If you are here, you want to know about growing a bamboo plant.
It is very popular as a gift, a house decoration and it is believed to bring love, happiness, and prosperity. A perfect plant for everything, right?
I have created this guide to help you take care of your bamboo plant in the best possible way, and be a proud owner of a beautiful bamboo plant.
I will tell you how to grow bamboo, how to water it, and how to propagate it.
Also, did you know that the popular bamboo plant is not actually bamboo?
How to Grow Bamboo Plant
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First of all, before I get to an in-depth guide on how to grow a healthy bamboo plant in your home, I would like to set a few things straight. In order to learn about bamboo plants care, you first need to know your bamboo!
Namely, what we call ‘bamboo’ and what we usually buy in plant stores under that name actually is not a bamboo.
How is that?
The wonderful, tall and slick, durable plant you see sitting in fancy vases on tables and shelves in offices or houses is the so-called ‘lucky bamboo’.
In this guide, I will focus on both the indoor luck-attracting plant, and the outdoor plant koalas like to munch on.
But before getting into caring for the two plants, let me explain the difference and the source of confusion.
Bamboo vs. Lucky Bamboo
Bamboo tree, or to be more precise, bamboo grass can grow very tall and form forests. It is extremely sturdy and can be used to build houses.
Depending on its species (and there are over a thousand) it can reach the height of up to 20 ft (the giant bamboo can reach 70 ft of height), which is more than impressive for something that is essentially a grass, wouldn’t you say?
Smaller species can form bushes, up to 6 feet, or just grow in-between the highest sticks and reach about 12 ft of height.
The bamboo grass belongs to the botanical family Poaceae.
On the other hand, the Lucky bamboo belongs to the Dracenae, which means that it is closely related, not to the bamboo plant, but rather other Dracena species which are palm trees!
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So, why do we call lucky bamboo ‘bamboo’ and create confusion?
Well, the culprit is its looks. The Lucky bamboo looks more like a bamboo grass than a palm tree because of its long stalks and the way it sprouts leaves.
In every other aspect, bamboo and lucky bamboo are different.
While a bamboo tree can grow up to 20 feet, the Lucky bamboo can only reach 2 to 3 feet in height if cared for properly.
The light and water requirements are also quite different, and the lucky bamboo can’t be used for construction since its stalk as not as sturdy (or large enough).
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Also, it would be considered quite unusual (to say it in the most polite way) if you brought a 12 feet tree to a housewarming party, while an elegant stalk of the lucky bamboo is a popular and welcomed choice all around the world since the Chinese believe it brings luck and abundance.
When it comes to the growth speed lucky bamboo has an average growth rate while the bamboo grass has an impressive growth rate of up to almost half a meter a day (1.5 ft)!
So, besides the appearance and the commonly known name, bamboo tree (or grass, if you like) and the popular lucky bamboo have no other similarities.
Oh, well, you can grow them both in your home or, in your garden if you choose the bamboo grass type.
Grow lucky bamboo in soil or in water, it is your choice, but the most common way is to grow them in water and fixate them with pebbles. Both soil and water have their advantages as a growing medium.
The bamboo grass grows in soil and can be a great decoration and useful addition to your garden. I will get into that later.
So, whichever of these two confusing plants you decide to grow you will have to take into account a few aspects:
Where do you want your bamboo to be? On an office desk? Choose the lucky bamboo.
in an exotic garden? Well, your choice may be bamboo grass.
Are you set on having the bamboo trees in your indoor environment? Well, that is possible as well as long as you choose some of the shorter species, and have enough space for it to grow.
A hotel lobby or a restaurant lounge can be a good spot for growing bamboo trees indoor.
Bonsai rooting and proper pruning can keep the bamboo grass species fit for the indoors.
2. Light and Soil requirements
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To grow a bamboo, be it grass or the lucky ones, you have to pay close attention to the light and water requirements.
