Lucky bamboo is a popular houseplant that people love to give as a housewarming gift. Despite the name, lucky bamboo isn’t really bamboo, and is instead a species of Dracaena. The easiest and fastest way to propagate new plants is by taking a cutting from a healthy stalk. After you remove an offshoot from the main stalk, you remove the leaves and place the offshoot in water until it grows roots of its own. From there, you can continue growing the new lucky bamboo in water, or transplant it to soil to continue growing. Luckily, propagating lucky bamboo is easy and doesn’t take much time.
Water level should be at least a couple of inches. Make sure the roots are covered with water; add water to keep the water level constant.
Lucky bamboo needs moderate temperature. Normal household temperatures are fine. However, placing lucky bamboo next to an air vent or a door can cause problems due to rapid temperature changes.
Lucky bamboo doesn’t require much fertilizer and can survive in pure water for quite a while. When you bring lucky bamboo home don’t fertilize it for a couple of weeks; this will prevent over-fertilization. In fact, if your lucky bamboo turns yellow when you bring it home immediately change the water. Yellow leaves on lucky bamboo are an indicator of over-fertilization. Anytime your lucky bamboo has been over-fertilized, change the water and don’t fertilize for several months.