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Lucky bamboo has been a staple in homes and Feng Shui for years. It’s a symbol of luck and prosperity making it a common gift and the perfect small house plant. Learn more about why this plant is so popular and how you can grow one of your own. Included is information about the plant’s origin, symbolism, and FAQs, as well as lucky bamboo care tips.
Lucky Bamboo Overview
Lucky bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana) is surprisingly not actually bamboo as its scientific name suggests: It’s part of the Dracaena genus. The lucky bamboo plant is from Southeast Asia and is well-known for its use in Feng Shui for over 5,000 years. In these practices, it is said to represent good luck and happiness, making it an ideal and popular gift in business and personal matters. Another factor that makes lucky bamboo so popular is its ability to be trained into shapes like a swirl, heart, braid and other designs. See the sections below for a more in-depth look at the symbolism of lucky bamboo and how to create different bamboo designs.
Lucky bamboo is an easy plant to care for which makes it great for offices and homes alike. It’s happy growing in soil or water but has the longest life when grown in soil. Because it’s a Dracaena, lucky bamboo care is more in line with Dracaena care as opposed to bamboo. If growing in water, it should be replaced every week. If planted in soil, the soil should be kept slightly damp, so don’t overwater or let it get dry. Lucky bamboo does best in indirect light and in the temperature range of 65–95°F (18–35°C). It loves these somewhat tropical conditions and is considered to be in the hardiness zones of 10–11.
Lucky Bamboo Care Tips
It’s fairly simple to learn how to care for lucky bamboo. We’ve included in-depth information on sunlight, water, temperature, toxicity, potting, propagation needs and common pests and problems. Our quick step-by-step bamboo care guide can be seen below:
Carefully remove any packaging and add rocks to your container to act as an anchor.
Place your bamboo in indirect sunlight.
Fill your container with enough water to cover the roots.
Lucky bamboo prefers a temperature range of 65–95°F (18–35°C).
Optional: use a liquid houseplant fertilizer every three to four weeks.
Remove any yellow leaves.
Repot the bamboo as its roots outgrow the container.
Sunlight: Lucky bamboo requires moderate or indirect sunlight. Direct sunlight will scorch the leaves, so avoid placing your plant in front of a bright window. Scorched leaves look like how they sound: The edges of the leaves will have a brown tinge to them almost like they were burned by fire. If your leaves look a little scorched, move your bamboo to an area with less light.
Water: If growing your plant in soil, make sure it’s kept slightly damp. Don’t let the soil get too dry and don’t overwater since that can lead to root rot. Bamboo does not need much water to survive, but it can be grown in water as well. If you choose to grow your bamboo in water, make sure the roots always stay covered with water. Replenish your lucky bamboo with fresh water every seven to 10 days to keep it happy and healthy.
Algae can form in the water, so try to clean out the container and change the water regularly (about once a week). Tap water is okay for the bamboo plant to drink, as long as chlorine levels are low. To be safe, leave tap water out overnight so the chlorine can evaporate before you use it to water your lucky bamboo.
ProTip: If you have high levels of fluoride in your tap water, we recommend using filtered water, such as bottled water. Fluoride will not evaporate and is toxic to plants like lucky bamboo.
Temperatures: Lucky bamboo thrives in temperatures anywhere from 65–95°F (18–35°C), so it makes a great office or house plant. During colder months, be wary about leaving your plant near windows or other places with a cold draft.
Toxicity: Lucky bamboo is toxic for cats and dogs, so make sure to keep it out of reach. If consumed by your fur babies it can cause incoordination, weakness, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, drooling and dilated pupils. Lucky bamboo is not toxic to humans, however.
Pests: Some common pests that affect lucky bamboo include mealybugs, mites and fungal infections. If you notice grey fuzz on your plant it could be a fungal infection, so remove the infected growth, keep the stalk and leaves dry, and increase air circulation. Mealybugs are small white insects that should be removed manually and with rubbing alcohol. Although mites (presented as white webbing or fuzz) don’t typically affect lucky bamboo, they can be caught by other household plants. They need to be eradicated with water and dish detergent — see plant disease treatments for more detail.
