LUCKY BAMBOO THREE LAYER
Dracaena sanderiana is a kind of flowering plant in the family Asparagaceae, native to Central Africa. It was named on the German–English gardener Henry Frederick Conrad Sander. The plant is often marketed as “lucky bamboo”.
This is one of those fascinating and unusual houseplants which is an attention-getter. I’ve gotten questions about Lucky Bamboo and answer them here. My only experience is with growing it in water. I want to share with you what I’ve learned about caring for and growing Lucky Bamboo. Feelin’ lucky? Well then read on.
CARING FOR AND GROWING LUCKY BAMBOO IN WATER
Lucky Bamboo is often billed as a low light houseplant. I’ve found it to do best in low to medium or medium light conditions. Low light is no light. The lower the light, the less growing it’ll do.
Even though it does well in natural light, it’ll burn with too much sun. I accidentally left mine in an east-facing window last July for about an hour (I’m in the Arizona desert) & a little bit of the foliage burned. Keep it out of the hot, direct sun.
If you’re noticing a slimy funk in your Lucky Bamboo’s water, it could be algae.
Algae needs the sun to grow & can build up in glass vases & containers where the light gets through. Keep it out of the sun (especially when the temps. are warmer) & change the water on a regular basis & clean the vase.
Speaking of changing the water, I do it every 2-3 months. I also clean the vase. I had an arrangement of Lucky Bamboo in a shallow dish which dried out a few times when I was travelling.
Bacteria formed on the roots. Stagnant water can get “funky” especially when warm. Lucky Bamboo is also subject to fungus & mould on the roots so changing the water & cleaning the vase as needed will help.
It also grows with pebbles or glass chips in the vase.
It’s commonly sold in arrangements this way because many people like the look. You also need to thoroughly clean the pebbles or glass chips on a regular basis (how often depends on the growing conditions in your home) to prevent bacteria from building upon them.
Brown tips on the leaves with yellowing portions above are most likely due to fluorides & salts in your tap water. Lucky Bamboos are very sensitive to this & for this reason, I’ve switched to using distilled water & have done so for a while. It’s inexpensive (around $.99 for a gallon) & lasts me 6 months or so.
Yellow tips are usually due to age or salts in the water. Small brown tips are due to the dry air in our homes. This is true of many houseplants.
I keep the water level 1-2″ above the roots. The higher up the water level, the higher up the roots will form & grow. The look of roots growing up & down the stalks is 1 I don’t like. I’d avoid keeping a taller vase full of water because the stalks might eventually rot out.