Over the last few decades, lucky bamboo has widely spread all across the globe because of its easy-to-care nature. In traditional Chinese regions, lucky bamboos are gifted to people as a token of luck.
Although it’s not confirmed whether it really brings luck or not, it is scientifically proven that lucky bamboo is a great air purifier.
If you’ve been gifted or have purchased a lucky bamboo but know nothing about it, don’t worry. We’ve some practical care tips for you.
In this guide, we’ll explain everything related to lucky bamboo care, such as watering, sunlight, fertilization, pest control, and reporting.
Care Tips For A Lucky Bamboo Plant In Rocks
Every year, millions of lucky bamboo plants are imported and resold as ornamental indoor plants worldwide. Although lucky bamboo is widely known as bamboo, it is actually not even related to any family of bamboo.
Lucky bamboo is of different taxonomic order from the actual bamboo. Lucky bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana) belongs to the family Liliaceae and is famous for encouraging good luck. The reason why lucky bamboo is called bamboo is its physical structure similar to real bamboo.
Taking care of lucky bamboo in a container filled with rocks is somewhat simpler than people think. If you are growing your lucky bamboo plant in rocks or pebbles, make sure you follow these simple care tips.
A lucky bamboo plant does not really require regular watering as it does a fine job with less water. When watering lucky bamboo plants in a container filled with rocks or pebbles, instead of covering the whole plant, only cover the roots.
The rocks provide lucky bamboo with a well-drained pot and evenly distribute the water among the roots.
Be careful and not to let algae form on the surface of the rocks in the container. Change your water every week or after 10 days. During the winter, change the water every 15 to 10 days. While in the summer, change the water every week or after 10 days at max.
If you’re using tap water, make sure your tap water doesn’t contain a high amount of chlorine and fluorine. Both these minerals in the tap water can damage your healthy-looking lucky bamboo plant.
Chlorine and fluorine get accumulated on the rocks in the pot or container. Both chemicals that are poisonous to lucky bamboo can kill your plant. Therefore, it is highly recommended not to use tap water for lucky bamboo growing in the rocks and water.
It is always better and safe to use distilled or filtered water for a lucky bamboo plant growing in rocks.
Being a true indoor plant, lucky bamboo is super sensitive to full bright sunlight. If placed under direct bright sunlight for a more extended period, the plant can get burned or scorchy leaves.
Lucky bamboo plants don’t require direct bright sunlight for proper functioning and growth. They grow and work well under indirect sunlight. Place your pot in a spot where it can have three to four hours of indirect sunlight.
During the winter, place your lucky bamboo either next to the window or balcony where it can get indirect sunlight.
In the freezing weather, the tissues of lucky bamboo can freeze. Therefore, it is recommended to place it in a spot where it can get some light.
You can place it next to a bulb or window where some sunlight is available.
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Lucky bamboo plants thrive best at high humidity. You don’t have to worry about providing your lucky bamboo with high humidity, as rocks will do the job for you.
The rocks and water in the pot will create a perfect humidity level around your lucky bamboo plant.
As lucky bamboo is an easy-to-care indoor plant, fertilizing lucky bamboo plants is relatively simple as well. You are not required to fertilize lucky bamboo plants every week or even month.
The minerals available in the water and rocks are enough for your lucky bamboo to survive for a longer period. Fertilize your lucky bamboo after every 8 to 10 weeks or at least thrice a year.
Too much fertilizing can dramatically damage your lucky bamboo plant. Therefore, be careful of over-fertilizing your bamboo plant.
To fertilize the lucky bamboo, it is preferable to use a water-soluble houseplant fertilizer. But again, remember that the lucky bamboo is highly sensitive to over-fertilization.
Only use the one-tenth amount of water-soluble fertilization you are using. That much is enough to keep your lucky bamboo plant evergreen and lush in the rocks.
You can also eradicate or remove Mealybugs with either your hands or any rubbing alcohol. Both will do the job. Take out the rocks of your pot and thoroughly clean them with any rubbing alcohol or dishwashing soap.
Once you see that your lucky bamboo plant has overgrown and needs a change, replace the pot. The lucky bamboo needs 1inch of free space all around it for air to reach the roots in the rocks.
To re-pot, first, find a larger pot. After finding a larger pot, remove the lucky bamboo from its current pot. Gently remove all the rocks away from the roots. Thoroughly check the roots and stalks to see whether there are any yellow ones or not.
If you see yellow roots or stalks, immediately remove or separate them from other stalks. The yellow color may be the indication that the stem is about to die.
After removing the dying or Yellow stalks, gently separate the roots from the rocks. Wash the rocks thoroughly to remove any potential diseases or viruses. Fill the new pot with freshly washed rocks.
Plant your lucky bamboo two inches in the rocks and thoroughly cover the roots. Water the roots and place the lucky bamboo in an open space where indirect sunlight is available.
The right amount of sunlight, water, and fertilization will keep your lucky bamboo plant well in the rocks. The lucky bamboo plants are low light tolerant plants and get easily burnt under the direct bright sunlight.
The rocks create a well-drained pot and a perfect high humidity level around the lucky bamboo plant. Therefore, you don’t have to do much for the lucky bamboo. Just place it where it is not exposed to direct sunlight.