Today we will talk all about lucky bamboo plant care (Dracaena braunii). This beautiful plant is very fashionable lately due to feng shui. Learn how to care for lucky bamboo in this complete guide.
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Lucky Bamboo Care
The lucky bamboo is so named because of the shape of its stem, similar to that of bamboo. It is a plant of African origin, specifically from Cameroon, very easy to grow and plant, either in water, in pots, or in soil. It is a perfect plant to decorate the interior of your home and also requires minimal maintenance. Although it is common to keep it in water, contrary to popular belief, it does best if planted in a pot or in the ground.
Lucky bamboo, whose scientific name is Dracaena braunii or Dracaena sanderiana, belongs to the lily family. It consists of a straight cane, which can measure between 4″ and 4.5 ft (10 cm and 1.5 m) with nodes, from which the shoots come out, and internodes, where the roots grow. Its width can be between 06″ and 1.6″ (1.5 and 4 cm) at the base. Its leaves are elongated and of intense green color. It is a fast-growing indoor plant. It also harbors a lot of symbolism. For example, in China, it is given as a gift for luck and good fortune, when starting a business, a birth, a wedding, or when acquiring a new home.
Care for Bamboo Plant
Lucky Bamboo Light
Lucky bamboo does not need large doses of light, as too much will cause the leaves to yellow and may even kill the plant. So it is best if it does not get direct sunlight.
Growing Lucky Bamboo
It is best to move the lucky bamboo from water to soil as the roots turn brown. Although it can be kept in water, the stem may eventually rot. You can plant it in a pot and place it indoors or in the garden if the climate in your area is mild. Plant it in the universal substrate with a little fertilizer.
Watering Lucky Bamboo
Lucky bamboos are aquatic plants and prefer filtered water or rainwater. If you have Lucky bamboo in water, make sure the roots are completely submerged. They can also be planted in aquariums or fish tanks, benefiting from the vitamins present in the dirty water. However, the shoots need to grow above the surface of the water, or else they will rot. If you have lucky bamboo in the soil, beware of waterlogging, which can cause root rot. Water it when you see that the top layer of the substrate is dry or semi-dry.
Lucky Bamboo Plant Care: Temperature
It thrives well in temperatures between 59 and 90°F (15 and 32 °C), which makes it ideal for decorating your home as a houseplant, although it should be avoided near sources of heat or cold, such as heating or air conditioning.
Lucky Bamboo Diseases and Pests
Mealybugs and fungal leaf spots are the most frequent problems of Lucky Bamboo. The former are eliminated by hand with alcohol and the fungi with fungicide. Lucky bamboo is not a plant that has major problems with pests and diseases.
Why is my Lucky Bamboo Turning Yellow?
Leaf margins that are yellow or brown can be caused by excessive exposure to direct sunlight, excessive root production, or high water fluoride or chlorine content, the latter of which can be avoided by placing tap water outdoors for a day before using it for the plant.
The leaves of lucky bamboo can turn yellow or brown from too much exposure to direct sunlight. Another problem can be that the water with which we water it has too much chlorine, we can avoid this by giving it rainwater or leaving the tap water outdoors for a day so that the chlorine in the water eliminates itself.
Warning: Lucky Bamboo is toxic to cats. You must be careful that your cat does not eat the plant.