky bamboo as it grows. Change its water approximately once a week, and always use bottled water to avoid fluoride.

Step 5

Fertilize it when the plant starts to droop or turn yellow. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for proper fertilizer application, as instructions may vary.

Things You'll Need

  • Non-fluoridated water
  • Decorative vase
  • Decorative stones (optional)
  • Fertilizer


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Keywords: growing lucky bamboo, lucky bamboo cuttings, Dracaena sanderiana care

About this Author

Amrita Chuasiriporn is a professional cook, baker, and writer. In addition to cooking and baking for a living, Chuasiriporn has written for several online publications. These include Chef's Blade, CraftyCrafty, and others. Additionally, Chuasiriporn is a regular contributor to online automotive enthusiast publication Chuasiriporn holds an A.A.S. in culinary arts, as well as a B.A. in Spanish language and literature.