A few basic rules should enable anyone to take care of the Lucky bamboo plants properly. Most importantly are watering, fertilizing, and choosing the right position to place it.
If you’ve had your plant for a while it probably already has established roots. But, if you just got your plant you’re going to need to make sure that it is rooted well. So, take your plant, pull it out of the water it came in and examine the roots. If they are dark orange, white and plentiful, then they should be ready to go. If however they look like they might not be very healthy you will want to re-root them. The best way to do this is in water. As mentioned above, most lucky bamboo comes in water it’s important to replace the water it comes in with clean filtered water. The reason for this, is that the water it comes in has a good chance of having toxins that can attack and kill your plant.
Ironically, lucky bamboo isn’t a plant that typically grows in water. So, the best thing you can do for your plant is to put it in soil. You can often use the pot your plant came in, but if you need to get another one pick one without draining holes. Lucky bamboo doesn’t naturally grow in water, but it does grow in soil that is continually damp. It’s also (in our opinion) easier for your plant to transition from water to soil when it’s a bit water logged to begin with.
The optimum temperature for a bamboo plant is between 65 to 90 degree Fahrenheit. Lucky bamboo plants may not survive in temperature below 55 degree Fahrenheit and should never be placed in front of an air-conditioner. Extreme heat and direct sunlight should be strictly avoided. Do not place your plant near a heat source such as heating vent or stove.
Fill the pot with water up to the top of the roots. Basically, you should be able to stick your finger into the soil and it should feel moist-not soggy, but moist. Check your plant every few days to see if it needs more water.
Lucky bamboo comes from rainforest so it grows best in some humidity. Spritzing your plant daily will help to retain this type of environment for your plant.
Lucky bamboo grows in sunlight that is filtered through trees and other plants so it does best in low-light environments or areas where it primarily gets early morning or late afternoon sun. Too much sun can actually kill your plant, so avoid direct sunlight.
Once planted in soil your lucky bamboo plant shouldn’t need fertilizer more than once every couple of months. Watch your lucky bamboo for yellowing stalks which can be a sign of too much fertilizer. If you see a yellowing of the stalks cut back to even less fertilizing.
Lucky Bamboo is a decorative indoor house plant that should be kept in a room temperature away from direct sunlight and should be nurished with distilled or bottled water.