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How to Care For Lucky Bamboo

Last Updated on October 21, 2023 by Plant Mom Care

Lucky Bamboo originated from South Asia. It is also known as Dracaena. They believe that this plant is a symbol of fortune and prosperity for thousands of years in Asia. We can spot these plants in different offices, business desks and drawing rooms for decoration purposes.

They are originally native to Africa. The vast amount of are shipped in from Taiwan or China. The tough stalks of lucky bamboo can survive in a freshwater jar and also in soil. They stay very long, even in a water jar at home.

Lucky Bamboo in white pot house garden

Light Requirements

Prefers indirect or moderate sunshine. Keep away your plant from the front window, as the direct sunlight can burn its leaves. The scorched leaf edges turn brown, almost as if they’ve been scorched by fire. If the leaves of your bamboo seem to be burnt, you should immediately transfer them to a less-lit area.


Keep your soil slightly wet if you’re growing your plant in a pot. Allowing the ground to become too dry is harmful, and overwatering might cause root rot. Bamboo can be grown in water, even though it does not require much water to flourish.

Lucky Bamboo Watering

The roots of your bamboo must be adequately immersed in water if you are growing it in water. To keep your bamboo happy and healthy, give it a drink of fresh water every seven to ten days regularly.


High humidity above 50% is ideal for the Lucky Bamboo Plant. It loves temperatures between 65 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Your Lucky Bamboo might poison your pets.


A temperature range of 65 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit is suitable for the growth, making it an ideal office or house plant. If you keep this plant near windows during the winter months, it can be damaged by the cold airflow.


Thrives in well-drained, nutrient-rich potting soil. It’s essential to keep the soil wet but not soaked. It can also flourish when kept in stones or a vase filled with water as long as there is adequate standing water available.

Lucky Bamboo Soil

We can also use a small amount of aquarium water for the better growth of our plants. 


How do you tell anyone when it’s time to repot your bamboo? When the roots in the container get too tight, it’s time to repot the plant. Shift the bamboo to a bigger pot once the seeds begin to crowd.

Lucky Bamboo Repotting

Transfer your plant to a different vase if it is only growing in water. Remove the pebbles, cut the roots and place them. For a soil-planted plant, wet it first and then turn the plant over by holding the stalks and earth to remove it and set it in a larger pot.


Choose a healthy parent stem with an offshoot to grow a lucky bamboo plant, and the branch must contain at least two segments.

For creating a fresh stalk, remove any leaves from the bottom layers and cut off any connecting shoots from the parent plant to make it independent. Shift this young stem into a new container filled with water, and care for it to grow into a healthy, more giant plant

Additional Care

Most arrangements only require a single drop of liquid fertilizer once a month. Plants grown in water only need feeding every other month or so with a very weak liquid fertilizer.

Common Problems 

Has a characteristic green color. If its leaves or stem is turning yellow, it can indicate a disease. To prevent the yellowing of the branch or leaves from spreading to the remainder of the plant, remove them altogether for better growth.

Takes less attention than other houseplants and thrives in less-than-ideal growth circumstances.

However, because it is a living being, it is not without flaws. In reality, several persistent issues arise as a result of basic care errors. These issues may be avoided or remedied with a few pointers before the plant becomes very ill.

Common Pests

Mealybugs, mites, and fungal diseases are just a few of the pests that wreak havoc on it. If your plant has grey fuzz, remove any unhealthy growth, avoid too much moisture on stem and leaves and ensure proper air circulation.

Mealybugs are tiny insects that attack the plant, and we must wipe them away with rubbing alcohol. Other home plants can catch them, while is immune to mites (which appear as white webbing or fuzz). Water and dish detergent are needed to get rid of them.

Life of a Lucky Bamboo

Can live for one to two years when planted in water, but it may live longer if you transplant your bamboo plant into the soil. It will drop leaves, but it will continue to replenish and grow new leaves if you care for it properly.

The symbolism of Lucky Bamboo Plant 

Is said to be connected with five elements: earth (pebbles in the container), wood (the plant itself), water (the water in the container), fire (the red ribbon typically tied around the plant), and metal (the metal in the container) according to Chinese mythology (the metal coin attached to the ribbon).

Because bamboo is hollow, it is said to be a strong conductor of Chi energy. It enables the flow of wisdom and riches. The number of stalks on a fortunate bamboo plant has a significant impact on its significance.

Right Place to Keep the Lucky Bamboo

Is often utilized as a houseplant to bring good fortune and riches to the home. A bamboo plant should be kept in the east corner of the house. We should not place an interior plant in direct sunlight because it can kill the plant in no time.

Why do Lucky Bamboo Leaves Turn Yellow?

For various reasons, lucky bamboo turns yellow because of the usage of too much fertilizer. Excess use of chlorine and fluoride use in water or too much sunlight are examples of the leaves yellowing.

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