The two plants do not like the same things. For example, the Lucky bamboo enjoys being put in water only, while the bamboo tree does not like it.
Also, the mineral needs of both plants are different (so placing them together in the same type of soil can be great for one and terrible for the other.
When it comes to the light, while taller bamboo grass species enjoy a lot of direct sunlight, the lucky bamboo and some shorter species of the bamboo grass do not (because they are usually in the shade that the taller plants provide)
How to take Care of Bamboo Plant
When you decide to take upon caring for a plant you want to do everything to keep it happy and healthy.
There are several important steps that you should take to make sure that you will be growing a healthy and happy bamboo whether it is the popular house plant- Lucky bamboo, or the impressive bamboo grass. So, this is how to take care of bamboo plant and grow it successfully:
1. Pick a healthy plant
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Picking a healthy plant will not be a difficult task in any case.
The color of the healthy bamboo plant is bright to dark green. It has foliage sprouts of a shade darker green than the stalk.
The leaves are pointy but are not curling. If they are curling in any direction, they can be showing signs of overwatering, dehydration or disease.
Plants with brown leaves (the leaf tips are brown) are probably not healthy.
Pay attention to the roots as well. If they have a moldy smell or have a brown or black mushy residue on them it means that they are diseased with either mold or bacteria.
If you have a plant like that, there are some changes (for example with dehydration or overwatering) that you can help it recover, but if you have the option, choose a healthy plant. It will make your experience with caring for it all that easier.
2. Pick the right container
The right container does not have to be very large.
If you are planting a lucky bamboo in soil, the container should be an inch to an inch and a half of free space around the stalk. The same goes for the Bamboo grass. The bamboo forests are thick so the stems do not need much space around to grow.
You should re-pot only when you notice that the roots are outgrowing the container – they can show in the drainage holes, or the overall appearance of the plant might decline.
So, re-pot when the plant becomes pot-bound.
When it comes to growing lucky bamboo in water, the size of the container can vary according to and only to your taste and imagination.
Pick a wide and shallow or tall and thin container, it does not matter as long as you use smooth pebbles to prevent the plant from falling.
Another soil substitute is the gell beads for plants. They provide water for the plant, keep it fixed and give it a fun look especially if you have a see-through container.
3. Choose the right soil
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Unless you are planning to grow Lucky bamboo in water, picking the right soil type is very important for the overall happiness of your plant. Since both bamboo species like to be in damp, but not a soaking environment, choosing the well-draining soil is quite important.
This is not an issue when you are planting bamboo grass in your garden since the ground has natural ways of conducting water away from the surface (pay attention to the soil type though, a clay soil, for example, will never be suitable for growing bamboo grass).
So, if you are planning on planting either lucky bamboo or bamboo grass in a container the soil choice is crucial.
Pick a well-draining potting mix. If you are not sure that you have one that is suitable, you can add a layer of pebbles at the bottom of the container, and make sure that the container has drainage holes. This will ensure that the soil is not keeping excess water in causing harm to the roots.
4. Water properly
Watering the plants in the right way is one of the key components of caring for bamboo plants.
If you want to know how to grow bamboo faster (lucky bamboo or the bamboo grass), the catch is – provide adequate watering.
Both plants like to have access to a lot of water, but still, they do not like to have as much as they can literally drown in it.
The only exception here would be growing the Lucky Bamboo in water, where you need to pay attention only that the water is not hard, and that it covers the roots at all times, but not the rest of the stalk (which can cause rotting).
5. Take care of the light
Light is an important aspect of keeping any bamboo happy.
And while giant and tall bamboo grass varieties like direct sunlight, smaller varieties, and lucky bamboo do not.
They enjoy and thrive in dark environments, which is why you can put them anywhere you want in your house, except directly on a sunbathed window.
Direct sunlight can burn the sensitive foliage causing it to turn brown and dry.
