You Brought Your Plant Home-Now What?
Most people buy lucky bamboo at retail stores without a lot of planning. These stores typically bundle the roots into a plastic container full of a silica-like substance. This substance retains water and allows the plant to be transported effortlessly. Plants bought at flower shops or other locations will most likely be in filtered water. However your plant comes the best thing to do when you get it home is to take it out and rinse the roots with filtered or bottled water. The next thing you want to do is make sure the pot your plant came in is clean. To clean it, simply wash it with a mild soap and rinse well. Your last rinse should be with the filtered or bottled water to make sure you don’t expose your plant to any chlorine, fluoride, or other harmful substances. It’s important while you’re cleaning the planter that you don’t let roots of your plant dry out.
Checking out the roots
Although lucky bamboo comes in water, it isn’t an aqueous plant and should actually be grown in soil. Before you transplant it into soil, take a look at the roots. This is easy to do while rinsing them off. Healthy happy roots should be fairly long and a dark yellow/orange color. White healthy looking roots are new and they show that the plant is happy and growing. If your roots look like this, then you are ready to transplant into soil immediately. If however you feel like the roots are lacking, feel free to replace the plant in filtered or bottled water for a week or two. This may sound counterproductive, but lucky bamboo roots faster in water than soil. Once the roots are properly established it the plant itself will grow best in soil.
To transplant your lucky bamboo simply find a pot without draining holes and use a sandy or well-draining potting soil (I use this one). One the lucky bamboo is planted use filtered water and fill until the top soil (where the roots end) is wet, but not soggy to the touch. Using a lot of water initially will help your plant adjust to being in soil. As the plant gets used to the soil you can cut back watering it.
Caring for Established Plants
Once you transplant your lucky bamboo, there isn’t a Lucky bamboo is a tropical plant and grows best in humidity. Spritzing your plant daily or bi-daily will help keep the humidity up. Lucky bamboo should be set in a window that gets indirect or filtered sunlight. It should also be kept indoors where it’s warm. That’s about all there is to caring for lucky bamboo! Once planted in soil, lucky bamboo doesn’t really need a fertilizer, but you can add some to the water every month or two to give it an extra boost. Overdoing it on the fertilizer can actually kill your lucky bamboo plant, so go at it sparingly. The best type of fertilizer for lucky bamboo is this kind. It’s specially formulated for lucky and works well.
Once planted in soil, most people don’t have many problems with their bamboo getting sick or dying, but it’s a good idea to keep your eye out for changes in your plant. Yellowing or dry leaves can be reversed easily if caught early.
If you’re interested in learning a little bit more about the kind of plant lucky bamboo is, where to find it and a little bit of Feng Shui, then I would recommend checking out the Lucky Bamboo Plant page!