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How to Take Care of a Chinese Bamboo Plant

By Kelly Shetsky ; Updated September 21, 2017
Chinese bamboo
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Chinese bamboo are considered lucky plants that bring good fortune. Once seen primarily in China, they are now common in much of the United States. They are often used in feng shui (the art of placement) because they symbolize water and wood elements. Bamboo is grown in tray-like containers filled with water and gravel, instead of soil. Though they are low-maintenance, Chinese bamboo plants still require some attention to enhance their growth.

Water with filtered or purified water if your tap water contains fluoride or chlorine. The chemicals will have adverse effects on the plant.

Pour the water over the gravel in the bamboo container. Make sure there is water on all the rocks, so that it cleans out any mold or algae. Dump the water from the tray once a week and add fresh water.

Fertilize Chinese bamboo annually in the summer. Apply 1 or 2 drops of aquarium plant food to the water at the base of the plant. Adding more than this will hurt the plant.

Keep the plant in indirect sunlight. Inside a room is a good place because it receives filtered light. Direct sun can burn the bamboo.

Keep the temperature indoors between 50 and 90 degrees F. Humidity or cooler temperatures can kill the plant.

Prune the Chinese bamboo if it grows too long. Snip off the very top. You can place this segment in gravel and water to establish a new plant.


Things You Will Need

  • Water
  • Aquarium plant food
  • Pruning shears


  • Move the plant farther out of the sunlight if you notice the leaves turning yellow or wilting. This indicates the bamboo is getting too much sun.

About the Author


Based in New York State, Kelly Shetsky started writing in 1999. She is a broadcast journalist-turned Director of Marketing and Public Relations and has experience researching, writing, producing and reporting. She writes for several websites, specializing in gardening, medical, health and fitness, entertainment and travel. Shetsky has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Marist College.