6. Fertilize properly
Fertilization can help you figure out how to grow bamboo faster, but both lucky bamboo and bamboo grass do not need much fertilization. It can even be harmful to the plant unless the environment really lacks what the plant needs to be healthy and happy.
If you notice that your bamboo plant is becoming yellow, that its leaves are drying or becoming sluggish it might be the time to get to fertilizing.
Fertilize carefully, and help your bamboo plants grow faster.
7. Prune and propagate
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Pruning and propagation go hand in hand.
Although, you can prune and not propagate if you decide like that. I personally think it is a waste of good plants since every healthy sprout you remove can grow into another healthy bamboo plant.
You may decide to prune if you want to shape your plant, e.g. you want it bushier, or if the sprouts are growing too tall and your bamboo is overgrowing the room it is in, or just becoming too tall and thin for your taste.
Both lucky bamboo and bamboo grass can benefit from pruning, and although you can freely let the bamboo grow, pruning allows you to control the plant, and shape it as you like (there will be more on that).
Propagating means developing and rooting new plants, so this means you can grow bamboo from cuttings provided that the cuttings are healthy.
8. Cure the diseases
All of this caring for the bamboo will be futile if you do not take care of its roots, and prevent (or eliminate) pests and diseases.
Watch out for mealybugs and mites.
They will not kill the plant but they will affect the overall appearance of the plant. The bugs will also take nutrients that are essential for the plant right out of the foliage.
There will be more on other types of problems you can encounter when caring for bamboo so stay tuned.
Watering Bamboo Plant
Watering Bamboo plants depends first on which one you chose to take care of.
If you chose the Bamboo grass and decided to grow it outdoors, you will have to set up a watering system that will keep your plants properly hydrated.
Resort to this, rather than manual watering, especially if you are caring for a large land section covered in bamboo trees.
The bamboo grass likes a lot of water but dampening rather than soaking the soil.
To be sure how to water it, check the ground at about 4 to 8 inches. If the soil is damp, you are okay not to water yet, however, if it is dry than your Bamboo is not getting enough water.
The frequency of watering depends on the temperature (the season, essentially) so when it is hotter outside you should water more often.
There is another useful tip – water less frequently but make sure that you have truly dampened the soil (as deep as 12 inches, you can dig a hole somewhere to just make sure that the roots are getting enough water until you get the hang of it) rather than watering it lightly every day.
If you water it lightly every day, the moisture will remain only in the top layers of soil, and in hot days, it will evaporate more quickly, and your bamboo will not get enough water anyway.
Do not refrain from watering even in the cold months, especially when the weather is dry. When there are heavy rains, adjust the watering.
If you are keeping your bamboo grass in pots before transplanting them into the ground, the same rules apply. Just make sure that there are drainage holes in the pots. If the water stays in the pot too long it can cause root rots and even drown the plant altogether.
If your choice is the Lucky Bamboo the watering question differs if you keep your bamboo in water or in soil.
To grow bamboo in water you need to make sure that the water has the proper minerals for your plant.
Lucky Bamboo does not like hard, tap water. The minerals in it cause the leaves to go brown.
You will know that your tap water is hard if it leaves white rings on the glass containers.
When growing Lucky Bamboo in water and you want to fix the hard water problem, you have a few options.
You can use distilled or purified water that you can cheaply purchase, you can boil tap water and leave it to cool before you put it in the bamboo container, or you can leave tap water to sit for about 24 hours, and then use it.
Pour the water in the container so that it completely covers the plant’s roots, but not more than that.
When it comes to how often you should change the water the gardeners have different opinions. Some say you should change the water completely every week, others do it every two to three weeks while some just add a bit to keep the roots covered and change it completely every two or three months.
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It basically depends on how warm it is and how fast the water evaporates.
The best rule to go by, in my experience is: keep the water fresh and decide the water changing frequency by yourself.
If your water is stale and smells moldy or you notice that green or brownish-black residue forming in the water or on the roots, it is time to wash the roots and the container, and completely change the water. This will keep mold and bacteria away.
