By Tamara Horne
Lucky Bamboo Care Guide
How Often to Water Lucky Bamboo in Soil
How to Take Care of a Bamboo Plant in Water
If your bamboo plant is growing in water, keep the roots always covered with water. Dump the water and refill it with fresh water every two weeks. Use distilled water or rainwater, to prevent the fluoride in tap water from turning the leaf tips brown.
Sunlight eventually causes algae to grow in water. It’s a natural occurrence and a sign the water is due to be changed. Replace the water, plus scrub and rinse any rocks submerged in the water. To prevent the water from turning green, move the plant to a less sunny spot.
How to Take Care of a Bamboo Plant in Rocks
Some lucky bamboo plants have rocks on top of their soil. These glued rocks hold the plant in place during shipping. It does create some problems when it comes to judging the water needs of the plant. When lucky bamboo is grown in soil, we recommend removing the rocks. This allows the moisture in the soil surface to be tested for watering.
To remove the rocks, soak them in water and carefully pry them apart. Now that you can touch the soil, test the soil with your fingertip and water whenever the top inch is dry. Fluoride in tap water can make the leaf tips turn brown. To prevent this, water your lucky bamboo with distilled water or rainwater instead. If you prefer to leave the glued rocks intact, research tips for caring for plants with pebble mulch.
Lucky Bamboo Fertilizer
Does Lucky Bamboo Need Sunlight
Ongoing Lucky Bamboo Plant Care
Help for an Unhealthy Lucky Bamboo
Lucky Bamboo Leaves Turning Yellow
Lucky Bamboo Stem Turning Yellow
Lucky Bamboo Stem Turning Brown
When a lucky bamboo’s stem turns brown, it’s a sign of the roots rotting from over-fertilization or over-watering in plants potted in soil. It’s a drastic situation and the plant may not be savable, but it doesn’t hurt to try. Cut off the unhealthy, brown stem and attempt to start new roots by setting the remaining healthy stem in water.
Propagating and Dividing Lucky Bamboo Plants
If the plant is getting too tall, cut an offshoot from the main stem one inch above the node (the rings along the stem). Set the newly cut stalk in two inches of water and wait for the roots to grow. In a few weeks, the new plant is ready to continue growing in water alone or potted in soil.
Multiple stalks can be split into more than one pot if desired.
How & When to Repot Lucky Bamboo
- When bamboo stems or roots are restricted by the current container, then you should transfer your plant to a larger pot.
- If your lucky bamboo plant is growing in just water, simply move it to a new container with fresh water.
- If your lucky bamboo plant is growing in rocks, remove the rocks and scrub them to clean, place your plant in the new container (or trim back the roots to use the same container) and replace the rocks.
- If you are growing lucky bamboo in soil, dampen the soil and remove the plant from the pot. Repot with rich, well-draining soil that holds the right amount of moisture and nutrients without remaining soggy or wet.