What Do You Feed Lucky 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.

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.

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.)

Should lucky bamboo be fertilized?

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 provides the best nutrition for bamboo?

Feeding. Bamboos are grasses, therefore they benefit from a high-nitrogen diet. We advise using The Palm Centre Slow Release Bamboo Fertilizer (one application lasts up to 6 months), but you may also use fish blood & bone, lawn feed, or any other garden plant fertilizer—any fertiliser is preferable than none.

Exists nourishment for bamboo plants?

Don’t worry about feeding your bamboo right now; bamboo plants purchased from our nursery have recently been fertilized. However, you might want to add to your soil fertility after around 6 months.

For the convenience of our customers, we offer the chemical fertilizers indicated below; however, any fertilizers with comparable n-p-k quantities will do. For information on how much and how frequently to apply them, refer to the packing directions.

A balanced, delayed release fertilizer, such Osmocote 16-16-16, works well if you are growing bamboo in pots or planter boxes (indoors or outdoors).

Various requirements apply to ground plantings. High nitrogen fertilizers will encourage above-ground growth and green leaves in the spring and summer (March to September) (Turf Supreme 16-6-8, for example). The aim is to promote root and shoot growth during the fall and winter (October to February), which is best achieved with greater p and k. (Apex 6-24-24 for example).

In Asia, composted horse manure—ideally seed-free—is the preferred fertilizer for bamboo and is excellent for ground plantings. Spread it in late fall, about four deep, every other year to give time for nitrogen to be converted and used the following year. For particularly tall growth, two applications may be made each year (early spring and late fall). Additional chemical fertilizers are not essential during the years when manure is used. If you have access to other manures, use them, but stay away from those high in nitrogen, such chicken and steer manure.

The following are instructions for the fertilizers we sell:

Turf Supreme Fertilizer, 16-6-8, is used from March to September. Apply 8 ounces per 8 × 8 area or one cup per 64 square feet once a month.

Apex Fertilizer, 6-24-24, Oct.–Feb. Apply every six weeks, using two cups per 64 square feet (16 ounces per 8 by 8 space).

Maintain plants in the ground using a high nitrogen fertilizer (such as 16-6-8) twice a year in March and June when they have reached the desired height and density.

Year-round, whether indoors or outside: Fertilizers Apex or Osmocote, 14-14-14 or 16-16-16, with a four- to six-month slow-release. Every four to six months, apply the following amounts:

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.

Is tomato feed ok for feeding bamboo?

maintaining bamboo It requires a lot of water to establish itself, especially when it is first planted, but it dislikes being flooded with water. Additionally, it reacts favorably when fed a general-purpose (not tomato) feed. Here are three suggestions for taking care of bamboo.

The bamboo should be fed when?


  • a springtime meal high in nitrogen (such as a spring lawn feed).
  • Until late August, use a balanced fertilizer throughout the remainder of the growing season.


Bright lighting is beneficial for Lucky Bamboo. Although it won’t grow much, it will survive lower light levels perfectly well. It will burn if you place it in direct, hot sunlight (such as in a window in the south or west).

One of mine currently rests on a north window sill, but when the temperature rises and the summer days approach here in the Arizona desert, I’ll need to move it because the glass becomes warm.

In my dining area, the taller arrangement is on a long table with additional plants. A trio of windows and the east/south exposure provide enough of strong natural light throughout the day. About 9 feet separate it from those windows.

To ensure that it receives light from all sides, you might need to sometimes rotate yours. Whenever I’m changing the water, I frequently do this.


There are some differing viewpoints on this. Some people never change the water, others do it frequently, while yet others do so infrequently. As I change the water every 6 to 8 weeks, I fall into the “every now and then category.”

In both of my arrangements, I make sure the roots are totally submerged in water. Every two to seven days, depending on the temperature, I add a little water as needed.

You must use distilled or filtered water if the water in your tap is hard (high in minerals). Don’t use tap water if your dracaena’s leaves are beginning to develop a lot of tiny brown tips or a buildup of white in the vase or dish because all dracaenas are prone to toppling.

The water in Tucson is naturally hard. I now use purified water for mine, and I’ve already seen a difference. It costs approximately a dollar per gallon and lasts for at least two months.

Container Size

Make sure there is at least one inch of space all the way around your Lucky Bamboo arrangement if it is growing in a low dish or bowl so the roots can stretch out a little.

In that small white bowl, my shorter Lucky Bamboo has been growing for the past six years. The roots are beginning to crowd together, so it will soon require a larger vessel. The dish now needs water added every few days since it dries up so quickly.

The glass vase for the taller spiral stem arrangement is sized appropriately for its height. Just enough water, three, is kept in the vase to ensure that the roots are completely submerged. The stems (canes) in the vase could decay if you maintain the water level high.


One of the fertilizers created especially for Lucky Bamboo that grows in water is Super Green. I’ve started using this food two or three times a year because I now use filtered water that has had all the minerals removed.


Mine has never progressed this far, but anything is possible. Lucky Bamboo, like all dracaenas, is vulnerable to a spider mite infestation, particularly in the fall and/or winter when the heat is turned on.

I decided to write a post on this topic after discovering that my friend’s Lucky Bamboo had spider mites. You may learn more about Lucky Bamboo and Spider Mites by reading this.


Up until last year, I hadn’t pruned or clipped my Lucky Bamboo. I didn’t like the way my spiral arrangement looked because the foliage growth was becoming very spindly. When I lived in Santa Barbara, 7 blocks from the ocean, they were both a lot happier. My Lucky Bamboo plants aren’t prospering in the desert where they are presently since they want heavy humidity!

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.