Bamboo Plant Care

Care of Lucky Bamboo Plant

Learn proper care of lucky bamboo plant here.

Recently, the nicknamed “lucky bamboo” has become a very popular houseplant worldwide.

With a growing interest among the general public in Eastern spirituality, lucky bamboo plants have found a welcome spot in many locations. 

The care of lucky bamboo plant is an essential topic for these new plant-owners. 

Lucky bamboo care is wanted to learn how to grow these interesting green, fortunate plants. 

Cutting lucky bamboo can create interesting sculptural and symbolic shapes.

Ironically, the plant which is commonly sold as lucky bamboo is in fact a member of the Dracaena family (Dracaena sanderiana)  These  plants which are well known for their durability under harsh indoor conditions. Because of its ease of care and its close resemblance to the true bamboos, this Dracaena is now widely grown as a bamboo plant. 

Growing lucky bamboo involves simple lucky bamboo care.  Lucky bamboo plant growing instructions are a basic mix of water, sunlight, and space.  Typically, they grow in a few inches of clear water.  Many times the plant is housed by small pebbles, stones, or marbles. 

It is important that the water is clean and fresh and not allowed to get stale. In areas where the water supply is heavily treated with chlorine or fluoride, the leaf tips or edges of the lucky bamboo may become yellow or brown. This can also be caused by too much salt in the water. It is best to used filtered or distilled water.

Light levels are an important factor in the care of lucky bamboo plant. The plants grow naturally under the shade of much taller trees in a rainforest-type environment.  So to keep growing lucky bamboo healthy, an indoor location with bright, indirect light is ideal.  They will also perform well under artificial lighting.

Too much direct sun can cause burning of the leaves. Too little light will lead to weak growth, and faded, poor coloration. Normal household temperatures are ideal as a part of lucky bamboo plant growing instructions.  No extreme light or temperature sources are needed.

One area of care of lucky bamboo plant is cutting.  Despite its intricate appearance, lucky bamboo is not shaped in the same way as bonsai, with plant wire and trimming. Rather, they are shaped by rotating the plant stalks in front of a light source.  This causes the plant to naturally grow toward the light. In China, the stalks are often grown on their sides to cause the distinctive spiral.

At home, this is a time-consuming process, but it can be accomplished by placing the plants under a three-sided box and paying close attention to its growth rate, rotating the plant slowly and regularly. Be patient, as it can take a while to get it right.

Although most lucky bamboo plants are grown in water, lucky bamboo can be potted up in soil. One final caution: lucky bamboo leaves are mildly toxic, so they should not be kept in a place where pets or children are likely to snack on them. 

If this occurs, be sure to seek medical attention as to avoid any discomfort for the person or animal.

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