Does Lucky Bamboo Need Fertilizer

Lucky bamboo can thrive for a long time in pure water and doesn’t require much fertilizer. Don’t fertilize lucky bamboo for a few weeks after you bring it indoors to avoid overfertilizing it. In fact, as soon as you get it home, replace the water if your lucky bamboo starts to turn yellow. Lucky bamboo’s yellow leaves are a sign of overfertilization. When your fortunate bamboo has received excessive fertilization, replace the water and stop fertilizing for a while.

Fertilize your lucky bamboo in water every few months (you can go longer). You can use some soiled aquarium water (if you have any) or water-soluble houseplant fertilizer that has been diluted (to a tenth of its usual strength). When you change the water is the ideal time to fertilize.

With regard to soil, you can use the same fertilizer as before, but you must fertilize once a month. Just substitute the diluted water-soluble fertilizer for one of your normal water cycles.

What kind of fertilizer works best for lucky bamboo?

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Organic manure or compost is the best fertilizer you can offer your lucky bamboo. Make careful to give your lucky bamboo liquid fertilizers that are water-soluble if it grows in a water-based substrate.

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Lucky bamboos like that extra touch of affection in addition to minimum plant food. You can get the lucky bamboos of your dreams by combining the right amount of fertilization with ideal growing conditions.

Let’s delve a little deeper into the kind of fertilizers best suited for your fortunate bamboo plant.

How is lucky bamboo fed?

The Lucky Bamboo (Draceana sanderiana), according to Feng Shui, is thought to bring prosperity and luck. One of those lovely, adaptable plants, it may be grown in a vase of water or in soil, and the stems are frequently shaped into ornaments, making it the ideal addition to your home or workplace.

How many stalks you have or are given determines a large portion of your luck with the bamboo. Three bamboo stalks bring you three kinds of luck: happiness (Fu), long life (Soh), and wealth. Two bamboo stalks are a symbol of love (Lu). Four-stalk bamboo is never utilized, though, as the number four in Chinese attracts bad energy (sha).

Lucky Bamboo like to grow in filtered, bright light. Lack of light can encourage weak, lanky growth and faded foliage, and direct sunshine can sear the leaves. Keep plants away from vents for the HVAC system.

Growing Lucky Bamboo in water

Lucky Bamboo can grow in a vase or other container filled with water and supported by pebbles. To keep the bamboo erect, make sure the vase or container is long and thin enough. Keep the roots submerged in water and top off as necessary.

To establish roots, Lucky Bamboo needs at least 10 cm of water, however the vase or container just has to be 3/4 full with water. Every two weeks, the water needs to be thoroughly replaced. If at all possible, use rainwater, distilled water, or leave tap water out for 24 hours to let the chlorine in it evaporate as Lucky Bamboo can be sensitive to chlorine and other chemicals sometimes found in tap water.

Healthy Lucky Bamboo in Water

Lucky Although bamboo can grow effectively with little fertilizer, the correct food given in the right quantities can have a significant impact. When you change the water is the ideal moment to feed plants grown in water. Simply mix 1 litre of water with 2 mL of PowerFeed every 4 weeks.

Growing Lucky Bamboo in Soil

In the pot, bamboo stalks should be spaced apart by about 10 cm. This is to make sure that each stalk has enough room for its roots to grow. Additionally crucial is drainage. Soil-grown plants prefer a moderate amount of water. Allow the top of the soil to dry out between waterings since they dislike being over or underwatered. Giving the soil too much water will wash away vital nutrients, and not enough water can cause them to dry out too much.

Lucky bamboo can withstand temperatures as low as 5 degrees during the winter in colder locations across Australia, but they will wither if the temperature remains that low for an extended period of time. As a matter of fact, Lucky Bamboo will only grow well in temperatures between 20 and 30 degrees, so bring Lucky Bamboo indoors where it is warmer than 10 degrees so they can continue to flourish.

Healthy Lucky Bamboo in Soil

Simply combine 2 mL of PowerFeed with 1 liter of water and spray the mixture over soil-grown plants every 4 weeks.

