Firstly, one of the most interesting things about lucky bamboo is that it is not, in fact, bamboo! These small plants areDracaena sanderiana, a perennial herb. The second very surprising fact is that while lucky bamboo has vaguely Asian stylings, it’s actually native to the African continent.
Lucky bamboo plants are found at grocery stores, hardware stores, and most nurseries, and I tend to see them more often around the New Year holiday. They are usually sold in decorative pots and jars of vaguely (though generically) Asian stylings due to the common misconception that these plants come from other bamboo-producing East Asian countries like Japan and China.
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How to Grow Lucky Bamboo
Given that Lucky bamboo plants are usually grown as a houseplant, they have a really wide range of regions. The besttemperature幸运的竹子的温度在15到22摄氏度之间(约59到71华氏度)，这是室温的平均温度。The plant does best in mid tolow light areasof indirect sunlight because direct light can burn the leaves. It can grow in low light areas like offices and bathrooms, though it might not grow as swiftly.
You can grow lucky bamboo in a small pot or jar using water as the medium which is one of the reasons it’s such an easy and lovable houseplant. Not only is it easier and arguably cleaner without dirt in the house (especially important if you have small kids or pets), it also means it can offer a really different aesthetic, because it can be grown in a clear container and not a traditional pot.
How to Care for Lucky Bamboo
Lucky bamboo, if grown in water, will need to have the water changed frequently. This ensures that the plant stays fresh and the roots stay clean, and algae and molds do not have a chance to grow in the jar. While most recommend every week,some people recommendonly every other month! Regardless of how often you change the water, it’s always important to ensure the roots are fully covered in water.
It’s also a good idea to clean the jar or vase every month or so. For all my plants, I find that having a regular watering schedule (my day is Saturday) means they get regular, weekly care and attention.
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Many lucky bamboo plants will be formed by the growers into spirals, lattices, or other forms and will be secured by gold or red ties. These ties can stay in place to keep the shape of your lucky bamboo; if you remove the ties the shape may unravel.
How to Transplant Lucky Bamboo to Soil
- To transplant your plant into soil, dig a space large enough for the roots, and push your stalk into the soil.
- Be sure to keep it moist until it’s rooted. Even when your plant is grown in soil, it’s important to use filtered or distilled water.
You can also transplant your lucky bamboo from soil to water.
- Rinse your bamboo well, then place the stalks in a pot surrounded by stones or gravel.
Lucky bamboo can also be propagated from existing plants — it’s a gift that keeps giving!
- Find a healthy stalk with at least two nodes (the lines across the bamboo from which new leaves grow).
- Snip off the healthy leaves at the base, then remove the bottom leaves.
- Place the leaves in a bowl or glass of fresh water, and watch them grow!
WikiHowhas a great image tutorial for how to do this and how to make sure the original plants remain healthy.
Common Pests and Diseases
Nell atJoy Us Gardensays her lucky bamboo has never suffered any pests, although she suggests that this family of plants is subject to infestations of spider mites, thrips, scale, and mealy bugs. She also suggests that while they don’t require fertilizer, there areoptions made specifically for lucky bamboo.
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虽然这种植物很容易生长，但它仍然会通过一些方式让你知道它需要额外的爱。如果有太多的阳光，树叶会变黄，尖端会变成棕色。如果土壤中有太多的水，根部就会腐烂，可能会过度施肥。FlowerShopNetworkhas a great list of tips for various maladies and how to remedy them, whether it’s overwatering or too much sunlight.
Not only is Lucky Bamboo such a cute and versatile little plant, but it’s also super easy to grow for year-round greenery. This plant is very easy to grow in a range of climates (owing to the fact that it’s indoors), and it’s the gift that keeps on giving. Check out your local nursery or plant sale to find your new Lucky Bamboo.