Lucky Bamboo

Lucky Bamboo

Check out our Lucky Bamboo guide published on wikiHow.

The Lucky Bamboo has been a staple in homes and in the practice of Feng Shui for years. This plant is native to Southeast Asia and has been used in Feng Shui for over 5,000 years. It represents good luck, prosperity, and happiness, making it a very good gift for a loved one or yourself. The Lucky Bamboo is surprisingly not bamboo, it is within the Dracaena genus. This plant is easy to care for and will be happy growing in water or soil. 


Being in the Dracaena family, the Lucky Bamboo will do just fine in low to medium light. Indirect sunlight is best as too much sun will cause the stocks to yellow and the leaves to scorch. 


When growing Lucky Bamboo in water, replace the water once a week to keep the plant happy and thriving. If grown in soil, make sure to let the soil dry out about 50%. Do not keep it too moist or let the soil dry completely. 

Humidity & Temperature

Moderate humidity is okay for the Lucky Bamboo. Dracaena do not necessarily need so much humidity. Lucky Bamboo thrive in temperatures anywhere from 65-95 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep away from cold drafts in the winter time. 


As stated before, the Lucky Bamboo can grow in soil or water. If growing in water, make sure the water has very little to no chlorine. Leave tap water sitting out the night before to ensure no bad chemicals are in there that will harm the plant. 

If the Lucky Bamboo is being grown in soil, any well-draining potting soil will work. We recommend Fox Farm Ocean Forest potting soil with extra perlite to ensure proper drainage. 


Lucky Bamboo will appreciate one pump of liquid fertilizer during the growing season. If being grown in soil, fertilizing once a month will be beneficial. Too much fertilizer can cause yellowing so be sure to fertilize the correct amount that is shown on the bottle you are using. 


  • Pet friendly?

No, the Lucky Bamboo is toxic. It won’t cause great harm but try to keep away from pets and young children.

  • How long does the Lucky Bamboo live?

When in water, Bamboo can live about 1-2 years. If it is in soil, it can live for several years. It is suggested to transplant after a year or two to longer the lifespan.

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