Problems: Your lucky bamboo should be green, but if any part of the stem or leaves are yellow, this indicates your plant could be sick. Remove the yellow part of the stem or the leaves completely so it doesn’t spread to the rest of the plant.
Repotting: How do you know when to repot your bamboo? You should repot once the roots become too tight in the container. Once you see the roots crowding, move the bamboo to a larger container. If your plant is growing in just water, simply move it to a new vase. If you’re using rocks, dump them out, place your plant in the new container (or trim back the roots to use the same container) and replace the rocks. If you’re using soil, dampen the soil, flip the plant with your hand on the stalks and soil to remove the plant, and move it to a larger pot.
Propagation: To propagate a lucky bamboo plant, first identify a healthy parent stalk (should have more than two bamboo segments) with an offshoot. Clip the offshoot from where it connects to the parent plant stalk and remove its bottom layer of leaves to create a new independent stalk. Place the new stalk in a small container of water and nurture the plant as you would a larger one. Repot as needed.
How to Twist Lucky Bamboo
Some of the most alluring parts of lucky bamboo are the cool designs that you can create by twisting different stalks together. The key to training lucky bamboo is using light. By manipulating the light source you can create a fun spiral or other design.
How to Make a Lucky Bamboo Spiral
Spirals are one of the most popular lucky bamboo manipulations. Follow the steps below to learn how to create spiral bamboo plants.
Cut one side out of a cardboard box.
Place your plant inside the box.
Set the box so its open side faces a light source (not the top).
Care for your plant as normal until the plant starts leaning towards the light.
Slightly rotate the plant, and it will continue to grow towards the light.
Keep rotating the plant as it leans slightly — if you spin it in the same direction it will eventually become a spiral.
Prune your plant’s leaves as it spirals so it doesn’t become too top-heavy.
How to Braid Lucky Bamboo
Intertwined lucky bamboo is another popular option. Create a gorgeous braided bamboo look by following the instructions below.
Choose a container with three potted stalks (they should be ½ to one inch thick and planted about two inches apart from each other in a triangle or row) or plant your own.
Prune the base of the three stalks.
Braid the stalks by taking the right stalk over the middle stalk and bring the middle stalk to the right. Take the left stalk and cross it over the stalk that’s now in the middle and bring that stalk out to the left of the new middle stalk.
Continue braiding until there are four to five inches left at the top of the stalks.
Wrap a twist tie around the top of the braid (make sure it’s secure but not tight).
Care for your plant normally, then watch it grow and the braid strengthen.
Lucky Bamboo Symbolism
Lucky bamboo is a perfect option if you’re looking for a Feng Shui compatible plant. According to the Chinese practice, lucky bamboo is related to the five elements: Earth (pebbles in the container), wood (the plant itself), water (the water in the container), fire (the red ribbon often tied on the plant) and metal (the metal coin attached to the ribbon). Since the bamboo is hollow it’s said to be a great conductor of Chi energy. This allows wisdom and prosperity to flow through. The amount of stalks also has a big effect on the meaning of a particular lucky bamboo plant. They all have positive meanings except for four-stalk lucky bamboo, which is one you should avoid. See the different meanings below:
One stalk: represents unity and unobstructed flow of energy.
Two stalks: represents good luck in love (a great gift for a partner).
Three stalks: represents continued growth, birth and family.
Four stalks: represents death (avoid this plant, it is also considered a rude gift).
Five stalks: represents wealth, longevity, luck, happiness and prosperity.
Six stalks: represents wealth through opportunity and luck (great for businesses).
Seven stalks: represents health and personal growth.
Eight stalks: represents infinite energy and many blessings.
Nine stalks: represents success and gratitude.
Common Lucky Bamboo Questions
Have a question about your lucky bamboo plant? Check out these frequently asked questions and find your answer. If you don’t see your inquiry, feel free to post it in the comment section below.
Why does a bamboo plant turn yellow?