If the water appears ok, and it does not smell, you can just add some when the level declines, and just clean the container and roots occasionally.
If you plant your lucky bamboo in soil, caring for it is no different than caring for other house plants.
Like its namesake the bamboo grass, lucky bamboo also likes the soil to be damp, rather than soaking.
Make sure that you are using an appropriate potting soil. In this case, it should be a well-draining soil that allows excess water to escape, in that way preventing root rotting.
My personal favorite is the Miracle-Gro Potting Mix, it provides great drainage and environment for the lucky bamboo to thrive.
Again, the lightning requirements differ are different for the two bamboo plants.
The Lucky bamboo likes to be in a shade, so this is why it is perfect for tables and shelves that are far away from the light source.
It does not mean that it can’t grow in rooms with a lot of daylight and brightness, it can.
The only thing you should avoid by all costs is putting it under direct sunlight.
So if you have a window that does not get any sunlight during the day, you can even place your lucky bamboo on the windowsill.
If it is getting direct sunlight, protect it with a sheer curtain or just place it a little bit to the side, hiding it from the sun.
Lucky bamboo’s foliage is sensitive to the direct sunlight. It is prone to browning of the tips anyway, so sunlight can essentially cause burns to your otherwise happy plant. causing it to look and feel bad.
Just like the Lucky Bamboo, the majority of the shorter Bamboo grass species like the shade rather than direct sunlight, so the same guidelines apply.
Keep away from direct sunlight or protect by a curtain. The best choice would be the side of the room farthest from the light source.
Why do shorter Bamboo species like shade rather than sunlight if they are still, in fact, grass and grass generally like sunlight?
It is due to the fact that those dwarf species are covered and protected from the direct sunlight by the higher tree canopy.
So, even in nature, they thrive in shady environments.
In just the same way, higher and giant species enjoy direct sunlight, so for planting them in a garden pick a section that has the most sunlight during the day, or if you are preparing them for transplant or keeping them in pots, place them where there is a lot of sunlight.
Fertilizing Bamboo Plant
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Bamboo plants, both Lucky bamboo and Bamboo grass do not require frequent or even constant fertilizing.
Why is that?
They get the majority of their nutrients from the water and the most important of them is nitrogen, which both plants like.
In case that the water does not have enough nutrients (nitrogen, along with potassium and phosphorus) it is the right time to resort to fertilizers.
You will know that this is the case when your plant is becoming yellow, and you have already determined that neither pests nor light nor temperature is the reason for its bad shape.
Aside from nitrogen-rich fertilizer, you can use rainfall or aquarium water to perk up your indoor-kept bamboo plants. And always, always, water with fresh water (room temperature), because water is the main source of nutrients.
In the case of outdoor, ground-planted bamboo grass, you can also use the nitrogen-rich fertilizers, but your alternatives will be organic compost or even manure.
The most important guideline here is – do not overfertilize!
You can use a bit of fertilizer in the shooting season or when you are propagating, to give the plant a little nudge, yet overfertilizing all throughout the year can do more harm than good as too much fertilizer causes the leaves to go brown and the plant could die.
Bamboo Plant Pruning
Pruning of your plants keeps them looking good, or looking like you want them to look.
Bamboo grass is a fast-growing plant so pruning is quite essential if you do not want them to shoot to the sky.
This is especially the case for the tall varieties of the bamboo grass, as t can reach extreme speeds in growth.
On the other hand, you can only restrict to pruning when the foliage does not look good, goes brown or yellow, and let the plant grow like it would in nature.
In this case, remove the diseased leaves by gently pulling the leaves in the direction different from the growth direction. It should come off easily.
How do you prune bamboo?
Both lucky bamboo and bamboo grass react the same to pruning and the technique is the same.
To successfully prune you only need pruning clippers (or pruners) or a kitchen knife, or in case of the tall bamboo grass varieties, even a saw.
