Lucky Bamboo

Dracaena braunii

Sander's Dracaena, Ribbon Dracaena, Curly Bamboo, Chinese Water Bamboo, Friendship Bamboo, Goddess Of Mercy's Plant, Belgian Evergreen, Ribbon Plant

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Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena braunii) 3 by Mokkie (CC BY-SA 3.0)
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Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena braunii) 3 by Mokkie (CC BY-SA 3.0)
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Although the word bamboo occurs in several of this plant's common names, Lucky Bamboo is not a true bamboo. In its native habitat, it can grow up to 1.5 m tall, but as a houseplant, up to 1m. The name "lucky" seems to originate from the traditional Chinese practice, feng shui, which believes the plant brings good fortune into a home or workplace. As such, it is mostly grown and sold commercially for use as an indoor plant, grown either as a potted plant in soil or only in water in a vase. The stems are often twisted or curled when sold for use in a vase. Though they require a fair amount of effort to grow, they make a lovely indoor specimen, particularly in offices.

Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Summer

Harvesting

Generally not harvested

Propagation

Cuttings

Cut the biggest shoots available on a stalk, remove the lower leaves. Place the stem cuttings in water for about 3 months to root. Plant into pots with sandy potting soil.

Special features

Indoor plant

If grown in water, only place bottom section of stems in water covering all the root and keep water level constant. Change all the water every week using distilled or rain water.

Pot plant

In soil, make sure drainage is good, but keep soil moist, and mist plant every few days. Place in an area of bright, but indirect sunlight.

Special features

Origin

West Africa, Cameroon

Natural climate

Temperate to tropical

Environment

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Water

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Alkaline, Acid

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Asparagaceae

Flower colour

Green, Insignificant

Scent

None

Problems

Rotting is the most frequent problem, make sure the water you use is free of any chemicals. Remove any rotten stems and destroy. Replace the water with fresh distilled water.