26 Rising Ideas (2023 Information)

a small grey cat stands in front of a glass vase holding 3 stalks of lucky bamboo the text at the bottom reads joyusgarden.com

This an enchanting and weird houseplant that’s actually an attention-getter. Though it grows in soil, my expertise is with rising Fortunate Bamboo in water. I’ve gotten fairly a couple of questions and feedback about this plant. I wish to share with you what I’ve discovered about caring for and rising Fortunate Bamboo.

Botanic Identify: Dracaena sanderiana. Fortunate Bamboo isn’t a real bamboo. One other widespread title for it’s Ribbon Dracaena or Ribbon Plant.

Rising Fortunate Bamboo in Water

woman hand shown holding a vase with spiral Lucky bamboo stalks growing in decorative case with ribbons in water in a supermarket
This association was on the market at Lee Lee Worldwide Market right here in Tucson. You’ll usually discover them adorned like this round Chinese language New 12 months.


1) Fortunate Bamboo is usually billed as a low-light houseplant. I’ve had one of the best outcomes rising it in medium oblique gentle circumstances.

2) Low gentle doesn’t imply little gentle or no gentle. The decrease the sunshine circumstances you’ve this plant in, the much less rising it’ll do. Additionally, the expansion coming off of the stalks (additionally referred to as stems or canes) will develop into leggy and skinny stretching towards the closest gentle supply.

3) Though it does nicely in pure gentle, it’ll burn with an excessive amount of daylight. Preserve it out of the new, direct solar and away from scorching window glass.

I unintentionally left mine in an east-facing window one July for about an hour (I’m within the Arizona desert so the solar is robust and plentiful right here) and a bit of little bit of the foliage burned. You may see what sunburn seems to be like on this plant in direction of the tip of this submit.

Fortunate Bamboo stalks are additionally referred to as stems or canes.


4) In the event you’re noticing a slimy build-up in your Fortunate Bamboo’s water, it’s most certainly algae.

Algae wants the solar to develop and might construct up in glass vases and containers the place the sunshine will get by. Preserve it out of the solar, particularly when the temps are hotter. Be sure you change the water to contemporary water frequently and clear the vase to get any algae off the perimeters or backside.

intertwined canes of lucky bamboo grow in a low dish with large round pebbles
Fortunate Bamboo is grown in a shallow dish with easy pebbles. It’s good to wash the pebbles each now & then too.

5) Talking of adjusting the water, I do it each 2-3 months together with cleansing the vase. Micro organism can kind on the roots. Stagnant water can get “funky” particularly when heat. Fortunate Bamboo can be topic to fungus and mildew on the roots so altering the water and cleansing the vase as wanted will assist.

6) Fortunate Bamboo can be grown with pebbles or glass chips within the vase or dish. It’s generally bought in preparations this manner as a result of many individuals just like the look. You additionally must completely clear the pebbles or glass chips frequently (how usually is dependent upon the rising circumstances in your house) to forestall micro organism from build up on them too.

7) I preserve the water degree 1-2″ above the roots. The upper the water degree, the upper up the roots will kind and develop. The look of roots rising up and down the stalks is one I don’t like. I’d keep away from maintaining a taller vase filled with an excessive amount of water as a result of the stalks would possibly ultimately rot out.

Right here’s a submit filled with Fortunate Bamboo Care Ideas you’ll discover useful should you’ve by no means grown this plant earlier than.


8) Brown tips about the leaves with yellowing parts above are most certainly resulting from fluorides and salts in your faucet water. Fortunate Bamboos are very delicate to this and because of this, I switched to utilizing bottled water. It’s cheap (round $.99 for a gallon) and lasts me 6 months or so for each preparations.

As I’m updating this submit, I now have this tankless R/O system put in in my new residence. It has a re-mineralization cartridge that places the great minerals again in. Right here in Tucson, the water is difficult so that is what I take advantage of to water all of my indoor vegetation.

brown tips on a lucky bamboo due to water quality
That is an older leaf. You may see the brown tip with yellowing simply above.

9) Yellow leaves and leaf suggestions are normally resulting from age or salts within the water. Small brown suggestions are as a result of dry air in our houses. That is true of many houseplants.

10) The decrease leaves slowly die because the plant will get taller. It’s how dracaenas develop. Reduce or pull off any lifeless leaves, and your plant will look higher.

11) Fortunate Bamboo does nicely in vibrant gentle however will burn in extended daylight. The second to final photograph reveals you what it seems to be like – scorched and a bit bleached out.

Container Dimension

12) Simply because a Fortunate Bamboo is rising in water doesn’t imply it’s not topic to getting potbound.

I wanted to get a wider vase for my spiral association as a result of the roots are trying crowded. My smaller association with a number of stalks which I gave away was getting tight within the container additionally. It was in a really shallow dish and the water was evaporating out sooner than I needed it to.

Its new proprietor (my good friend!) has put it into a bigger dish and changed among the lifeless stalks (stems or canes) and it’s doing nice.

a small lucky bamboo growing in soil in clay pot
That is my new little Fortunate Bamboo rising in soil.

Rising Fortunate Bamboo In Water vs Soil

13) Though they’re mostly bought in water, Fortunate Bamboo grows in soil in its pure setting. It’s extra generally bought in choose nurseries, grocery shops, and Asian markets as stems and/or preparations in water than in soil.

