Plant Care Lucky Bamboo

Lucky Bamboo

4.6 out of 5 (202 experiences)

Lucky Bamboo has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Lucky Bamboo has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

About Lucky Bamboo

Did you know the genus name Dracaena comes from the Greek for ‘female dragon’? Some plants in this genus have thick, red resin which was reminiscent of dragon blood! 🐲 Dracaenas are native to Africa, Asia, and northern Australia, and are known for being super easy to care for. Some species can go months without water, and many can grow well in low sunlight.

Taxonomy

Dracaena braunii
Dracaena
Asparagaceae
Asparagales

How to care for Lucky Bamboo

Water

How often to water your Lucky Bamboo

Water needs for Lucky Bamboo
0.5 cups
every 12

Lucky Bamboo needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Lucky Bamboo

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Lucky Bamboo in Indianapolis, Indiana

Indianapolis, Indiana

47% Low

Growing Lucky Bamboo in Indianapolis right now

Light needs for plant Lucky Bamboo in Indianapolis, Indiana

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

November 30th, 2022

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Indianapolis is currently very low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in…

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Light needs for plant Lucky Bamboo in Indianapolis, Indiana

Daylight will decrease by 1.1 hours 📉

November 30th, 2022

This month, Indianapolis is getting an average of 9.3 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 11% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.2 total hours of d…

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Finding light for Lucky Bamboo in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Lucky Bamboo: 6ft from a window
6ft or less from
a window

Lucky Bamboo can tolerate being far from a window and light source.

Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪.

We wouldn’t recommend testing its limits during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Indianapolis, Indiana ⛅.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Lucky Bamboo

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Lucky Bamboo: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Lucky Bamboo after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

When to repot Lucky Bamboo

Nutrient needs for plant Lucky Bamboo in Indianapolis, Indiana

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

November 30th, 2022

The growing potential in Indianapolis is very low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's bes…

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FAQs
Difficulty Level

Lucky Bamboo is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!


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Propagation
Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Lucky Bamboo

Lucky Bamboo

Lucky Bamboo


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 6ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Indianapolis, Indiana, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Lucky Bamboo has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 126
Lucky Bamboo has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 75
Lucky Bamboo has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 48
Lucky Bamboo has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 35
Lucky Bamboo has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 21
Lucky Bamboo has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 14
Wbrousseau avatar
@Wbrousseau
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 206 XP
globe Hadley, MA
03/02/2022

This plant is over 15 years old. I’ve raised it wrong but it dosnt care, and survives almost everything

Survivor Survivor
Lisainsc1961 avatar
@Lisainsc1961
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 450 XP
globe York, SC
02/01/2022

Seems to like pebbles rather than a lot of dirt. Can train it to grow in a variety of ways…twisted around branches, crooked branches, etc

Survivor Survivor
Tameika avatar
@Tameika
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 130 XP
01/22/2022

Is in a pot with no drainage and a leaf is turning yellow. About to re-pot.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Luckybroom avatar
@Luckybroom
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 74 XP
globe Los Angeles, CA
01/21/2022

Eh still learning about this one but she’s been thriving for over a year now , does brown if not watered or too much sun

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Boozybillsbabe avatar
@Boozybillsbabe
leaf-1 52 Plants
xp 8,863 XP
globe Baltimore, MD
01/17/2022

Easy to propagate and beautiful

Boozybillsbabe avatar
@Boozybillsbabe
leaf-1 52 Plants
xp 8,863 XP
globe Baltimore, MD
01/14/2022

Such an easy plant to propagate.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Haidyn1230 avatar
@Haidyn1230
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 384 XP
globe Elgin, OK
12/31/2021

It’s super easy to propagate😁🎍

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Livcat avatar
@Livcat
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 42 XP
12/23/2021

this plant is the cutest to have near you when you have bad vibes

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Latermoz avatar
@Latermoz
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 124 XP
12/04/2021

i’ve had Charlie for over a year and I’ll admit I can’t keep a schedule so most of my plants die but Charlie has stayed happy n healthy this entire time so like go off king

Survivor Survivor
Chloe1810 avatar
@Chloe1810
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 180 XP
globe Crofton, MD
11/10/2021

Definitely makes the room look and feel like a jungle. All though the leaves aren’t super big, they are big enough

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Kristtinnnnn avatar
@Kristtinnnnn
leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 526 XP
globe Denver, CO
11/04/2021

Keep the water fresh and clean and full and you’ll have a happy plant!

Survivor Survivor
Yesshewentthere avatar
@Yesshewentthere
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 317 XP
10/31/2021

Super easy! Makes you feel like your effort is recognized & raising care of plants that have taken care of us is awesowe!

Elaine avatar
@Elaine
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 156 XP
globe Arlington, MA
10/10/2021

Lucky bamboo that I planted in soil.

Thiago avatar
@Thiago
leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 1,147 XP
10/04/2021

Low maintenance. Just keeping the water in the right level and it will thrive for years.

Emily avatar
@Emily
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 261 XP
globe Indian Harbour Beach, FL
10/02/2021

Great! One of the stalks died but the other two are still going for about a year now!

Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Paylor_planter avatar
@Paylor_planter
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 239 XP
09/27/2021

Low maintenance plant and brings a unique look to any place :)

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Fast grower Fast grower
Geemunei avatar
@Geemunei
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 479 XP
globe Houston, TX
09/25/2021

I actually grow this plant in water like flowers

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Sheloves avatar
@Sheloves
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 85 XP
globe Midlothian, TX
09/23/2021

bamboo is my first plant, currently struggling because he was in a container only filled with rocks but I’ve moved him to a much bigger and more suitable vase and I hope to see him thrive!

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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@Liiiyahtexaco
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 78 XP
globe Salisbury, NC
09/17/2021

It brings luck a peace and it’s beautiful I recommend!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Thu avatar
@Thu
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 184 XP
globe Los Angeles, CA
09/05/2021

i accidentally planted them in succulent soil and they wilted so bad

Browns easily Browns easily
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate

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