A bamboo plant can turn yellow for a couple of reasons. These include too much fertilizer, too much chlorine or fluoride in the water, or too much sun.
How do I bring my bamboo plant back to life?
This depends on what your plant care routine is. If you have a yellow bamboo plant, adjust accordingly by stopping fertilization, switching to filtered water or moving your plant to a place with less light. If your lucky bamboo has been infiltrated by pests or fungi, remove the infected area and use a (natural) pesticide, soap or rubbing alcohol depending on the plant’s ailment.
How long do bamboo plants live?
Bamboo grown in water can live about one to two years. For a longer lifespan transfer your bamboo to soil where it can live for several years. It may shed leaves, but as long as you care for it well, it will keep replenishing and growing new leaves.
Can you grow bamboo in water?
Lucky bamboo can grow in water, but for the best results, it should be transferred to soil after it grows solid roots.
How many bamboo stalks are needed for good luck?
Lucky bamboo plants with one to nine stalks are all acceptable for good luck and well wishes (except four stalks which is bad luck and should be avoided).
Is it bad luck to buy your own bamboo plant?
No, lucky bamboo is considered a token of good luck even if you purchase it yourself.
Lucky bamboo is a versatile plant that makes a great gift for anyone, because who doesn’t need some good luck every now and again? It’s a perfect gift for dads who can be notoriously difficult to shop for as well as other guys in your life, including friends, boyfriends, husbands and family members. Use the lucky bamboo plant symbolism listed above to find the perfect amount of stalks for you or a loved one.
Sources: Dracaena | Lucky Bamboo: Braiding | Know Feng Shui
Indoor Plant Care & Growing Guide
Sculptural lucky bamboo plants have eye-catching shapes, swirls, or braided stalks, and are frequently spotted in offices and residences for the purpose of good feng shui. They can also be trained so that stalks grow straight as an arrow and are adorned with smallish, simple floppy green leaves. Though the plant looks like bamboo and grows fast like bamboo (it can grow well over a foot in six months), it's not related to it at all, and it's actually more of a succulent. Be aware that this plant is not lucky for pets because it's toxic to cats and dogs.
Lucky Bamboo and Chinese Traditions
According to Chinese traditions, the significance of lucky bamboo is tied to how many stalks you have. There are different meanings associated with various lucky bamboo arrangements. For example:
- Two stalks represent love.
- Three stalks represent Fu (happiness), Lu (wealth), and Soh (long life).
- Five stalks represent balance, peace, harmony, and power in all areas of your life.
- Six stalks represent good luck and wealth.
- Seven stalks represent good health.
- Eight stalks represent growth.
- Nine stalks represent great luck.
- Ten stalks represent perfection.
- Twenty-one stalks represent a powerful blessing.
You'll rarely find a traditional lucky bamboo arrangement with four stalks. In Chinese culture, the word for "four" is close to the word for "death," so a gift of four bamboo stalks would be considered very rude as if you had wished death on the recipient.
|Common Name||Lucky bamboo, friendship bamboo, ribbon plant|
|Botanical Name||Dracaena sanderiana|
|Plant Type||Perennial shrub|
|Mature Size||1–5 ft. tall, 1–2 ft. wide (indoors)|
|Sun Exposure||Partial shade|
|Soil Type||Water or moist but well-drained soil|
|Bloom Time||Fall, winter (does not bloom indoors)|
|Hardiness Zones||10–11 (USDA), but typically used indoors|
|Toxicity||Toxic to animals|
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Lucky Bamboo Care
Lucky bamboo has a well-earned reputation as being nearly indestructible, which makes this plant ideal for novice gardeners or forgetful waterers. You may want to get the light and water levels just right for your lucky bamboo so it thrives. Lucky bamboo is easy to care for as long as you grow it in good quality water.
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When it comes to light, lucky bamboo prefers bright, filtered sunlight, such as what is found under a rainforest canopy. Avoid direct sunlight as it will scorch the leaves. They are more tolerant of too little light than too much. If the plant begins to stretch, however, or the green fades, provide more light. Rotate your plant often so that the light reaches the entire plant evenly.
