Lucky bamboo indoor plant 36 - Knowledgebase Question

Staten Island, Ne
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Question by mlyledavis
July 12, 2010
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Answer from NGA
July 12, 2010
Lucky bamboo is not really a bamboo; it's Dracaena sanderiana. Dracaenas are members of the Lily family, which includes the Easter lily and spider plant. Lucky bamboo will grow in pure water or will adjust to grow in moist potting soil. Since yours are happy in plain water, there's no need to pot it up in potting soil unless you really want to. I'd break the pot to release the roots. If you don't, the plant will eventually strangle itself. Set it in the plastic ice bucket and spread a few inches of gravel in the bottom of the bucket. This will help stablize the container so it doesn't tip over and will also provide a place for the roots to grow and anchor the plant. After putting some gravel in the bottom, hold the roots of the plant over the gravel and add another inch or two of gravel over the roots to help hold them in place. Then fill the bucket with water to the same level on the plant as it was touching before. Don't feed your lucky bamboo. Keep it in a shady area if you take it outdoors. It will enjoy temperates of 70-85 degrees and needs to be protected from sun and wind. Best wishes with your lucky bamboo.

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