Below are 5 tips on how to care for Lucky Bamboo

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Bring your home or office to life! 

In Feng Shui, Lucky Bamboo (Draceana sanderiana) is said to bring good luck and fortune. It’s one of those beautiful, versatile plants that can be grown in a vase of water or in the soil and the stems are often grown into decorative shapes, so it’s the perfect addition to your home or office.

Much of the luck of the bamboo comes from how many stalks you have or are given. Two stalks of bamboo is an expression of love, three stalks of bamboo brings three kinds of luck to you, happiness (Fu), long life (Soh) and Wealth(Lu). However, four stalk bamboo is never used as in the Chinese language the number four draws negative (sha) energy.

Lucky Bamboo likes to be grown in bright, filtered light. Exposure to direct sunlight can scorch the leaves and lack of light can promote weak, lanky growth and faded foliage. Place plants away from air conditioning and heating vents. 

Growing Lucky Bamboo in water 

Lucky Bamboo can be grown in a vase or container with water and pebbles for support. Make sure the vase or container is long and thin enough to keep the bamboo upright. Keep the roots covered with water and top up when required.

Lucky Bamboo will need at least 10cm of water to grow roots, but the vase or container should be 3/4 full of water. The water should be changed completely every two weeks. Lucky Bamboo can be sensitive to chlorine and other chemicals often found in tap water, so where possible use rainwater or distilled water or leave tap water out for 24 hours to allow the chlorine to evaporate.

Healthy Lucky Bamboo in Water 

Lucky Bamboo grows well with little fertiliser, but the right food in the right amount can make a big difference. The best time to feed water grown plants is when you change the water. Simply add 2 mL of PowerFeed to 1 litre of water every 4 weeks. 

Growing Lucky Bamboo in Soil 

Bamboo stalks should be approximately 10cm from each other in the pot. This is to ensure that each stalk has sufficient space for their roots to develop. Drainage is also important. Plants grown in soil like a moderate amount of water. They don’t like to be over or under watered, so allow the top of the soil to dry out between watering. Giving to much water can wash away much needed nutrients in the soil and not enough water can dry them out to much.

In winter time, in colder climates around Australia, Lucky Bamboo can survive in lower temperatures but if the temperature stays below 5 degrees for prolong times they can wither. Bring Lucky Bamboo indoor to temperatures above 10 degrees so that they can keep growing, in fact Lucky Bamboo will only grow well in temperatures between 20 and 30 degrees.

Healthy Lucky Bamboo in Soil

For soil grown plants simply mix 2 mL of PowerFeed with 1 litre of water and apply the solution every 4 weeks. 

PowerFeed is an organically based liquid fertiliser and soil conditioner that promotes vigorous, healthy growth. It also contains liquid composts, which stimulate beneficial soil microbial activity, promote good soil structure and increase nutrient availability.