Lucky bamboo can be grown in well-drained, rich potting soil. The soil should be kept moist, but not soaked. Additionally, it can thrive well when housed in pebbles or simply a vase filled with water, as long as it has at least an inch of standing water at all times.
Lucky bamboo is very sensitive to chlorine and other chemicals commonly found in tap water. Tap water is fine to use unless you have hard water (containing a lot of minerals). Because of this, it's a good idea to water your lucky bamboo only with bottled or distilled water, or tap water that has been left out for 24 hours to allow the chlorine to evaporate.
If growing in a water vase filled with pebbles, change the water weekly to avoid any diseases and odors. Make sure that the water is always completely covering the roots. Add a bit of water every two to seven days as needed. Completely change the water every two to three months or more frequently if you find the water giving off a foul odor.
Temperature and Humidity
As you may expect, lucky bamboo plants prefer warmer temperatures, ranging between 65 degrees Fahrenheit and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Avoid placing your plant anywhere near a draft (hot or cold), in front of an air conditioner, heating vent, or by a drafty window. Average humidity is fine for your lucky bamboo plant, so don't stress about increasing the levels in your home.
A single drop of liquid fertilizer each month is plenty for most lucky bamboo arrangements. Alternatively, specialty lucky bamboo fertilizers are available.
Plants grown in water will only need to be fed every other month or so using a very weak liquid fertilizer. Healthy lucky bamboo roots are red, so don't be alarmed if you can see red roots floating in a glass vase.
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Despite its complex appearance, lucky bamboo is not pruned and shaped in the same way as bonsai, with plant wire and judicious trimming. Pruning is an important part of keeping your lucky bamboo healthy. Over time, most plants will become top-heavy, or intricate shapes will begin to lose their form but trimming helps keep that under control. In general, it's not a good idea to cut the main stalk of lucky bamboo. Instead, cut the offshoots using sterile snippers. You can trim them back to within an inch or two of the main stem. New shoots will soon emerge, and the resulting plant will be bushier. To discourage new growth, dip the cut end in paraffin.
The shapes of lucky bamboo plants are formed not by trimming, but by rotating the plant stalks in front of a light source, which causes the plant to naturally grow toward the light. Professionals often grow stalks on their sides to create their distinctive spiraling shapes. But at home, this is a laborious process that takes patience and time to get right. It can be accomplished by placing the plants under a three-sided box, then paying close attention to their growth rates, and rotating the plants slowly and regularly.
Propagating Lucky Bamboo
You can propagate lucky bamboo at any time using cuttings to create new plants for yourself or to give to someone as an auspicious gift. But the rooting won't be shaped like the kind of plant you'd purchase. Take these steps to propagate lucky bamboo:
- Use a sterile, sharp cutting shear to take a stem cutting off the main stalk that has at least one leaf joint and trim the leaves to expose the growth nodes.
- Put the bare cutting into a container filled with enough distilled water to completely cover the bottom of the cutting.
- Keep the water clean and fresh as you watch for the development of red roots. Roots should appear in around 30 days.
- When the roots emerge, put the stalk in a decorative vase with water and pebbles or a pot with soil.
Potting and Repotting Lucky Bamboo
A lucky bamboo arrangement in a low dish or bowl should have at least one inch of space between the stalks and the edge of the vessel. This space allows the roots to spread out and support the plant. If your stalks are growing in a large glass vase, be sure the vessel is proportionate to the bamboo's height and can support the stalks. The water level should be just enough to fully submerge the roots but should not rise to meet the stalks.
If your plant has outgrown its vessel, transplanting lucky bamboo is relatively easy. Take these simple steps to repot the plant:
- Start with a clean container that is slightly bigger than the current one.
- If the lucky bamboo is growing in a pot of pebbles, gently dig up a planted lucky bamboo.
- Clean the pebbles with water before placing them in the new container.
- Carefully add the bamboo plant and take care to nestle the roots within the pebbles. You may need to add more pebbles to cover the roots and support the plant.
