Lucky bamboo - Dracaena braunii or sanderiana - a native to Cameroon in West Africa, is a widely popular plant, due to its ability to intertwine - no pun intended - eastern mysticism with western new age culture. It's usually grown hydroponically - in water - but it will live longer and more happily in soil, in a pot. Follow the guide !
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Plant my lucky bamboo
You can grow your lucky bamboo in water - in this case, just a pro-tip : to keep it clear, leave a small piece of charcoal at the bottom of the pot or jar.
But we'd advise to grow it in a pot! Growing it in a mix of garden soil and potting soil is the way to go. Use clay balls or gravel at the bottom of the pot to ensure good drainage.
Water my lucky bamboo
Lucky bamboos planted in pots and potting soil should not have their roots constantly damp: Let the substrate dry for 3 centimeters on the surface before watering again.
In winter, one watering per week should be more than enough.
For plants grown in water - check the level regularly, and change the water from time to time.
In all cases, the plant is sensitive to chlorine that is usually found in tap water, which can result in yellowing of the leaves or browning of their ends. Let the water rest for a day in an open container before you use it allows chlorine to evaporate.
Spray my lucky bamboo
In dry weather, spray your plant with soft water, clean the dust on the leaves: it will be all the more beautiful and you will protect it from red spiders - its main enemy!
Fertilize my lucky bamboo
If you add orchid fertilizer, your lucky bamboo may even bloom!
In summer, add liquid fertilizer for green plants every 2 weeks. You can also add slow release fertilizer pellets to the soil mix when planting or repotting. Stop all fertilizer treatments at the end of summer.
Repot my lucky bamboo
At the end of winter every year, transplant your lucky bamboo in a pot slightly larger than the current, with a mixture of garden soil and potting soil. If it is too big for potting, just scratch the top soil and add a layer of potting soil.
Shelter my lucky bamboo
Starting in autumn, bring in the pots.
Have your plant spend winter in a bright frost-free spot:the ideal temperature being 18-24 °C.
During winter, keep watering your tree as long as it is still bearing fruit, then you can space out the watering, letting the substrate dry slightly between them.
Put outside my lucky bamboo
Take out your plant for the summer, starting in May. Find it first a shady spot to acclimate it for few days, then place it gradually in the sun.
Check on my lucky bamboo
Keep a close eye on the leaves: if they are deformed it is either a lack of light or an excess of water. Try both: find a brighter location and reduce watering.