PowerFeed is a liquid fertilizer and soil conditioner with an organic base that encourages brisk, robust development. Additionally, it contains liquid composts, which support healthy soil structure, encourage beneficial soil microbial activity, and raise nutrient availability.

Can lucky bamboo be treated with Miracle Grow?

The ideal food for lucky bamboo plants is to use a highly diluted solution of plant food, as the majority of local water offers no nutrients. For lucky bamboo, our Super Green fertilizer is already mixed. Lucky bamboo doesn’t rely on soil to dilute the acids and salts in fertilizer, therefore if the solution is too potent, the roots can quickly burn. (Miracle-Gro diluted is too potent.)

What nutrients are required by fortunate bamboo?

Nitrogen is the main nutrient required by fortunate bamboo. It can get nitrogen from the water, which allows it to thrive for a long time in plain water. You should change the water at least once every two weeks, and each time you do, you should add new nitrogen. More can be obtained by repeatedly pouring water into the container before refilling it.

Why is my lucky bamboo not green?

Check out these lucky bamboo plant care suggestions to prolong the life of your plant as much as possible:

  • 1. Wash the developing vessel. To stop algae growth, wash the container every few months and give it fresh water once a week.
  • 2. Provide ample light for it. Due to its tolerance for mild shade and indirect sunshine, lucky bamboo is a fantastic indoor plant. However, intense light will cause your bamboo to expand in size. This doesn’t imply that you should place your plant in full sunlight, but it does imply that maintaining it in a bright setting can lengthen its life.
  • 3. Use a water filter. Both soil and water can be used to grow lucky bamboo. Filtered or distilled water is your best bet for keeping the roots of your bamboo plant moist and strong if you’re growing it in water. Chemicals in tap water have the potential to burn the plant’s stalks. If you need to water your plant, always use clean water.
  • 4. Select the appropriate container. A fortunate bamboo plant typically arrives in its own container when you purchase or receive one, frequently atop pebbles or pearls. You might need to move your bamboo into a new container if it outgrows the one it was originally planted in. Dig up the bamboo plant gently, then transfer it to a new pot after washing the pebbles. Add the bamboo plant, making sure the roots are entirely hidden by the pebbles by carefully re-burying them there. Don’t let the water level go so high that it wets the bamboo stalks; just enough to cover the roots.
  • 5. Have effective drainage. Make sure the container has sufficient drainage if your lucky bamboo is growing in soil. Lucky bamboo enjoys moist soil, however too much watering can hinder the growth of the plant. When the top inch of the soil is dry, water the area.

How frequently should bamboo be fertilized?

Most gardeners will feed their bamboo twice a year for the best benefits. The initial feeding takes place at the start of spring to encourage new growth. The second feeding need to occur in the midst of the summer, at the height of the second growth spurt or throughout the growing season.

You’ll typically have two growing seasons or two waves of shoots in North American climes. During those two times, you want to fertilize the plants. You can get fresh shoots growing up in the fall in more temperate climates like Florida and southern California, where it doesn’t freeze. Around September, you might want to feed the bamboo in these areas a third time.

If you want a lot of robust shoots and a lot of lush greenery, two or three feedings per year will be optimal. However, even a small amount of fertilizer applied to the bamboo once a year in the spring is preferable than none at all.

Expected height/culm diameter

Smaller culm diameter and restricted height result from limited root space. Typically, the projected height ranges from half to three quarters of the maximum height. For instance, Black Bamboo, a running bamboo, can reach heights of over 30 feet when cultivated outdoors but frequently only reaches heights of 15 feet indoors. In a planter, clumping bamboo frequently grows to a height of 10 feet as opposed to 12 to 15 feet in the ground.


In comparison to bamboo cultivated in the ground, bamboo planted in containers is less hardy. Container bamboos, particularly those that are not accustomed to the scorching sun and chilly winters, need to be planted with additional caution because they could be harmed by an overheated or frozen pot. When cultivated in a container, bamboo that is hardy to 0 degrees F may have cold damage at 10 degrees F. Your bamboo will be more hardy in a larger container.