- If your bamboo is growing in a pot of water without pebbles, simply remove the stalks from the water, place them in a larger container and refill the water to the same level.
Lucky bamboo is susceptible to the same insect problems as other indoor tropical plants. They can be treated manually (picking off bugs) or by the same methods you'd use on any other indoor plant. Watch for mealybugs, aphids, and mites. You can even wash the entire plant in a very mild liquid dish soap and water (rinse thoroughly) to remove bugs, as well as any moldy spots.
Common Problems With Lucky Bamboo
Although lucky bamboo is an easy-going plant, there are a few issues to be on the lookout for as it grows. If your lucky bamboo plant dies, it will not mean you are going to have bad luck, it simply means it didn't receive ideal care or its lifespan has simply ended. The problems with this plant usually have to do with the quality of water used to grow and maintain the plant. Taking care to stay on top of changing the water and using the right quality water may eliminate any of the following problems.
Browning Leaf Tips
Chlorinated water or water with high levels of additives can cause leaf tips to turn brown and possibly kill the plant over time. Remove affected leaves with a sterile, sharp scissor. Remove dead leaves from the water so they do not rot because this may introduce bacteria.
There could be many reasons a plant develops black roots. The best course of action is to use small clean snips to cut the black roots away immediately and return the stalks to a container of new water.
If you notice algae growing in the water, it's usually because the plant is potted in a clear vase, allowing light to penetrate, and encouraging algae growth. Just clean out the vase so it's squeaky clean (use mild liquid dish detergent and water) and start again. You may want to switch to an opaque container if algae is a persistent problem.
Yellow leaves on lucky bamboo usually indicate that the plant is receiving too much sun or too much fertilizer. Cut out the fertilizer and move the plant to a shadier location.
Brown leaves on lucky bamboo usually indicate dry air or polluted water. You can raise the humidity level by spraying the plant regularly. Make sure you're using the appropriate quality of water in the container, as well.
If the stalks themselves begin to rot or turn mushy and black, they are likely beyond saving. It also means the roots are dead or dying. Many reasons contribute to dead stalks, such as poor water quality, a fungus, or bacteria that was growing in the plant when it was received. Decaying stalks threaten any other stalks they are close to, so your best bet is to remove them at once. If you have surviving stalks, you will need to change the water and replace the stones that were in the container.
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Indoor bamboo - care at home. Growing bamboo in water and soil, reproduction. Description. Photo
Indoor bamboo, or sander's dracaena (Dracaena brauniic) is an unpretentious evergreen exotic plant, decorative species of which will perfectly fit into any home or office interior. In room conditions, the plant is able to grow for a long time, the main thing is proper care, in compliance with all recommendations and requirements. Decorative bamboo refers to varieties of dracaena. It can be grown not only in soil, but also in water. It grows both as a single plant and in group compositions. Representatives of the art of Feng Shui consider bamboo a symbol of well-being, happiness and good luck.
Ornamental bamboo consists of a green or yellow-green bare or leafy stem and bright green leaves at its top. Plant care is not difficult. It must be grown in conditions close to its natural environment.
1 Care for indoor bamboo at home
1.1 Location and lighting
1.3 Air humidity
2 Growing bamboo in water
3 Growing bamboo in the ground
3.3 Feeding and fertilizing
4 Propagation of indoor bamboo
4. 1 Propagation of indoor bamboo by cuttings
5 Care, reproduction, pests (video)
Indoor bamboo care at home
Care rules are slightly different depending on where the flower is grown - in soil or in water, but some of them are suitable for both methods of cultivation.
Location and lighting
Bamboo prefers diffused lighting without direct sunlight, which can be achieved with a light translucent curtain on the windowsill on the west or east side of the room. If you take into account the recommendations of the teachings of Feng Shui, then the place of decorative bamboo should be in the southeastern part of the room.
With a lack of light, the plant will lose the leaf part, and its development will slow down. The lack of light will immediately affect the decorative qualities of the indoor flower.
The ideal temperature for growing bamboo is between 18 and 25 degrees, but the plant will withstand the 30-degree mark in the summer season without negative consequences.
