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Best Lucky Bamboo Growing Tips

Updated on January 13, 2015

How To Grow A Lucky Bamboo

Lucky Bamboo has become very popular in homes throughout the world. It is said that growing one brings prosperity to the home. It can also be called Ribbon Dracaena, Ribbon Plant, Belgian Evergreen, Chinese Water Bamboo, Friendship Bamboo, Water Bamboo. Most people grow it for it's shape and color. Generally, it is grown in water, but in fact, you can grow it in soil. It is considered mildly toxic, so you will want to keep it away from young children and pets.

Filtered indirect light will help your lucky bamboo to grow and look it's best. Always avoid direct sunlight.

You will want to keep your plant at about 65 degrees. It really does not like extreme cold or heat

Lucky Bamboo makes an excellent housewarming gift or a hostess gift !

Meaning Of The Number Of Stalks In Lucky Bamboo - Chinese Benefits Of Lucky Bamboo

According to ancient Chinese thought the number of stalks of your lucky bamboo will affect you in different ways. When I learned this, I actually went around my house and started checking stalks. Many cultures feel that plants bring certain blessings into our lives, and the lucky bamboo is no exception.

  • Three Stalks bring happiness, longevity and prosperity
  • Five Stalks represent the 5 different parts of life from which wealth spurs from.
  • Six Stalks sounds like "Luck" in Chinese, bringing prosperity and favorable conditions.
  • Seven Stalks bring good health.
  • Eight Stalks in the Chinese spoken language sounds like "Fah" which means to grow, thrive.
  • Ten Stalks show a complete and perfect life
  • Twenty One Stalks offer very powerful all purpose blessing.

Watering Your Lucky Bamboo

Your plant is very senbsative to the chemicals in most homes. Tap water-especially floride and chlorine can cause harm to these plants. if you are using tap water, it is best to let it sit out in an open container for 24 hours before using. That allows the chemicals to evaporate. Use a simple vase conatiner with only about 1 " of water (you can use distilled water if you prefer ) Line the bottom of your container with pebbles to support the plant. The water in the container for your lucky bamboo should be changed weekly. It's a good idea to rinse the pot, plant and pebbles in "safe" water that has been either standing or is distilled every time that you change the water.

•If you are growing it in standing water, it is best to keep the water level one inch above the top of the supporting pebbles.

Trimming Lucky Bamboo

Always use trimmers that have been sterilized to trim your lucky bamboo. If you are trimming, cut off stems to within an inch of the mainstem. Roots should be reddish in color. Trim away any roots that are black and or mushy. It is important to use a sharp trimmer to trim any leaves or stalks of your plants

Pots For Your Lucky Bamboo

Chose pots according to the size of your plant. Remember that your plant only requires an inch of water, but you will also need pebbles to support the stalks. So allow room in your pot for that support.

Doing Cuttings

Cuttings can be made from the mother plant. You need at least one leaf joint It can be rooted in rooting hormones or in water.

Rooting in water is easiest. Keep the water cleab\n. Once you see reddish roots, yoou can place it in water with pebbles

Diagnosing Problems With Your Lucky Bamboo

This plant has few problems but it's easy to diagnose issues with your plant.

Nice red roots are a sign that your Lucky Bamboo is healthy and thriving

  • Yellow leaves are usually a sign that your plant is getting too much sunlight
  • Mushy black roots usually mean that your water needs to be more filtered or changed more often

We's love to hear about your lucky bamboo. Have you grown it ? What are your special tips? Just let us know that you stopped by. We always love to hear from our readers

Propagating Your Lucky Bamboo

Begin by finding a node – the raised rings that grow around the stalk – make a cut about an inch above the node. You will now have a top and a bottom. Leave the bottom in the original container. The bottom will have no leaves and after a few days will need to be lightly misted every few days to encourage new growth. The tops will have all of the leaves. Take the top and dip the cut end in rooting hormone. Let it dry overnight before placing the top in the original container or a new container.

Do You Grow Lucky Bamboo? - We'd Love to Hear About It !

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      Linda F Correa 3 years ago from Spring Hill Florida

      Going to give that thought a try to see if it works

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      Roger 3 years ago

      You should try an exnerimept of two bamboo plants, one with coffee and one without. After all, caffeine is produced by the coffee plant. The caffeine is produced as a type of natural pesticide. My suspicion is that it will grow at the same speed or maybe the coffee will break down and acidify the soil, making the plant unhealthy.Supposedly bamboo is the fastest-growing plant. I'm sure you can get some Miracle-Grow and it might make things better.