How To Grow Spiral Lucky Bamboo

Although less well-known than it was a few years ago, it is a common houseplant that may be found in garden centers, florist shops, Asian grocery stores, and even supermarkets. In essence, it’s a Feng Shui-inspired method of enhancing the appearance of a rather ordinary dracena (Dracaena sanderiana), making it clear that it is not at all a real bamboo. The plant is typically presented with 90% of its leaves torn off, typically in a vase or small tray of stones and water rather than soil (the latter to slow its growth down as much as possible so the original look lasts a long time).

Millions of lucky bamboos are grown in a number of Asian nations (China, Taiwan, Thailand, India, etc.), where they are believed to bring luck. There are numerous farmers of bamboo, but one lucky bamboo farm claims to generate almost 9 million stems annually.

I’ve written a few times about the lucky bamboo. Once a general explanation and maintenance instructions: What is a Lucky Bamboo? and once more in the post Transplanting a Lucky Bamboo on how to free one up and thrive in its soil the way it truly wants to.

However, this plant is frequently created with a braided or spiraling stem. One must ponder how they accomplish that. Read on if so.

Professional Method

A dracaena can be trained to grow at strange angles by exposing it to light from only one direction rather than pruning (well, not directly) or wiring (as in bonsai). Hey! It will obediently, but very slowly, bend towards the direction of the light source because it is a plant and needs light. It’s referred to as positive phototropism.

By merely turning the plant on its side, expert growers can instruct their plants to spiral. As a result of the stem’s new horizontal position, its tip will begin to turn toward the light above, resulting in nearly straight-up new growth. But after a few weeks, the growers slightly rotate the stems in a clockwise direction (or counterclockwise). The plant then gently alters its course in an effort to straighten itself. After that, this is done again, gradually giving the plant a curved stem. Warmth, moderate light, high humidity, and careful fertilization are the optimum conditions to sustain for pretty quick results.

It takes a lot of precision labor, and growers must carefully plan their actions, but they have mastered the technique of getting the stem to create a spiral that can be sold.

Creating Your Own Spiral Bamboo

It’s awkward to grow a plant on its side indoors. When a pot is on its side, it is nearly hard to properly water it, the soil leaks out, and if you want to water a plant that has been straightened up, you have to set it down in precisely the right position. Using the “open-sided box approach,” it is considerably simpler to train a lucky bamboo plant to spiral while it is upright.

Here is the approach that is currently suggested by a number of websites, including ProFlowers. I’ve never done it myself and I don’t intend to because it requires just too much work. Additionally, if you execute it incorrectly, your spiral will be incredibly uneven. (Professional growers always get the timing right; they are experts at it.) And even if you try, getting a decent double spiral at home will take years (literally). However, it seems that some people do give it a shot. If you’re very patient, that is!

How do I get the fortunate bamboo to wilt?

Because their stalks grow in the direction of the light, lucky bamboo plants must be aware of this fact in at least part of their cells in order to thrive. The secret to “curling” a stem is to use light to control its growth pattern until it forms a circle.

How is spiral bamboo cared for?

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 Lucky Bamboo Gets Its Curls

Lucky bamboo grows straight by nature. However, to achieve their final shape, the kinds of spiral, curled, and braided lucky bamboo must be trained. Ideal developing circumstances must be present for this to happen. The sweltering marshes of China and Indonesia are ideal for training fortunate bamboo.

The fortunate bamboo is harvested, and the stalks are then chopped to the proper length. After the stalk has been severed, the bamboo will no longer produce new stalks; only the leaves will do so. The grower then covers the freshly made cut with wax to seal in moisture and protect the plant from illnesses. A rooting hormone, which aids the bamboo in correctly absorbing water and nutrients, is then applied by the farmer to the base of the stalk after the wax has been applied.

The farmer can educate the bamboo to take on different shapes and curls once a robust root system has formed. Natural sunshine is a crucial component. The stalks will bend themselves to reach a single light source according to their growth pattern. The farmer will watch how the lucky bamboo develops and rotate it numerous times toward the sun to give it the desired shape.

Years are needed to form fortunate bamboo through training. Farmers of Lucky Bamboo put a lot of time, thought, care, and work into creating the lovely twist of art that we have all come to adore.

Does fortunate bamboo naturally twist?

Instead of trimming, rotating the plant stalks in front of a light source enables the plant to organically grow toward the light, giving lucky bamboo plants their distinctive shapes. Professionals frequently develop stalks on their sides to produce their recognizable spiral forms.

Is bamboo spiral good?