Make sure that the tool you are using is sharp and clean, otherwise, you may squish or spread bacteria into the remaining part of the plant.
My personal favorite is the pruners, because, when you are using a sharp kitchen knife, you can still press on the stem too hard and hurt it.
The most important part of pruning is deciding where to cut, and it depends on what you are cutting.
If you are cutting the young foliage that grows sideways and up, try to cut as close to the stem as possible.
This will allow for the new sprout to come out eventually, and if you leave a half an inch or more, it will dry out. It will not harm the plant, but it will not look as nice as it could.
Do not throw away the sections you have cut out, you can use them for growing bamboo from cuttings.
On the other hand, if you want to shorten your bamboo, as opposed to, let’s say- grooming it, you want to cut the stalk.
In this case, it is also important to pick the right place to make the cut, and that is about half an inch above the node.
This will prevent the plant from looking stubby. Once you cut the stem, you should cover the ‘wound’ with natural wax.
This will prevent the section from drying.
Some gardeners choose not to do that, but over time, the section becomes dry and it harms not the plant but its appearance.
Use natural beeswax, melt it and when it is not hot anymore, dip just the tip and leave it that way.
The important thing to know when cutting bamboo’s stem is, it will no longer grow from there.
It is a permanent way of controlling the height and shape of your bamboo. The plant will, however, continue growing young shoots from under the node where the cut was made, and you can let it grow, or prune once again when you decide to.
The best time to do so is after the shooting season, so, when you see new sprouts have come out and grew a little, somewhere in the fall it is ok to prune your bamboo plants.
Shaping lucky bamboo
Lucky bamboo is interesting because it can be found in many shapes and designs.
They can go from just one stalk going into a spiral or many stalks fit together to make one intricate, marvelous design.
The growers usually do that before selling it, however, if you decide to propagate yourself you will have more than enough stems so that you can create various designs.
For connecting the stalks into the shape you want, gold or red strings are traditionally used.
Bamboo Plant Propagation
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The answer to ‘how to grow bamboo from cuttings’ is quite simple, just take the sections you have cut out when you were pruning and use them to propagate.
What you need to pay attention to is that the stems or the shoots need to be healthy to be able to grow roots.
To grow bamboo cuttings you will need a few things:
- pebbles or aquarium gravel to keep them in place
- a container (preferably glass so you can monitor the water level)
- a bit of fertilizer or aquarium water or collected rainfall
Once you have removed the cuttings from the mother plant you want to remove some of the bottom leaves so that you expose the core and make space for the roots to form.
The next step would be to pour water into the container and add pebbles or aquarium gravel that will hold the cuttings in place.
Carefully place the cuttings in the container making sure that the gravel or pebbles keep them from moving.
Add as many as it is possible for that container, you do not have to place each cutting in a different container.
Add a drop or two of nitrogen-rich fertilizer, or a bit of aquarium water (for Lucky bamboo), or rainfall (for Bamboo grass).
In about a month the roots will grow enough so you can transplant them into their own containers. I, however, like to have them together until the roots are about 2 in long.
In this way, you are certain that, if you want to transplant your bamboo in soil, the roots are strong enough to get the food from it.
You can also grow roots on the stems that you have cut, and the process is the same.
The only different thing is- the bamboo will remain at the same height. So use the short stems for different bamboo designs or use them to continue propagating because they will have new shootings when the time comes.
How long does it take to grow bamboo, you ask?
Rooting takes for about a month, and you can enjoy growing it for years, even decades if you take care of it properly.
Repotting Bamboo Plant
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Whether you grow your bamboo plants in soil or in water, the plant can become potbound and require the change of container.
The plant is potbound when the roots are too large for the container, so when you plant bamboo (in water or soil) make sure that the container allows for enough space all around the roots-about an inch from all sides would be enough.
In the case of Lucky bamboo grown in water, it can be bigger, and it depends on your imagination and ideas.