When the dirt on top of your containers appears dry, we advise watering them until water drains out of the drainage holes at the bottom. Always keep an eye out for dryness symptoms in your plants, such as curled leaves. When it’s extremely hot outside, we frequently water our bamboo every day; otherwise, we water it two to three times each week in the summer or during protracted dry spells. The amount of water needed per session typically ranges from 1 to 2 gallons, but if the container is larger or the bamboo is root-bound, the requirement rises.


The best potting soil for bamboo is neutral to slightly acidic, well-draining, but moisture-retentive.

With a high nitrogen grass fertilizer, such as 20-5-10 (NPK) with additional iron, we advise fertilizing three times during the growing season (spring to summer). For blending with the potting soil, we also provide an 8-2-2 organic bamboo fertilizer (this is a special combination we created at Bamboo Garden). Always adhere to the recommended amount and frequency of application as stated on the packaging.


Every five to ten years, depending on the size of the container, you should repot or divide the bamboo to ensure its optimum health and vigor. Bamboo can thrive in our Sugi Bamboo Planters for up to ten years. Root-bound bamboo can destroy its container or even escape if it is not maintained. The optimal time to repot or divide plants is in the spring. Cutting the bamboo root mass in half and re-potting the divisions into different containers are the two steps involved in dividing. At this point, smaller divisions can also be established. The ability to detach the bottom of our Sugi Bamboo Planters allows the bamboo to be pushed out from underneath, which is a huge benefit for ease of transplanting.


Because of its trapezoidal design and Bamboo Barrier lining, our Sugi Bamboo Planter provides good insulation from heat and cold and is simple to maintain. We advise insulating the interior of metal stock tanks used for bamboo with Bamboo Barrier. To ensure proper drainage, metal stock should have additional drain holes (1/2 diameter and 2 per square foot). To prevent eventual drainage holes being blocked or the container degrading, we advise setting any container on masonry footings.

Bamboo Barrier

Rhizomes of bamboo can cling to permeable materials like clay or wood. Therefore, to make it easier to remove your bamboo and lengthen the life of the planter, we advise enclosing any container with a bamboo barrier. Additional insulation from heat and cold is also provided by bamboo barriers.

How is fertilizer for lucky bamboo made?

Organic compost is a great and natural fertilizer that bamboo plants respond to very well. Natural fertilizers are simple to apply. Simply cover the soil surrounding the shoots with some compost or well-aged manure.

How can I encourage my lucky bamboo to sprout new branches?


The tall Lucky Bamboo plants I have are numerous. Most have only one sprouting limb. How can I get these plants to produce additional branches? I’m grateful. Harry Grow, a chef

Plant Expert for the Flower Shop Network: Lucky bamboo only produces a single stalk by nature. However, by removing the top, you may turn any bamboo stalk into a branch. The fortunate bamboo stalk will sprout two new branches on the side of the stalk immediately below the cut if you top it. The top can then be rooted to create a new stalk. To learn how to root the top, see the blog post Turn Your Lucky Bamboo Top Into A New Plant.

Should I trim the bamboo’s yellow leaves?

The most frequent causes of yellowing leaves are either too much sunlight, too much salt, or tap water that has been extensively fluoridated. It is recommended to use filtered water and keep the bamboo out of direct sunshine. Moving the setup to a different position will solve the problem, and it works just well with fluorescent lighting. The tops of the shoots shouldn’t be watered, and you should change the water more frequently. Green food can also be used to encourage a plant to turn its deepest shade of green, and it works best when bamboo is just beginning to turn pale.

However, occasionally, it is typical for some of the leaves to turn yellow as the bamboo naturally ages. Simply remove the undesirable leaves by peeling or pruning them to encourage the growth of new ones. Due to the risk of spreading rot to other sections of the bamboo, do not leave yellowing leaves on until they are brown or black.

Can bamboo change back from yellow to green?

Is there a method to restore the thick stem of my lucky bamboo if it has become yellow? The plant is approximately 2 1/2 feet tall. I’m grateful. Patsy

Plant guru response:

A lucky bamboo stem won’t revert back to green once it turns yellow. You can leave it alone if the stalk is holding strong. However, I often take the green, healthy stalks out of the container and discard the yellowing stalks. The yellow stalk can produce new ones if it still contains green sections. The procedure for growing fortunate bamboo is described in our blog post We are not always lucky with lucky bamboo.