Plant Care Lucky Bamboo
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Lucky Bamboo

4.7 out of 5 (209 experiences)

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

Also known as

Ribbon Dracaena, Chinese Water Bamboo, Sanderiana and ribbon plant

Taxonomy

Dracaena sanderiana
Dracaena
Asparagaceae
Asparagales

What other plant parents say

Lucky Bamboo has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 125
Lucky Bamboo has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 95
Lucky Bamboo has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 56
Lucky Bamboo has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 40
Lucky Bamboo has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 31
Lucky Bamboo has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 21
Lucky Bamboo has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 10
Lucky Bamboo has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 2
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@Chameleons17
Salt Lake City, Utah
Rating of the plant Lucky Bamboo named Max by Chameleons17 on Greg, the plant care app
08/15/2021

Lucky bamboo is a great plant. They’re super cool and can get pretty big. My favorite thing about them is you can’t over water them. In fact, my lucky bamboo plants just sit in a pot of water. Howeve…

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@Bnelson238
Lanham, Maryland
Rating of the plant Lucky Bamboo named Elle by Bnelson238 on Greg, the plant care app
08/24/2021

I have had my fair share of plants and this one is the easiest. I keep my bamboo in water because it’s easier than keeping than keeping the soil wet but if you like soil and that is easier than go he…

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Egg avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Lucky Bamboo named lucky by Egg on Greg, the plant care app
05/07/2021

I love my lucky bamboo. I have her sitting in a jar of orbeez and she seems to really enjoy it. I got her a few months ago in the fall and she’s already grown a few offspring and I’ll be able to prop…

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@Alexandraal…
North Jakarta, Jakarta
Rating of the plant Lucky Bamboo named Dionysus by Alexandraalisa2 on Greg, the plant care app
07/16/2021

I got him from a friend at Lunar new year, and he was a wee little thing back then. He’s a really fast grower though, and at one point he got infested with so many ants I had to cut off his leaves an…

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@Sarah
Montreal, Quebec
Rating of the plant Lucky Bamboo named Norwal by Sarah on Greg, the plant care app
05/21/2021

I left it 3 weeks without watering it and it was dying but luckily I was able to save it simply by watering it and it was fine within a week. Don’t let your pets near this though, I’ve read it’s not …

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Fallon, Nevada
Rating of the plant Lucky Bamboo named Pura by Dahlilatheplantlover on Greg, the plant care app
05/19/2021

It does brown a little bit but other then that this plant is great! Lucky bamboo grows incredibly fast and is always have new little babies. This plant also takes very little plant experience. Just w…

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Charza avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Lucky Bamboo named lucky by Charza on Greg, the plant care app
06/27/2021

these are so rewarding!! i don’t really know why i added mine onto this app as its constantly in a tube of water so i don’t need water reminders but this is one of my favourite plants!! it’s so cute …

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@Cmmnsnse
Pinellas Park, Florida
Rating of the plant Lucky Bamboo named 22Gz by Cmmnsnse on Greg, the plant care app
04/13/2021

22Gz is confident in his delivery and inspires a sense of creativity that is singularly focused. Don’t be deceived by his aesthetic beauty, because underneath is an extremely tough and powerful vibe …

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Happy_potato avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Lucky Bamboo named Tagomi by Happy_potato on Greg, the plant care app
04/06/2021

This is a very easy to maintain plant, perfect for pots with no drainage. Be sure you give it filtered water and nothing chemically for best results! Can brown easy if not taken care of or if leaves …

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Lurkinglegend avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Lucky Bamboo named Alolan Exeggutor by Lurkinglegend on Greg, the plant care app
02/13/2021

This little guy doubled in size with weekly or biweekly watering. I had trouble with it my first few months because I forgot to water it but it’s a survivor plant. I recommend to any first time plant…

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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.

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.

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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 đź’Ş.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Lucky Bamboo in your home 🏡.

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.

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 the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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