When the bamboo becomes potbound, you can see the roots coming out f the drainage holes, or your bamboo becomes pale, lifeless and yellow.
Its growth will be stopped until you move it to a bigger container.
To move the plant into a bigger container, carefully remove the pot and excess soil making sure you do not hurt the roots.
When you remove the soil, inspect the roots to see if there are any signs of mold and fungus, you can even wash them and then place the plant into a new container.
In the next few weeks, your plant may still look a bit “tired” until it gets used to its new environment. If you want, you can use a bit of fertilizer now, just to give it a bit of a boost and support to start thriving again.
And that’s how you are repotting bamboo!
Bamboo Plant Problems and Solutions
Although Bamboo (both plants) is very easy to grow and take care of, there are a few things that can limit its growth or damage it so much that it dies.
Here are a few things that can harm your lucky bamboo or your bamboo tree.
1. Leaves turning brown
The reasons for the leaves turning brown and eventually dying are various.
- Old age
First, the reason can be the age of the plant. If you have been caring for either bamboo plant for years and it starts dying, it is a normal process and there is nothing you can do.
If your plant is young and still developing brown and dry tips there are several reasons that can be the cause.
I have already said that fertilizing either of those two plants is not mandatory, so you can imagine how harmful it can be if you overdo it.
Fertilize once every few months if you insist and use the adequate fertilizer for each plant.
What happens if you overdo on fertilizer?
Well, essentially, your plant will be chemically burned from the inside.
The stalks and the leaves may turn yellow, and the leaves can develop dry and brown tips.
If you react at the beginning of the process there still might be a chance for the plant to recover.
And what should you do if you have overfertilized? Either remove the plant from soil and water and repot in a regular chemical environment or, in case of the bamboo grass, water abundantly so that the ground’s draining system will wash away the fertilizer.
- Water not adequate.
Lucky bamboo can develop brown tips and yellowish color due to the minerals in the water.
Sulfates and salts that can be found in hard water (check your tap water’s hardness) are the main culprits.
You can fix this problem by removing the diseased leaves and replacing the water in the container with either boiled or distilled water which is softer than the straight out of the tap water.
You can’t reverse the browning process but you can prevent it from happening further.
With lucky bamboo and shorter species of bamboo grass, it is extremely important to keep exposure to sunlight limited.
Since they are growing in shade in nature, it is expectable that they would like the same in an artificial environment.
Exposing bamboo (any variety besides the tall ones) to a lot of direct sunlight causes sunburns which manifest as the leaves turning dry and brown. In severe cases, the stems can go brown too.
2. Leaves turning yellow
Besides drying and being brown, Bamboo leaves can turn yellow as well.
Here are some reasons for this problem that harms your plant’s health and appearance.
One of the reasons is actually the lack of beneficial nutrients that the plant requires. In case of the lucky bamboo keep the water fresh and adequate and as for the bamboo grass, try to give it enough nitrogen that it likes.
Another reason is temperature. Bamboo plants do not like too cold and too dry an environment, so enough humidity is crucial along with moderate and warm temperatures ( 65 F and 90 F.).
Also, make sure that the water you are using is not cold, especially when it comes to watering Lucky Bamboo. Make it room temperature and avoid your plant going yellow.
3. Pests and diseases
Too much water can cause mold build-up on the Bamboo roots. Aside from the foul smell that is not appealing to people, it eventually causes the roots to rot, so the plant dies. Other harmful bacteria can do the same if the water is not clean.
This also goes for soil-planted lucky bamboo or bamboo grass.
To prevent mold and bacteria forming, keep the soil damp instead of overwatering it, and keep the water-kept lucky bamboo in clean, odor-free water.
When it comes to the pests, mealybugs, and mites are bamboo’s first enemy.
They are usually very hard to spot since they are so little (especially the mites) but you can notice your foliage curling or becoming stunted, or even having some white discoloration (white spots on bamboo grass leaves).
