Learn which plants thrive in your Hardiness Zone with our new interactive map!

How to Grow Lucky Bamboo Indoors

By Katie Leigh ; Updated September 21, 2017

Lucky bamboo (also known as Dracaena sanderiana) is a plant that is best suited to the indoors. This decorative houseplant, which is not actually a true bamboo, requires very little in terms of light and nutrients to grow. Lucky bamboo is most frequently grown in tall, thin vases that have small pebbles in their bases instead of soil. The bamboo does not need to take root in a traditional sense, which makes it an incredibly versatile plant.

Fill a tall, thin vase with a few inches of bottled or filtered water. Slide the lucky bamboo, root side down, into the vase and surround the bottom of the bamboo with a layer of pebbles that is several inches deep. The pebbles will hold the bamboo upright.

Replace the lucky bamboo plant's water about once a week. Make sure there is always at least some water in the vase. Tip the vase to pour out any standing water, then top it off with fresh bottled or filtered water. Never use plain tap water in a lucky bamboo plant's vase. Lucky bamboo is incredibly sensitive to both fluoride and chlorine, both of which are found in regular tap water.

Place the lucky bamboo plant in a warm, well-ventilated area. The plant should receive indirect sunlight, if possible, but can also do fine if it isn't positioned near a window. If the leaves begin to lighten in color or droop, you may want to move the plant closer to a more direct source of light.

Trim away the tips of the leaves if they begin to turn brown. Use a disinfected pair of sharp scissors to do this; to disinfect the scissors, soak a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and use it to clean the blades of the scissors.

Fertilize the plant with an extremely diluted liquid organic fertilizer if it turns yellow. Synthetic fertilizers often contain too much salt and phosphorus and can damage the plant further.


Things You Will Need

  • Tall, thin vase
  • Bottled or filtered water
  • Lucky bamboo plant
  • Pebbles
  • Sharp scissors
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton swab
  • Organic fertilizer