The level of air humidity for a flower is not of great importance, but moist care in the form of wiping the leaves from dust is very necessary for the plant. Such water procedures are recommended to be carried out regularly.
Growing bamboo in water
This method of growing decorative bamboo is the most suitable and does not take much time for care. The water in the tank is changed once a week. For an unpretentious plant, this is quite enough to create optimal conditions for development. Such a water base contributes to the rapid and harmonious growth of indoor bamboo. Even at room conditions, exotic bamboo reaches a height of one to two meters. By growing a group of plants in a short time, you can create your own tropical garden.
Without fertilizer, the plant will lose its leaves or the stem will turn yellow. Fertilization is a very important element in the care of indoor bamboo. Top dressing is introduced directly into the water, at the time of its replacement with fresh water. One top dressing in 2-3 months will be enough. Fertilizer is recommended to use mineral, intended for plants of this type.
Several bamboo stalks can be grown in one flower pot. For convenience and decoration, all plants are tied together with a braid of any contrasting color. As a container, you can use not only traditional flower pots or containers, but also glass vases or glasses, and as the bamboo grows, buckets and deep jugs. With a plant height of more than 50-80 centimeters, the growing vessels are placed only on the floor in close proximity to a light source or window.
Water for irrigation and cultivation of ornamental bamboo must be soft. It is advisable to use settled for several days or melted water. This evergreen plant should not be watered with tap and filtered water.
Preparation of defrost water:
- Fill a plastic container with water.
- Place in the freezer for 2 days.
- Defrost and use as directed.
Growing bamboo in the ground
Ornamental bamboo or sander dracaena grows much better in soil than in water. Plants do not like the constant presence of the root part in a humid environment, and water does not linger in the soil for long. Any soil mixture is suitable for growing. You can purchase the most common, designed for most indoor flowers. This method of growing and somewhat simplifies the care of the plant itself. Soil, like water, does not need to be changed every week.
A significant difference in care is regular and timely watering. The soil in the container with the plant should always be slightly moist, it should not be allowed to dry out. If Dracaena Sander was transferred from water to soil, then it is very important to constantly water it and carefully monitor the general condition and development until the bamboo finally takes root in a new place.
Watering during the autumn-winter period should be significantly reduced. It is important to prevent stagnant water in the soil. This can lead to the formation of mold, which is one of the main enemies of decorative bamboo. In order to prevent this disease, it is recommended that when planting, do not forget about the drainage layer and drainage holes in the flower pot.
Top dressing and fertilizers
Bamboo grown in the ground also needs timely top dressing in the form of fertilizers intended for various types of dracaena. They are introduced at intervals of 2-3 months along with irrigation water.
Propagation Methods for Indoor Bamboo
Indoor bamboo can be propagated in several different ways: seeds (in rare cases), cuttings, offspring and top shoots. It will take a lot of time and effort to propagate by offspring and tops. Such methods are considered difficult. Growing bamboo from seeds is even more difficult, and indoors is almost impossible. Sowing seeds, the appearance of seedlings and long-term care for them is a laborious and long process. Therefore, most often flower growers use one method - cuttings. It is considered the most affordable and suitable for this exotic specimen.
Propagation of indoor bamboo from cuttings
It is recommended to propagate indoor bamboo from cuttings in spring. As planting material, young shoots are used, which just at this time appear on a mature plant. They must be carefully separated or cut from the main stem and planted in the ground for rooting.
The soil for germinating the root part is the same as for an adult plant. Bamboo is a fast growing plant. This quality extends not only to its stem, but also to the root system. Therefore, the container for the handle must be selected spacious and medium in height. Even with small cuttings, the pot will very quickly become bamboo in size.
You can simplify the propagation procedure by combining it with the next transplant of a houseplant, which experienced flower growers recommend once a year or every two years. Spring is also a favorable time for transplanting, as is propagation by cuttings. It is very important to pay great attention to the newly transplanted plant and young cuttings, in order to avoid various difficulties and problems with their growth and development in a new place and in a new status.
