Most of the time when people talk about bamboo plant food, they’re talking about liquid fertilizer used on lucky bamboo plants. Real bamboo simply requires fertilizer, lawn fertilizers work well since bamboo is in fact a grass, but you can learn more about bamboo fertilizer on the bamboo plant care page.
As for lucky bamboo, when planted in water it does need a liquid fertilizer. The most common fertilizer for lucky bamboo is Green Green Plant Food. Contrary to popular belief though, lucky bamboo doesn’t need to be frequently fertilized when it is properly cared for.
What is properly cared for?
It is of my opinion that lucky bamboo should be planted into soil. Not only do the plants prefer this, it allows them to absorb nutrients from the soil that wouldn’t be available without fertilizer in your water solution. I prefer to plant the lucky bamboo in a potting soil like this one, but whatever you chose make sure it “drains” well and take note that lucky bamboo prefers sandy soil types. You can then use bamboo plant food on occasion as part of your watering process. To learn more about caring for lucky bamboo you can check out our lucky bamboo page!