The mites lay their eggs under the leaves.
You can use a mild insectoid soap without chemicals to fix the issue, or you can use a mix of equal measures of water, vegetable oil and mild, organic dish soap and put in in a spray bottle.
For larger patches of bamboo grass, thin out the area to provide airflow. This will help with the infestation and it will not be able to spread so fast.
After I have told you everything you need to know about caring for your bamboo plant, I thought I should share some of the most frequent questions I get. Some of them are those which I have been asking myself for a while until I found the solutions and answered them from my years’ long experience in caring for various house plants.
Is bamboo plant toxic for pets and people?
There are not any specific data on how toxic bamboo plants are for your beloved pets (especially cats and birds).
In my experience, if your cat likes to nibble on your plants it will be attracted to both. And while there are no side-effects like vomiting, when they munch on the bamboo grass (remember koalas, they love it).
On the other hand, I have notices that my cat shows signs of nausea when she eats the foliage of my lucky bamboo.
Since all Dracena plants cause this in animals, it is better to keep your pet away from it.
An interesting fact though, birds can freely eat bamboo, for them, it is not toxic at all.
The same way it affects your pets, the lucky bamboo would affect you (and I do not recommend that you try it). Keep your adventurous toddlers away from it.
The bamboo grass species are edible and they are one of the most favorite crunchy ingredients in all Asian cuisines.
Does Lucky bamboo plant flower?
Essentially, yes, the lucky bamboo plant is a flowering plant.
So, how come you never saw it grow in your home?
Well, due to the environment, the lucky bamboo plants only flower in nature and outdoors, and indoors it is almost impossible, even with the addition of a flowering agent.
Can you grow bamboo trees indoors?
Yes, you can grow Bamboo trees indoors. There are a few options for this:
- Choose some of the so-called “dwarf” varieties.
They can grow up to 6 ft, and if you have enough space they can grow indoors (e.g. a large hall or a lobby). You can even keep them in smaller rooms, you may get crowded but the plant will grow as tall as space allows.
- Use bonsai techniques
Bonsai techniques allow you to have a miniature version of your favorite tree. If you think that learning these techniques and cultivating your own bonsai bamboo tree, I am sure that you can find one that has already been prepared for indoor keeping.
So, that’s the secret to bamboo trees care! Go small!
Can I shape Lucky Bamboo at home?
SHaping the Lucky bamboo requires nothing more than a little creativity along with some basic pruning techniques.
You can connect the stalks together by using traditional gold or red wire, and there are thousands of shapes you can create.
Twist them by playing with the light source or connect stalks of various sizes to make a bamboo pyramid, make a bamboo heart out of two bamboo stalks-all it takes is a little creativity and a lot of patience.
Why is Lucky bamboo called ’ Lucky’?
According to the Chinese tradition both Bamboo plants we have talked about bring prosperity and luck to the house they are brought in.
Lucky bamboo creations are a popular gift, while bamboo is usually something you decide to bring into your house by yourself, although there are gorgeous designs of smaller bamboo grass varieties sold in pots and appropriate as gifts.
According to Feng Shui, a house that owns a pot of Lucky bamboo attracts abundance and luck.
Lucky bamboos in pairs, for example, are said to bring love.
Can I grow bamboo in a pot?
You can grow Bamboo in a pot because, although it is a fast-spreading, fast-growing and quite tall, in a pot, the growth is limited by the container.
The roots will not have much space to grow, so the plant can become potbound.
In this case, you should re-pot the plant, and prune it if it becomes too tall or too big for the premises it is in.
Will my Bamboo grass crowd my garden?
Bamboo grass is fast growing so, in order to prevent it from going over the desired areas, try to place them where they have limitations, like next to a wall, or like a natural fence right next to a concrete path.
The roots are shallow so they will not damage the concrete, yet the concrete will prevent them from skipping the barrier.Follow us on: