Plant Care Lucky Bamboo

Lucky Bamboo

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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 sanderiana
Dracaena
Asparagaceae
Asparagales

Also known as

Ribbon Dracaena, Chinese Water Bamboo and Ribbon Plant

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

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 💪.

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.

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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!

Benefits of Growing Lucky Bamboo →

Common Lucky Bamboo Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Lucky Bamboo thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Lucky Bamboo Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

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

Lucky Bamboo Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Lucky Bamboo is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.

Lucky Bamboo Toxicity to Cats →

Lucky Bamboo Toxicity to Dogs →

Lucky Bamboo Toxicity to Humans →


💨 Humidity

Lucky Bamboo enjoys lots of humidity. Provide humidity for your plant by watering regularly and thoroughly, since plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves. They may also benefit from being placed next to a humidifier.

Lucky Bamboo Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Lucky Bamboo is very sensitive to wet soil, so choose a potting soil that drains very well and doesn’t retain too much moisture. A good soil will have lots of perlite or vermiculite for drainage and some organic matter for nutrition. A few handfuls of perlite added to regular store-bought cactus soil will do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Lucky Bamboo →

When and How to Successfully Repot Lucky Bamboo →


💩 Fertilizer

Lucky Bamboo grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Lucky Bamboo to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.


🌎 Native Region

Lucky Bamboo is native to Africa to Southern Asia and Australia.


🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Lucky Bamboo bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.

Lucky Bamboo Flowers →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Lucky Bamboo is a clumping plant, meaning new growth will emerge from the soil around the parent plant.


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Lucky Bamboo can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 9a-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Lucky Bamboo Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Lucky Bamboo can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:

  • Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
  • To get the cutting to root, you can either:
    • Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.

How to Propagate Lucky Bamboo →


🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Lucky Bamboo, since they are very sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


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.

What other plant parents say

Lucky Bamboo has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 140
Lucky Bamboo has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 106
Lucky Bamboo has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 62
Lucky Bamboo has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 34
Lucky Bamboo has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 26
Lucky Bamboo has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 10
Lucky Bamboo has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 4
@TaylorMdeBloomz avatar
@@TaylorMdeBloomz
leaf-1 42 Plants
xp 4,202 XP
03/24/2022

I have had this plant for a few months now and have not noticed any growth but also no decline. So I am happy with that.

Survivor Survivor
@PeacefulPlants avatar
@@PeacefulPlants
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 282 XP
01/29/2022

I like the aesthetic of the bamboo but it is a bit difficult to take care of.

Browns easily Browns easily
Pest magnet Pest magnet
@SirGuayule avatar
@@SirGuayule
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 56 XP
01/17/2022

Low maintenance plant, that survives and grows just fine in distilled water

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Claire avatar
@Claire
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 95 XP
globe West Dundee, IL
11/28/2021

I love my bamboo but the leaf tips brown very easily if it doesn’t have enough water, or the water has fluoride.

Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
@voidbugz avatar
@@voidbugz
leaf-1 58 Plants
xp 6,776 XP
globe Minneapolis, MN
11/20/2021

Unkillable! Be careful because it’s not pet friendly

Survivor Survivor
@rhe.phillips01 avatar
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leaf-1 49 Plants
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globe Oromocto, New Brunswick
10/18/2021

I love my lucky bamboo plant, I chose to grow mine in water and every now and then just need to add nutrients or plant food and it just keeps growing. Very easy to take care of and does not need a lot of light. Water should be changed weekly or before you add another dose of food

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Alyssa avatar
@Alyssa
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 199 XP
10/13/2021

Can be planted in rocks or just water, keep the roots in water and make sure it’s not bound with string or styrofoam

Fast grower Fast grower
Browns easily Browns easily
@Ratshell avatar
@@Ratshell
leaf-1 56 Plants
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globe Meridianville, AL
10/08/2021

Great plant for bathrooms just don’t let soil dry out or it’ll die faster than you can blink

Fast grower Fast grower
@Axypiku avatar
@@Axypiku
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 307 XP
09/21/2021

Love it

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
@icantwink avatar
@@icantwink
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 960 XP
globe Hoppers Crossing, Victoria
09/16/2021

It attracts all the little bugs and is extremely tempromental. It didn’t like (Australian Summer near the Window at all) but doesn’t like not enough Sun in our winters.

Browns easily Browns easily
Pest magnet Pest magnet
@Nubiangoddess avatar
@@Nubiangoddess
leaf-1 64 Plants
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globe Los Angeles, CA
09/07/2021

I mean it’s alive that’s as much as I can say for it right now I’m propagating it at the moment we shall see

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Anita avatar
@Anita
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 65 XP
globe Ottawa, Ontario
09/04/2021

It’s so easy to take care of. Just make sure there’s always water in the pot and your bamboo won’t die.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Isabel avatar
@Isabel
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 67 XP
globe Ringwood, Victoria
08/30/2021

it’s crap

Browns easily Browns easily
Greyson avatar
@Greyson
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 71 XP
08/28/2021

Lucky Bamboo is my favorite plant.

@Bnelson238 avatar
@@Bnelson238
leaf-1 3 Plants
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globe Lanham, MD
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 head. I change the water every two weeks, and I keep it behind my Monitor just so it can have some shade, but every once in a while I put it back by my window and let it have some sun like for some hours.

Fast grower Fast grower
Browns easily Browns easily
Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Nicole avatar
@Nicole
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 171 XP
08/20/2021

It’s very easy to keep alive! You can forget about it for a few weeks and it will still be thriving. When you notice the water in the pot is down you just refill it! It’s a super easy beginner plant!!

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@Caro.coleman avatar
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leaf-1 20 Plants
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globe Atlanta, GA
08/15/2021

It was my first plant &&& he’s the reason I’m in love w plants!!!! 100000/10 recommend, he’s super durable too :)

@chameleons17 avatar
@@chameleons17
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 82 XP
globe Salt Lake City, UT
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. However, if you don’t give them enough they will brown pretty easily. They also don’t need a special kind of soil. Mine are planted in some garden rocks, or they can just be in a vase of water. Overall these plants are great!

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Browns easily Browns easily
@Cjbrin1691 avatar
@@Cjbrin1691
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 350 XP
08/13/2021

I love it

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Fast grower Fast grower
@HazyPortarica avatar
@@HazyPortarica
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 752 XP
08/10/2021

Love it

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor

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