Basic care consists of regular watering and loosening of the soil. Watering is carried out daily and only with settled irrigation water with a temperature of not less than 22-25 degrees Celsius. A mandatory water procedure is the wet wiping of the leaf part of the plant from dust.
Loosening the soil is also very important for indoor flower development. Young cuttings, or rather their root part, will be able to get the necessary amount of fresh air, which will contribute to better root formation and rooting in new conditions.
Ornamental bamboo or sander dracaena can thrive and develop fully in various conditions. This unpretentious indoor plant does not differ in its external qualities depending on the place of cultivation. It develops equally favorably in both water and soil. With proper care, bamboo will turn an ordinary home or work space into a cozy tropical corner. The rapid growth of this exotic representative is able to create home comfort and a pleasant atmosphere in a short time.
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Indoor bamboo 🎍: home care
The quartblog will tell you how to properly care for homemade bamboo, how to twist it and why the leaves may turn yellow.
Indoor bamboo - an amazing plant that attracts with its bizarre shapes . It is noticeably different from other representatives of the flora: in fact, it is just a stem, from the top of which shoots and leaves grow. With the help of a group of plants, you can create unusual multi-level compositions. Quartblog has fully studied the issue of care, reproduction and transplantation of indoor bamboo, and is ready to share the most up-to-date instructions with readers.
- Indoor bamboo species
- Indoor bamboo care
- Diseases and pests
- Propagation of indoor bamboo
- How to spin bamboo
- Why does bamboo turn yellow
- Signs and superstitions about bamboo
- Photos and ideas for interior placement
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Types of indoor bamboo
Despite the fact that bamboo grows in the tropics, it also feels good in normal conditions of our climate. It is often used to decorate apartments and offices, and although it does not bloom, its discreet appearance attracts with its originality and originality.
Bamboo is generally classified by length. There are three main types: low, medium and high.
Bamboo with a height of less than 1 m is classified as low. More often, they choose the Golden Goddess type, whose leaves are a bit like a fern, and Tsuba, which is decorated with white stripes.
Medium varieties can be grown to a height of 3.5 meters. The most popular are "Mexican Weeping Bamboo" , which stands out for its long narrow leaves, and a variety with an unusual name 'Shiroshima' with fresh white-green foliage.
Tall varieties are rarely seen in the interior, as their normal height reaches 6 meters. Vivid representatives of the group are varieties "Monastic Bamboo" and "Tropical Black Bamboo" .
Dracaena Sander is often erroneously called indoor bamboo. This plant has also received an alternative name - the bamboo of happiness. If you are fond of the teachings of Feng Shui, then you probably know that it is placed on important energy points in order to attract money and good luck to the house. This beautiful plant is often placed in transparent vases filled with water.
Often the compositions are placed in containers filled with pebbles and water. It should be replaced twice a month by adding liquid fertilizer.
Bamboo fans are attracted not only by its beauty - this plant is very easy to care for. It requires little: timely watering and sufficient lighting.
Indoor bamboo care at home
As practice shows, this amazing plant is extremely unpretentious. Take some time to choose the right place and provide the right conditions. Do not forget to water the plants in time (or change the water), you can feed the bamboo from time to time.
When choosing a location for bamboo, choose a location that is bright and out of direct sunlight. The plant needs high-quality lighting, but prolonged and intense exposure to ultraviolet radiation is detrimental to it.
If you are going to put bamboo on the windowsill of hot southern windows, ordinary blinds will help to ensure favorable conditions, with the help of which you can easily regulate the “light day” of the plant.
When the day is getting short and the sun is scarce, illuminate the bamboo with phyto-lamps. Although, as a rule, this is not at all necessary for unpretentious bamboo - it also has enough natural light.
“Homemade” bamboo loves warmth, the optimum temperature for it is +22…+32С. The cold will negatively affect the appearance of the leaves - they will curl and darken quickly. In the cold season, a drop to -15C is permissible. And in summer, you can fearlessly take bamboo out into the fresh air to provide it with air baths.
