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How to Care for your Brand New Dracaena Lucky Bamboo
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Dracaena Lucky Bamboo

How to Care for your Brand New Dracaena Lucky Bamboo

Are you looking for some good luck? Trying to bring peace and calm to your home? If so, you are quite literally in luck with the Dracaena Lucky Bamboo plant.

Despite its resemblance to a bamboo, the wonderful and beloved “Lucky Bamboo Plant” refers to a plant that is not actually bamboo. The species Dracaena sanderiana belongs to the Dracaena family. Dracaena braunii is another name for it.

While Dracaena sanderiana grows well enough in water and the plant’s canes resemble actual bamboo stalks, there is no documented basis for its popular name. It has no real connection with Japanese culture.

However you choose to refer to this good luck plant, it has opened up a whole new world for individuals who are terrified of growing plants. Additionally, it has added some green to the interior spaces of many across the world with a distinctive flare and unique look and feel.

 

Is the Dracaena Lucky Bamboo Really Lucky?

Did you know that there is actual meaning behind the number of stalks that a potted lucky bamboo has? It’s true, the number related to each stalk is as follows:

  • Two stalks are good for luck in love
  • Three stalks are good for luck in happiness
  • Five stalks are good for luck with wealth 
  • Six stalks are good for luck with your health

Additionally, bamboo is commonly associated with the practice of feng shui. Feng shui is an ancient art that brings balance to the natural elements in a home or environment. Bamboo, a representation of both water and wood, is used often when people are trying to perfect the feng shui in their homes. Also, the red string that is wrapped around the plant is said to enhance the energy in any room or your home.

Dracaena Lucky Bamboo

Requirements for your Lucky Bamboo

If you are looking to take good care of your Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana), there are certain things you should remember and rules you should follow. Among the keys to tending to your Lucky Bamboo, it is vital that you remember to:

  • Clean the Lucky Bamboo leaves regularly 
  • Change the water of your plant weekly
  • Remove the plant from its pot once a month
  • Wash off the plant and roots thoroughly to keep it clean and healthy
  • Place the plant in areas of indirect sunlight, without actual direct sun
  • Place the Lucky Bamboo back in the post after washing and changing the water

Lighting your Lucky Bamboo

Lucky Bamboo, like the rest of the Dracaena family, abhor direct sunshine and low light conditions. Light shade will promote good development. The leaves suffer from too much or too little light.

Feeding your Lucky Bamboo

How often should you feed your Lucky Bamboo? It all depends on how you are growing it? If Lucky Bamboo is growing in water, then luckily there is no need to feed it. If you subsequently decide to move it to a regular compost mix, feed it at full strength a few times a year, once in the spring and once in the summer.

Watch Out for Flouride!

Like all plants, Lucky Bamboo needs water to survive. However, unlike other plants, Lucky Bamboo is very particular about the type of water that it will accept. And, depending on where you live in the country, you might not be able to use regular tap water when you are taking care of your Lucky Bamboo plant. 

If you’re cultivating your Lucky Bamboo in water, make sure to keep the roots immersed in water at all times and then change the water promptly every couple of weeks to keep it from becoming stagnant. Also, avoid drinking tap water for long periods of time and instead opt for bottled mineral water, a home water filter, or freshly collected rain water.

Why should you avoid tap water? Because it is filled with fluoride. It’s common knowledge that many Dracaenas have fluoride issues, but how can you prevent them while trying to maintain your plant healthy and strong?

To begin, use excellent, pure water and avoid tap water as much as possible. Numerous Lucky Bamboo owners use distilled, bottled, or rainwater to hydrate their plants.

Secondly, if you’re going to drink tap water, let it out overnight to let the chlorine evaporate. The fluoride will not be removed, but the chlorine will harm the plants.

