Lucky Bamboo Plant Care – Growing Tips

Looking for Lucky Bamboo Plant care tips? Your resident plant lady is here to fill you in on everything you need for a healthy, happy bamboo houseplant!

When I was redoing my office I knew I wanted it full of plants. We have a ton of pothos and spider plants and wanted to switch things up a bit!

When I saw this Lucky Bamboo Plant I immediately snatched it up! Since I have never had one of these before I had to do some research on Lucky Bamboo Plant care so I didn’t kill it!

Lucky Bamboo Plant Basics

So what exactly is a Lucky Bamboo? Funny enough, it’s not actually bamboo! It gets the name because the stalks look like the canes of a bamboo plant.

It’s proper name is Dracaena sanderiana or D. braunii. Most of the time Lucky Bamboos will be found in vases of water with pebbles (for support). These plants can grow indefinitely like this.

*Find another type of Dracaena, the Dracaena Lemon Lime here!

If your Lucky Bamboo is in water, be sure to swap out the water every couple of weeks to keep things fresh.

Healthy roots are red so don’t be alarmed if you see that! It just means you’re doing what you’re supposed to be doing.

The leaves are mildly toxic so leave them out of reach of pets or children that may want to taste them!

Lucky Bamboo Plant Care Tips + Tricks

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Lucky for those of you who tend to overwater your plants, it’s pretty impossible to do that with these plants as long as the soil allows for good drainage.

When it comes to watering it, I typically water mine about once a week. As mentioned above, bamboo plants can live in water so if it’s in rock make sure the roots are covered. If it’s in soil ensure that the soil doesn’t get too dry or stay too wet.

If they are living in water don’t let the water come up much higher than the roots!

One thing to keep in mind. Lucky bamboo don’t like chlorine and other chemicals that are often found in tap water. Be sure to use bottled or distilled water or leave a glass of water sitting out for 24 hours to allow the chlorine to evaporate.


Bamboo plants do best in medium, indirect light but they will tolerate low light. I’ve found they do best with more light so if you have the space, try to make sure it’s getting a decent amount of indirect light.

If your plant starts losing color or look like it’s reaching for the light, move it to a spot with a bit more light. They don’t do well in dark places. (Always remember – low light doesn’t mean NO light!)


As mentioned above, lucky bamboo plants can live in water so soil is not always a necessity! If you do use soil, make sure it a well draining soil.

Temperature and Humidity

Lucky bamboo plant prefer warmer temperatures between 65 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

Lucky Bamboo FAQ

Why does my bamboo plant leaves turn yellow?

There are a few different reasons for this – it’s either getting too much sunlight, there’s too much soil or fertilizer, it’s not getting enough water or there’s too much chlorine in the water.
Most plants in general don’t like the chlorine in tap water so the best thing to do is full a bucket with water and leave it out for 24 hours to help neutralize it.

Where can I buy it?

I always recommend starting at your local nursery. If that’s not an option, Home Depot carries them as well as Amazon (I like the seller Costas Farms)!

I hope this helped you learn all about Lucky Bamboo Plant care so you can add one to your home!

As always, thanks for reading and sharing!

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  • Jen

    Jen got her first plant in college from her mom and the rest, as they say, is history! She's owned hundreds of plants over the years and loves learning how to grow each one. She believes everyone needs to own at least one plant in their home and loves sharing her knowledge with others.

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