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How to Start a Bamboo Plant

By Lillian Downey ; Updated September 21, 2017

Lucky bamboo is actually a type of lily that flowers in the right conditions. These plants are used to attract good energy, health and prosperity to your living or working space. One of the advantages of these bamboo plants is that they grow quickly and it's easy to start new plants from simple stem clippings. Not only will it yield you a new plant without additional costs, but according to bamboo expert Stephanie Roberts, it's good luck to give a friend a start from your own plant.

Start with a healthy, strong bamboo plant with a well-established root system and no soft or yellowing stalk segments.

Use sharp, clean scissors or pruning shears to cut off a piece to use to start your new plant. Locate one of the raised vertical rings on your plant's stalk. Clip off the top of your plant just above this ring.

Pour rooting hormone in a disposable cup. If using liquid rooting hormone, pour about a quarter of an inch into the bottom. If using powdered rooting hormone, just sprinkle enough hormone to dust the bottom of the cup.

Pour about two inches of purified or distilled water into a small, glass container. Avoid using tap water because the water treatment and processing chemicals, such as chlorine and salts, can damage the delicate and newly forming roots.

Place your clipping into the water and set the container in a place where it will receive only filtered sunlight. Change the water once every two weeks to prevent bacteria, algae and fungal growth. Keep in this container for a few weeks, or until you see significant root growth, then transfer to its permanent container.


Things You Will Need

  • Pruning shears or sharp scissors
  • Rooting hormone
  • Disposable cup
  • Glass container
  • Purified water


  • It's best to take clippings and start new plants in the spring when plants are more actively growing.
  • If your clipping had leaves, they may turn yellow and fall off as you're trying to establish new roots. This is normal and doesn't necessarily mean your plant isn't healthy.

About the Author


A Jill-of-all-trades, Lillian Downey is a certified Responsible Sexuality Educator, certified clinical phlebotomist and a certified non-profit administrator. She's also written extensively on gardening and cooking. She also authors blogs on nail art blog and women's self esteem.