Lucky bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana) is a popular
houseplant because of its ease of care, interesting form and it is
believed to bring good fortune, especially if given as a gift. I cannot
vouch for the more mystical qualities, but I do know that it is a very
low maintenance plant.
Lucky bamboo is not a bamboo, but a dracaena native to the tropical
rainforests of Southeast Asia and Africa. If you have ever grown any of
this plants cousins then you know that dracaenas are practically
I think what stumps most people about lucky bamboo is that it is often
presented growing in water; no soil. These plants will continue to
thrive in just water if you follow a few simple tips.
Water Change the water once a week. The water level should be just
high enough to cover the roots. Lucky bamboo is sensitive to chlorine
and fluoride in tap water so use filtered water, spring water or rain
water. You can use tap water if you allow it to sit, uncovered, for 24
hours to disperse the chemicals.
Light Place your lucky bamboo in a location where it will receive
bright, but indirect light. If the room has no natural light, move the
plant into indirect light every few weeks and leave it there for four to
five days. You can then move it back to its original location.
Temperature Room temperature between 65 to 70 degrees F is best.
Fertilizer Lucky bamboo does not need fertilizer on a regular basis.
However, if it begins to look weak you can feed it with an organic
liquid fertilizer diluted to 1/10 strength.
Yellowing Leaves One common problem with lucky bamboo is that the
leaves sometimes turn yellow. This can be caused by lack of light,
chemicals in the water or too much fertilizer. Change out the water to
remedy the later two problems.
Pets Lucky bamboo is not so lucky for curious pets. It is poisonous