How to care for Lucky bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana)-Best guide

Lucky bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana) is a common indoor plant that can be grown hydroponically or in soil. It is famous for its shape and eye-catching beauty. Lucky bamboo increases the beauty of your indoor garden and it looks very cheerful.


Common Name Lucky bamboo, friendship bamboo, ribbon plant
Botanical Name Dracaena sanderiana
Kingdom              Plantae
Family Asparagaceae
Genus                                                Dracaena
Plant Type Perennial shrub
Mature Size 1–3 ft. tall, 1–2 ft. wide (indoors)
Sun Exposure Partial shade
Soil Type Water or moist but well-drained soil
Soil pH Acidic
Bloom Time Fall, winter (does not bloom indoors)
Flower Color White
Hardiness Zones 10–11 (USDA), but typically used indoors
Native Area Africa

Other Names of lucky bamboo:

Some other popular names of lucky bamboo are Sander’s dracaena, ribbon dracaena, curly bamboo, Chinese water bamboo, Goddess of Mercy’s plant, Belgian evergreen, and ribbon plant.

Why it is known as “Lucky Bamboo”

Lucky bamboo has deep roots at feng shui in China in the ninth century BC—and is traditionally given as a gift to increase good luck, good fortune, wealth, love, health, and growth in position and for this reason, it is more famous as Lucky Bamboo. That meaning can also be derived by the number of stalks. Eight stalks of bamboo represent wealth and establishment while three stalks of bamboo represent bringing happiness and good health.

How to care Lucky Bamboo:

Lucky Bamboo is a much hardy and steadfast plant so it is easier to grow indoor than other indoor plants. But for getting the best shape and beauty of your bamboo plant you need to maintain some conditions in which the bamboo plant can grow healthy, the conditions are proper light and temperature, soil with adequate moisture content, a container with a proper drainage system, It takes much time to achieve the desired shape of your lucky bamboo and for this, you have to wait with patience.


Lucky bamboo tolerates bright light without direct sunlight. They are more suited in low light than too much light. If you put your bamboo plant in too much light or direct sunlight then the leaves can be scorched. Placing those in much lower light may cause stretch or green fading of your plant and to prevent this you should place your plant in bright light, but not in direct sunlight.


Lucky Bamboo prefers good potting soil and you should not use mire or sand type soil. You should ensure a proper draining system to protect your plant from being waterlogged. The plant also grows well in a vase that is full of water.


You should water your bamboo plants with bottled water or distilled water. You should not use tap water for your bamboo plants as tap water contains chlorine and other chemical elements which are sensitive for bamboo plants. If you want to use tap water for your plant then put the tap water in a container for 24 hours because at this time chlorine and other chemical elements are evaporated at bottom of the container. If you grow your bamboo plant in a water base then change the water once each week.


Temperature and Humidity

Lucky bamboo plants are more suited to warmer temperatures and at warmer temperatures (20-40°C) your plant can grow healthy. You should not put your plant near an element (cold or hot), near an air conditioner or heating vent.


Average humidity is most suited for Lucky Bamboo. So you need not increase the humidity level.


You need not give much fertilizer or food to your lucky bamboo for nutrition. But for healthy growth, you can use fertilizer once each month. You can also use very weak fertilizer to fertilize your lucky bamboo.

Shaping and Pruning

The pruning process will help you to maintain the desired shape of your bamboo plant. When the plant grows continuously after getting the desired shape then you should trim the top of the plant to maintain the shape. You should not cut the main stalk of your plant rather you should cut offshoots using a sharp knife. After a few days later you notice that another new shoot emerging and again applying the pruning and shaping process you can control the shape of your bamboo plant.

How to propagate Lucky Bamboo

To increase the family of Lucky Bamboo you can propagate your bamboo plant by taking a cutting from the mother bamboo plant and planting them in another container. You should use a sharp knife to cut off a stem with at least one leaf joint from the main stalk of the mother plant and then trim the leaves from the cutting. Then put the cutting in a container filled with clean distilled water and the bottom should be covered by the distilled water. In around 30 days you will notice red roots are emerging from the bottom of your little bamboo plant.

Some problems with Lucky Bamboo

Lucky Bamboo is an easy-growing plant but you can notice some issues with your plant. Most of them are caused by water effects. You should not use tap water and you should change the water once each week if you grow your plant in a water-filled container. Changing water and giving the right quality of water can eliminate the issues of your bamboo plant.

Yellow leaves:

If you give too much fertilizer to your plant and place it in direct sunlight then it can cause turning the leaves in yellow color. If you notice yellow leaves you should place your plant in a shadier place and don’t give fertilizer for a few days.

Brown leaves:

Brown leaves of bamboo plants are the indicator of dry air and using polluted water. So you should increase the humidity by spraying to your plant and also using good quality water.

Black roots:

The roots of a healthy bamboo plant are of red or orange color. So if you notice that the roots of your plant are of black color then you should cut the roots immediately using a small sharp snip and then place your stalks in the container.

Browning leaf tips:

Water mixed with additive elements or chlorine water can cause browning of the leaves. You should cut the brown leaves using a sharp scissor and then remove the leaves from the container because after rotting those leaves can attract bacteria which is much harmful to your bamboo plant.


If you notice algae in the water then it can be guessed that your container or vase is much clear and thick and this light can penetrate the vase and encourage the growth of algae. You should clean the container using liquid detergent and water and then start again. If you notice this problem is not being solved then you should use another container or vase.

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