Many experts advocate refreshing the water in Lucky Bamboo every 3-7 days, demonstrating how crucial excellent water is for these plants to thrive.

dracaena lucky bamboo

Repotting your Lucky Bamboo

If you’re growing Lucky Bamboo in a regular pot with soil, you’ll need to repot it every two or three years. Compared to other plants, that’s not a whole lot and proves again how easy it is to care for Lucky Bamboo. 

Water container roots may grow to be pretty long and widespread. Therefore, if you want, you can transfer them to a larger water container. Make sure that you keep the water fresh and ensure to replenish it on a regular basis. Of course, when you are replacing your water, pay attention to where you got it from. As mentioned, Lucky Bamboo is very resistant to fluoride so you cannot water the plant with any fluid containing it, especially after repotting. 

Dracaena Lucky Bamboo

Conclusion

The Lucky Bamboo plant formally known as Dracaena sanderiana is one of the most loved houseplants in the world. It retains a sense of Japanese culture and is often found in homes attemtping to maintain a good balance of fung shei. 

There are many reasons to keep Lucky Bamboo in your house. Most importantly, they are easy to take care of and require little maintenance. But there are certain things to remember, such as their resistance to direct sunlight and their true disdain for fluoride. This makes Lucky Bamboo plants particular and fickle but still a lot of fun and very beautiful.

If you are thinking of owning a Lucky Bamboo plant – or any plant – you should head straight to our plant shop. There you can find a wide variety that will brighten up your home and add haracter, peace, and calm to every room.

While you’re there, make sure to check out our huge selection of planters. There is no better way to spruce up your plants and make them look their very best. 

FAQs

How Tall Does Lucky Bamboo Get?

This is a challenging question to answer since Lucky Bamboo may be grown in a variety of ways and is available in a variety of forms and sizes. After several years of proper care, the plant you purchase might nearly double in height.

What Temperature Does Lucky Bamboo Like?

Temperatures between 16°C and 24°C (60°F and 75°F) are ideal for development. You should not try to cultivate your plant at temps below 10°C / 50°F.

Is Lucky Bamboo Poisonous?

Phyllostachys aurea, which is sometimes referred to as Lucky Bamboo, is not toxic to humans, or common household animals like dogs and cats. However, the most often planted Lucky Bamboo, however, is Dracaena Sanderiana, and most Dracaena species have a low degree of toxicity in its leaves and stems, causing only minor symptoms if consumed.

Do Pests Bother Lucky Bamboo?

Lucky Bamboo can be affected by common houseplant pests, but this is uncommon. Spiders  and scale insects can infest your bamboo plant, but wiping them away with cotton swabs sprayed with isopropyl is an easy method to get rid of them.

What do Yellow Stalks on my Lucky Bamboo Mean? What about Yellow Leaves?

The beginning of root rot is generally the source of yellow stems. Excessive moisture is the most common cause of root rot. However in this instance, Lucky Bamboo is typically cultivated in water. As a result, root rot in fortunate bamboo is caused by the plant sitting in stagnant water. To avoid yellowing stalks, replace the water and clean the root system and rocks.

High levels of chlorine in the water are usually invariably the cause of yellowing leaves. To remove chlorine from tap water, either switch to distilled water or leave it out overnight.

One other explanation for yellow leaves is that the Lucky Bamboo plant is experiencing too much sun. Like all plants, bamboo enjoys light. But it doesn’t want not direct sunlight, otherwise it will be stressed

How Long Does Lucky Bamboo Live?

There are various reports of how long a Lucky Bamboo plant can live with many people saying that their plants can live to be more than five years old. However, this all depends on it getting the right amount of water (with no fluoride!) and the right amount of lighting (with very limited direct sunlight).

Does Lucky Bamboo Prefer Rockets Or Water Or Soil?

Plant in rocks and water if you want to keep things simple. Plant your bamboo in soil if you want it to grow bigger and quicker.  Just bear in mind that you’ll have to water it a lot more frequently when you have it sitting directly in soil.

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