Lucky Bamboo thrive best in soil, but most people keep them in water for both convenience and aesthetic reasons. Read on to find out how you can care for your Lucky Bamboo in water.
Tips for Water Bamboo Care
Growing Lucky Bamboo in water is the most popular choice for small bamboo plants’ owners, as it requires less effort to set up and is less messy than soil-grown bamboo. Water Bamboo tend to grow thinner as it grown larger, and therefore it is advisable to keep your water bamboo small. While these water bamboos can survive rather easily in water, help them to thrive better by applying these simple care tips below.
Place your Bamboo House Plant in a ventilated area and with partial shade
Place your lucky bamboo in a ventilated location with partial shade. Lucky bamboo turn yellows easily when exposed to strong sun light. The best time to expose these small bamboo plants to sunlight is before 10 am in the morning and after 4pm in the afternoon.
While these water bamboo can survive in low temperature, they thrive best from 20 to 28 Degree Celsius. Good ventilation helps the plant to grow better, but avoid placing the plant directly under cold wind (such as air-condition or fans), as this will hinder its growth.
Monitor Water Condition and Change Infrequently
Change the water every 10 days until the roots start to grow. When changing water, avoid removing the plant from its bottle entirely as this may damage the newly grown roots. Once the roots have grown, minimize changing of water, and change the water only if the water turns dirty or there are sign of insect breeding. It is always advisable to place your small bamboo plants in a transparent bottle or vase, so that you can monitor the condition of water.
Another simple tip is to shake the water for 20 to 30 times in a capped bottle before giving it to the plant. This will increase the oxygen level within the water and allow the plant to grow better.
Trimming your Small Bamboo Plants
Trim and remove any rotten roots regularly. When noticed any rotten roots, trimmed those away and change the water to prevent further infection to other roots. Trimming withered stems or yellowed leaves also helps to reduce burden of the plant.
Avoid trimming the roots unnecessarily. Overcrowding roots actually signifies a thriving lucky bamboo. Trim the excess length of your water bamboo to contain its size if you intend to keep it small. Otherwise, transfer the plant to a bigger container. Do note Water Bamboo tend to become thinner as it grown bigger.
Use Lucky Bamboo Fertilizer
Ensure your small bamboo plants have sufficient nutrients. Plant nutrient solution promotes growth by supplementing essential nutrients to the plants. Avoid however, giving the plant too much Plant nutrient solution as this may cause the roots to rot. The general guideline is to add 1ml of solution every 2 weeks for each lucky bamboo you have in the bottle or vase.
Water bamboo typically suffers from iron deficiency. One simple way to overcome this is to add 1 or 2 rusty nails into the water. The below picture shows the difference between the same batch of lucky bamboos after 20 days, with and without given the rusty nails. The bamboos in the right photo are given rusty iron nails in the water and grew much better.
Check out our Buyer Guide next to start your Water Bamboo plant!