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How to Prune Lucky Bamboo Plants

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Lucky bamboo plants are great plant for anyone. These plants couldn’t be any easier to grow. Lucky bamboo requires only a somewhat spacious growing dish and purified water to thrive and become a mature, beautiful plant. Adding an Asian sense of style to any décor, these plants can be bought at many garden specialty store or nurseries. The key to keeping these plants healthy and looking their best is pruning. With the right materials pruning can be quick, easy and effective.

Wash the pruning shears blades in rubbing alcohol to keep from infecting the lucky bamboo plant with any fungus or disease that may have been on the last plant you pruned with the same pruning shears.

  • Lucky bamboo plants are great plant for anyone.
  • Wash the pruning shears blades in rubbing alcohol to keep from infecting the lucky bamboo plant with any fungus or disease that may have been on the last plant you pruned with the same pruning shears.

Trim the light green foliage back 1 to 3 inches, depending upon the size of the shoots. Use sharp pruning shears to make each cut. Make your cuts straight across. New growth will spout around the cut.

Dab some melted paraffin wax onto the area that was pruned to help seal off the shoot from disease and help keep in water. Use a craft stick to apply the wax easily.

Remove the lucky bamboo plant from its planting dish and trim away any roots that cause the plant to be crowded once inserted into the dish. Replace the old water with fresh purified water.

  • Trim the light green foliage back 1 to 3 inches, depending upon the size of the shoots.
  • Use sharp pruning shears to make each cut.

Care For Lucky Bamboo Plants

Lucky Bamboo plants are thought to bring luck and good fortune in Chinese culture and play an important role in Feng Shui. Even though the plant resembles actual bamboo, it is a member of the Dracaena species. Small plants are more likely to be in good health than larger ones. The container must have drainage holes in the bottom so that the water is not trapped in the soil, which causes root rot. Grow the Lucky Bamboo in water, if you prefer. Place pebbles in the bottom of the container to stabilize the plant. Fill the vase with water to a point just above the rocks. Give the plant filtered light, but no direct sun. The plant grows well in artificial lighting. Apply a weak, water-soluble fertilizer once a month, if you want to use it at all.

  • Lucky Bamboo plants are thought to bring luck and good fortune in Chinese culture and play an important role in Feng Shui.
  • The container must have drainage holes in the bottom so that the water is not trapped in the soil, which causes root rot.
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