By eliminating dangerous chemicals from the air, spiral bamboo plants can assist to enhance the quality of the air. Place as many plants as you want in your living space because they are unquestionably more aesthetically pleasing than an air filter.

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.

Xun, the Wealth Corner

The lucky bamboo is a plant that promotes prosperity and abundance. Place three or nine stalks of fortunate bamboo in the Xun position, or money corner, of your house, office, or bedroom to draw in additional wealth. Standing at the front door of your house or room, identify the far left corner to find the wealth corner. Put your lucky bamboo here with the hope that your finances will continue to develop and expand.

Kun, the Relationships Corner

A peaceful connection between you and your existing or potential spouse can be supported by placing lucky bamboo in the partnerships corner (Kun). Standing at the front door and looking inside, identify the far right corner of your house to find the relationships area.

Standing at your bedroom door, locate the far right corner of the space to identify the relational area of the space. In this spot, put a vase of water with two lucky bamboo stalks in it—one for each spouse and one for you. The two stalks should be around the same size, as this represents a balanced relationship between you and your companion. Set the intention that as you do this, your two lucky bamboo stalks will encourage a healthy relationship and that you two will develop together.

Near the Entry

The wood element, which stands for development, fresh beginnings, and family harmony, is related to lucky bamboo. To attract any of these aspects into your life, try planting a lucky bamboo plant close to the entrance to your house. Your home’s entrance is where energy enters your life, making it a fantastic location to place fortunate bamboo.

On Your Desk

Your desk is said to represent your career, work, and life path in feng shui. A fortunate bamboo plant on your desk might encourage growth and career expansions if you feel that your work needs further development.

How is a spiral plant cared for?

Scrublands, open forests, and dry grasslands are all places where spiral grass naturally flourishes. Although it is a plentiful plant in its natural habitat, Europe and the US are just just becoming aware of it. Most of us will have to use it as a houseplant because it is so sensitive to cold.

The first step in caring for spiral grass is choosing a well-draining potting mix since too much moisture can destroy the bulb and roots. Put the planted bulb in a location that receives the majority of the day’s bright, indirect light.

This plant has particular needs in terms of water. While too little water can hinder the plant’s ability to produce foliage and flowers, too much water will encourage decay. Late in the fall, start giving the plant regular waterings to keep the soil evenly moist but not drenched.

The first curling shoots will start to emerge soon. Use a decent liquid plant food once a month till flowering, diluted by half. Cut off the spent blooming stem once flowering is ended, then keep watering. You can either keep the plant indoors during the summer or relocate it outside when it gets hot. Although they might still have leaves, indoor plants will look worn out. Plants grown outside will lose their leaves and go dormant. The plant will reappear in winter in either case.

How can I get my lucky bamboo to grow more?

There are several various techniques you can use to thicken your current stalks. All of these essentially revolve around giving your lucky bamboo plant the best care possible.

You should be sure to water your lucky bamboo plant frequently, and using mulch is also a good idea.

The lucky bamboo plant will have a better chance of growing robust if it receives adequate irrigation and makes use of mulch.

If you’re taking good care of your lucky bamboo, you should see the stalk gradually becoming thicker. If it’s too thin, you may not be watering it enough or you may want to think about using mulch.

Utilizing lawn fertilizer is an additional choice for thickening your bamboo.

You could think about applying lawn fertilizer along with proper watering techniques to assist your bamboo stem grow stronger over time.

If you follow the instructions carefully, you should eventually be able to obtain a very thick lucky bamboo stalk.

Think about the surroundings where you intend to grow your fortunate bamboo plants.

You should be aware that bamboo plants thrive in humid areas and that dry conditions might be harmful.

If you’re growing bamboo stalks indoors, you may want to think about upping the humidity level to benefit your bamboo plants.

Which fertilizer is ideal for fortunate bamboo?

Lucky bamboos are now a common indoor addition to homes and workplaces. Do you have trouble deciding what to get your friend for a birthday present? Send a lucky bamboo their way.

And just in case, a decent NPK fertilizer as well! I’m sure your friend will appreciate the gesture and the young plant, too!

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.

Here’s something fascinating: did you know that fortunate bamboos were well-liked among Chinese people even 4,000 years ago?

I bet you’re a millionaire if your family owns a traditional lucky bamboo with all the wealth it’s meant to bring!

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 many times can you grow fortunate bamboo?


  • Cut the side sprout from a single, tall stalk of lucky bamboo (should be at least 5 inches tall).
  • To keep the stalks straight, place the cutting in a vase or glass of water with an inch of pebbles.
  • Cut multiple 5″-inch portions from the original stalk that you used for your cuttings so that you can grow more plants.