Indoor Bamboo Plants
When one thinks of bamboo inside their home, they’re most likely thinking of the plant known as Lucky Bamboo dracaena. And actually, it’s not a member of the bamboo family. Lucky bamboo is native to Cameroon in West Africa and has become widely popular due to its ability to weave back and forth between the worlds of eastern philosophy and western new age culture, it’s also a very popular plant in feng shui.
Lucky bamboo comes in stalks, twisted or straight, usually around 6 to 12 inches high with around 6 inches of green leaves at the top. Requiring little maintenance, lucky bamboo is either grown in pebbles, soil, or just plain water.
Lucky Bamboo Care
Lucky bamboo is relatively easy to care for, and you’ll be happy with your decision to bring this plant into your home.
Lucky bamboo needs very little light and grows best in low and indirect light. However, don’t take this too far and grow it in a windowless bathroom, as it still needs some light to thrive.
Many people growing lucky bamboo will actually have them growing in water, in a decorative vase or jar. This makes it incredibly easy to care for, as the only thing you have to do is change out the water every two to four weeks. You can go on vacation, forget you own a plant, return from a vacation, and forget again that you have a plant, and your lucky bamboo will STILL THRIVE under those circumstances !
The lucky bamboo will need around 1-3 inches of water before it has grown its roots, and then once they’re grown, make sure the roots are covered by water. As the bamboo grows, make sure the increase the amount of water—the higher the stalk grows, the more water you’ll need to place in the container.
A note on water: Lucky bamboo is sensitive to the salts and chemicals in tap water if possible use rain water or distilled water for the best possible outcomes. If you have to use tap water, let it sit overnight in a container, as this will allow the chlorine to evaporate. There is no way to remove the fluoride from the water which can cause the leaf tips to turn brown.
Lucky Bamboo In Pebbles: Lucky bamboo is often grown in pebbles, for a unique and calming look. Place enough pebbles in the vase or pot to hold the stems upright, you can use any type of stone or pebble you want. You can even get them here
Fertilizer is generally a good idea, adding it to the water every time you change it out. You can get a general all purpose liquid fertilizer to do the trick. Just add a small drop and it will thrive.
If you over-fertilize, a good indication will be that the leaves will turn yellow. If this happens, change the water and don’t fertilize it again for a few months.
Growing In Soil:
It’s also an option to grow lucky bamboo in soil, just depends on your personal preference. If you do decide to grow in soil, make sure the container has good drainage, you don’t want a bamboo plant to become water logged inside the pot. The soil should be kept moderately moist, and a good way to determine how much water the plant will need is to stick your finger in the soil to gauge how dry or wet it is. In soil, lucky bamboo will need to be misted every couple of days.
The Lucky bamboo houseplant is a great choice for those entering the indoor gardening realm. You don’t need much to succeed with these plants, and they provide a unique and beautiful element to your home, not to mention their feng shui! Feel zen and in style with these wonderful plants, and don’t feel bad leaving them for weeks at a time—they are survivors!