The main rule is to avoid excessive moisture. When transplanting bamboo into a new container, be sure to take care of drainage to avoid root rot. If the weather is too hot, you can additionally spray the foliage with room water from a spray bottle. As soon as centralized heating is turned on in the room, place the plant further from heat sources, as they, in addition to directional heat, also dry the air a lot.
You can tell if you are watering the plant incorrectly by the yellowing tips. In the cold season, especially in winter, it is worth reducing the number of waterings and their volume. Please note that it is better to use purified and settled water, since the chlorine contained in the water can cause irreparable harm to the plant. Your best bet is to harvest rainwater if you can.
Regular feeding will help improve the condition of the bamboo or stabilize it if there are any problems. If you grow a plant in the soil, you need to make mineral supplements 2 times a month. If you have arranged for bamboo to live in water, feed it once a quarter.
Pests and Diseases
If the purchased plant has not been infested, bamboo diseases rarely appear in the home. But if this did happen, you should pay attention to what exactly your plant wants to “say”: twisting and “softening” of the foliage indicates that the plant needs heat. If bamboo has stopped growing, make sure it gets enough light and nutrients.
If the shoot turns yellow, it can be concluded that the soil is waterlogged. This is very dangerous, as the root of the plant can rot. Reduce the amount of watering, remove the damaged segment.
Rust-type spots on bamboo leaves most often indicate a fungal infection. Expose bamboo to fresh air and treat with fungicides.
Ticks, aphids and other pests are also dangerous. You can fight them with special tools that are sold in gardening stores.
The young plant is transplanted every year, increasing the volume of the container. Adult bamboo is disturbed less often: once every 3 years. It is best to transplant in April or May. Please note that at this time it is not necessary to feed the plant - the first application of the mineral composition should be made no earlier than three weeks later.
Propagation of indoor bamboo
There are three methods of plant propagation at home, each with its own specifics.
This method is considered to be labor intensive and least effective. Most often, it is used only by professional gardeners who work on breeding rare varieties.
Soak the bamboo seeds in moistened gauze until they germinate. Seeds on which sprouts have appeared should be transplanted into a container with a pre-prepared substrate and drainage.
Create something like a greenhouse: equip a cover that will create a microclimate with high levels of heat and humidity. Ventilate your greenhouse once a day, spray seedlings once a day. When the plant reaches a height of 5 cm, the best ones are selected and transplanted into separate containers. Please note that one container is needed for one seedling, do not try to save space.
When transplanting, you can kill two birds with one stone: improve the conditions for an existing plant and get some new ones. Cuttings are separated and planted in the soil. Water them generously at first, then reduce watering and protect seedlings from excessive light. As with seeds, you can create a small greenhouse.
If you are a beginner gardener, this method will work without problems. You can cut the rhizome (before doing this, make sure that it has shoots or buds). From one such material, you can get new young bamboo plants.
How to twist indoor bamboo
Surely you have noticed how original the curved bamboo trunk looks against the background of its "straight" counterparts. You can achieve this result at home.
First way . The young stalk is planted in a container, which is completely covered with a box with a hole made. The young sprout will reach for the light, and you just have to turn the box in time to change direction. Get ready for the fact that it will not be soon - in one year it will be possible to make one turn.
The second way is to curl the bamboo around the support using wire.
Why indoor bamboo turns yellow
Yellowing of bamboo can be caused by various reasons. The most common ones are:
- direct sunlight
- too hard or salty water
- bendable (in this case remove all yellow leaves)
- too much fertilizer or top dressing
Signs and superstitions about bamboo
It has long been believed that bamboo brings prosperity to the house. His aura contributes to the harmony of all spheres of life, improving its quality, increasing prosperity.
At the same time, bamboo increases the inner and physical strength of the owners of the house where it is located. This plant is able to give happiness, health, longevity.
Many people believe that this plant is able to fulfill wishes, even the most cherished ones. Such superstitions say that wishes will come true as fast as bamboo grows.
However, we all of the editors urge not to rely entirely on bamboo, but to try to make your life more interesting and harmonious on your own.
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