4.6 out of 5 (235 experiences)
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.
Also known as
Ribbon Dracaena, Chinese Water Bamboo and Ribbon Plant
How to care for Lucky Bamboo
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 Portland, Oregon.
Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
November 28th, 2022
Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Portland is currently very low 📉.
The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in det…
November 27th, 2022
Portland is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!
The amount of sunlight in Portland is expected to decrease by 38% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 5.6 megajoules of energy per m2 per …
November 28th, 2022
This month, Portland is getting an average of 9.1 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.
Hours of daylight will decrease by 14.8% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 8.6 total hours of day…
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 Portland, Oregon ⛅.
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.
November 25th, 2022
The growing potential in Portland 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 best to…
What other plant parents say
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
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.
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!