Lucky Bamboo Care

Dracaena sanderiana

Basic Lucky Bamboo Care

Originating from Asia, you can choose to grow Lucky Bamboo in either a vase filled with water or in well-draining soil, they will thrive in both! Below you will find out complete Lucky Bamboo care guide with everything you need to know!

Bright Indirect Light

I love the sunshine but too much direct light will damage my leaves.

Water Frequently

I like my soil to be moist so make sure to water me often.

Medium Humidity

Please make sure the air isn’t too dry, otherwise, I won’t be a happy plant.

Draining Soil

I like a mix that includes peat moss and perlite as these prevent my roots from becoming water-logged.

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Detailed Lucky Bamboo Care

Whether you're looking to make sure your Lucky Bamboo is in it's perfect conditions, or looking to see if one could work for your space. We've got you covered.

Lucky Bamboo thrives in anything but direct sunlight

The ideal amount of sunlight for a Lucky Bamboo is bright but indirect but they can also adjust to medium levels of light too! The number 1 rule is just to keep them away from too much direct sunlight (especially in summer).

They grow in water and soil!

The great thing about Lucky Bamboo is that they grow really well in either a vase filled with water or a pot with well-draining soil. So it’s up to you how you grow it.

Water well and keep it fresh

If growing your Lucky Bamboo in water, keep the potting mix somewhat moist by watering little but often. If you are growing it in water only make sure to change out the water weekly to avoid it stagnating.

Use filtered water

Lucky Bamboo can be quite sensitive to the amount of fluoride and other chemicals found in tap water. If you live in a particularly hard water area then we recommend using rain water or purified filtered water to avoid any issues.

Lucky Bamboo like warm temperatures

When caring for Lucky Bamboo it’s important you keep them in the warmest rooms in your home. They don’t like to be near drafty windows or doors as the cold air from outside can shock the plant and damage its health in the long term.

Propagate using a stem cutting

It’s super easy to propagate Lucky Bamboo as you just need to take a stem cutting and place it in water. Change out the water every week as you usually would and roots will start to grow.

Lucky Bamboo are toxic to pets and humans

You want to keep your Lucky Bamboo away from pets and children as they are mildly toxic if ingested so you don’t want anyone nibbling on them whilst you aren’t looking!

Lucky Bamboo Care Starter Kit

We've put together this great little starter kit that includes all of the equipment and information you'll need to take proper care of your Lucky Bamboo.

Common Problems with your Lucky Bamboo

Here are some common issues that you might run into. It's important to diagnose any issues early to give your plant the best chance of bouncing back.

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It is totally natural for your Lucky Bamboo to have red roots. In fact this is a sign that they are healthy roots so you don’t need to worry about this one bit!

Black roots on a Lucky Bamboo means that the root system is unhealthy and the roots are rotting. This has happened because the water hasn’t been changed for a while or there is too much chlorine in the water you are using. Trim away the black roots and refresh the plant with filtered water which is changed out weekly.

Yellow leaves on a Lucky Bamboo plant are a sign that your plant is getting too much direct light. Move your plant to a shadier spot in your home and trim off the worst affected leaves.

A lack of humidity is the main reason why your Lucky Bamboo might have brown leaves. Make sure to mist the plant several times each week and invest in a humidifier to keep a constant level in your home. Your other plants will love the boost too!

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