Plant Care Lucky Bamboo

Lucky Bamboo

4.6 out of 5 (235 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 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 located in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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 Raleigh, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

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Growing Lucky Bamboo in Raleigh right now

Light needs for plant Lucky Bamboo in Raleigh, North Carolina

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

December 4th, 2022

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

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

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Light needs for plant Lucky Bamboo in Raleigh, North Carolina

Sunlight will decrease by 23.2% ☀️

December 4th, 2022

Raleigh is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Raleigh is expected to decrease by 23.2% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 8.3 megajoules of energy per m2 per …

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Light needs for plant Lucky Bamboo in Raleigh, North Carolina

Daylight will decrease by 0.8 hours 📉

December 4th, 2022

This month, Raleigh is getting an average of 8.8 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 8.1% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.6 total hours of dayli…

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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 Raleigh, North Carolina ⛅.

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 Raleigh, North Carolina

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

December 2nd, 2022

The growing potential in Raleigh is 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 repot…

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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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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 Raleigh, North Carolina, 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 142
Lucky Bamboo has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 107
Lucky Bamboo has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 63
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 43 Plants
xp 4,142 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 272 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
Izlevi avatar
@Izlevi
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 735 XP
12/25/2021

really cute and easy to look after :)

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 62 Plants
xp 5,843 XP
globe Minneapolis, MN
11/20/2021

Unkillable! Be careful because it’s not pet friendly

Survivor Survivor
Rhe.phillips01 avatar
@Rhe.phillips01
leaf-1 49 Plants
xp 1,062 XP
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 59 Plants
xp 3,942 XP
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
Jack avatar
@Jack
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 100 XP
globe Indianola, IA
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 72 Plants
xp 4,481 XP
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
xp 87 XP
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
@Caro.coleman
leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 238 XP
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 5 Plants
xp 307 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

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