Most people looking for indoor bamboo plant care are actually looking for how to care for lucky bamboo. Lucky bamboo is fairly easy to take care of, but there are some things you can do to make sure your lucky bamboo plant thrives.
1. Establish the roots.
If you’ve had your plant for a while it probably already has established roots. But, if you just got your plant you’re going to need to make sure that it is rooted well. So, take your plant, pull it out of the water it came in and examine the roots. If they are dark orange, white and plentiful, then they should be ready to go. If however they look like they might not be very healthy you will want to re-root them. The best way to do this is in water. As mentioned above, most lucky bamboo comes in water it’s important to replace the water it comes in with clean filtered water. The reason for this, is that the water it comes in has a good chance of having toxins that can attack and kill your plant.
2. Plant in soil.
Ironically, lucky bamboo isn’t a plant that typically grows in water. So, the best thing you can do for your plant is to put it in soil. I use soil like this. You can often use the pot your plant came in, but if you need to get another one pick one without draining holes. Lucky bamboo doesn’t naturally grow in water, but it does grow in soil that is continually damp. It’s also (in my opinion) easier for your plant to transition from water to soil when it’s a bit water logged to begin with.
3. Water your plant.
Fill the pot with water up to the top of the roots. Basically, you should be able to stick your finger into the soil and it should feel moist-not soggy, but moist. Check your plant ever few days to see if it needs more water.
4. Spritz your plant.
Lucky bamboo comes from rainforest so it grows best in some humidity. Spritzing your plant at least bi-daily will help to retail this type of environment for your plant.
5. Make sure it gets filtered sun.
Lucky bamboo grows in sunlight that is filtered through trees and other plants so it does best in low-light environments or areas where it primarily gets early morning or late afternoon sun. Too much sun can actually kill your plant.
Once planted in soil your lucky bamboo plant shouldn’t need fertilizer more than once every couple of months. I would recommend a lucky bamboo specific fertilizer like this one. Simply follow the instructions on the type you buy and apply with water. Watch your lucky bamboo for yellowing stalks which can be a sign of too much fertilizer. If you see a yellowing of the stalks cut back to even less fertilizing.