14) As to transferring from water to soil or vice versa, I’ve no expertise doing with both one. I’ve by no means grown it in soil till now however have heard it’s good to not let the soil go dry.

There are various debates as as to whether Fortunate Bamboo grows higher in soil or water. I’ve heard success tales of transferring it from water to soil however none of transferring from soil to water. In the event you resolve to strive rising yours in soil, ensure the combination has good drainage.

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lucky bamboo stalks trained to grow in an intricate, crossing over, triangular shape
The grower was busy creating this intricate & detailed sample!  Fortunate Bamboo preparations are historically hooked up with shiny gold or crimson ties. They signify extra success.


15) In the event you lower a stalk down, the stalk itself received’t develop any taller than the chopping level. What grows and makes this plant develop taller is the brand new foliage progress that emerges from that stalk.

16) You may lower the canes right down to make them shorter. You may as well lower the stems with the foliage off to cut back the peak. Both means, new shoots will ultimately kind off the canes.

17) As a Fortunate Bamboo grows, it’ll lose decrease leaves. It’s the expansion behavior of all dracaenas. Reduce these lifeless leaves off; your plant will look higher.

My spiral Fortunate Bamboo was getting leggy a couple of years in the past so I pruned it down. You may see How I Trimmed It Right here.


18) There are particular Fortunate Bamboo fertilizers in the marketplace. Don’t use the fertilizer or meals you routinely use on your houseplants in soil.

I used to be gifted a couple of bottles of Tremendous Inexperienced and add a little bit of it to the water each time I modify it over.

19) In the event you use an excessive amount of fertilizer and/or do it too usually, the roots of your Fortunate Bamboo will ultimately burn and the stalks will flip yellow.

3 lucky bamboo stalks with orange roots in a glass vase
Right here’s how excessive I preserve the water degree in my Fortunate Bamboo vase. And sure, the roots are crimson/orange! Crimson roots imply you’ve a wholesome plant.

Pet Security

20) Relating to this plant being secure for pets, I’d say no. Fortunate Bamboo isn’t particularly listed on the ASPCA web site as being poisonous to pets, however dracaenas are. As a result of it’s a dracaena, take heed.


21) Spider mites are widespread pests that may infest Fortunate Bamboos. I’ve heard mealybugs might be a problem too.

My Fortunate Bamboo Received Spider Mites some time again. You may see what I did to do away with them, and the way I forestall one other infestation.

Yellowing Stalks

22) Fortunate Bamboo stalks that flip yellow don’t flip inexperienced once more. They’ll flip brown and ultimately die.

There are a couple of causes of yellowing stalks that I do know of. My small association in a shallow container dried out various instances. 5 – 6 of the stalks ended up yellowing and dying.

Different causes for yellowing stalks that I do know of are an accumulation of fluorides and salts within the water in addition to over-fertilizing.

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a lucky bamboo leaf with sun burn damage
Sunburn on a Fortunate Bamboo leaf. This plant doesn’t like direct solar, particularly within the hotter months.


23)  Fortunate Bamboo likes heat temperatures. Preserve it away from any chilly drafts. 


24)  As to longevity, I’m not 100% certain how lengthy a Fortunate Bamboo rising in water truly lasts. The longest I’ve had one for is eight years. There are some specimens on the Lee Lee Market right here in Tucson that have to be a minimum of 15 years outdated.

Find out how to Prepare

25)  This plant is offered in loopy kinds, preparations, and patterns. I didn’t prepare my Fortunate Bamboo stalks to develop in a spiral kind, the grower I purchased them from did the coaching. There are tutorials to point out you the way, however they’re additionally loads of growers who promote on-line that provide a spread so that you can select from.

3 stalks of rose or lotus bamboo in a green glass vase with blue handles
Only for enjoyable – that is my new Lotus Bamboo or Rose Bamboo (it’s one other dracaena) which I purchased some time in the past. It’s exhausting to search out however has the same look to Fortunate Bamboo.

26) Rising Fortunate Bamboo In Water Care Abstract

I discover Fortunate Bamboo to be simple to take care of and develop.

Right here’s a rundown of how I keep mine right here within the Arizona desert: It’s positioned in a spot with oblique daylight (reasonable gentle publicity) and will get no direct solar. I modify the water and wash out the glass vase each 2-3 months.

Filtered water is used within the vase as an alternative of faucet water. The foliage is sprayed (the undersides particularly) together with the stalks each 1-2 months. After we get the summer time monsoon rains, I put the association exterior a few instances. They love rainwater.

Right here’s a submit filled with Fortunate Bamboo Care Ideas you’ll discover useful should you’ve by no means grown this plant earlier than.

Be aware: This submit was printed on 10/17/2018. It was up to date on 3/03/2023 with extra info & some new photographs.

This doesn’t have something to do with correct care however it’s included as a result of this plant is thought for this one factor. Fortunate Bamboo is alleged to carry luck and good feng shui in accordance with Chinese language tradition. I preserve the spiral association within the visitor room.

The variety of stalks has completely different meanings and mine with three signifies happiness, good luck, and success. Whether or not it’s true, I’m undecided. I consider it as a result of I like this plant and who desires dangerous luck?!

A brand new Fortunate Bamboo plant is a enjoyable one so as to add to your assortment and doesn’t take up a lot room in any respect. Plus, no soil is required!

Pleased gardening,

Signed by Nell Foster

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