Lucky Bamboo is part of the Dracaena genus and its scientific name is Dracaena sanderiana.
Dracaena sanderiana and related species are popular houseplants, with numerous cultivars sold. It can survive in many indoor conditions, but indirect lighting is best as direct sunlight can cause the leaves to turn yellow and burn.
Although it grows better in soil, it is often sold with the roots in water. The water should be completely changed every two weeks. The water should be bottled water, soft tap water with very little fluoride, or even water from a filtered, established aquarium. It does best in bright, indirect lighting and temperatures from 15 to 25 °C (59 to 77 °F).
Yellow or brown leaf edges may be caused by too much direct light, crowded roots, or fluoridated or chlorinated water, the latter of which can be prevented by leaving tap water exposed to the air for a day before plant use. Salty or softened water can also cause this.
Twisted shapes can be produced by rotating the plant with respect to gravity and directed light sources. This is difficult to achieve for most home users, but not impossible with a lot of spare time and a lot of patience.
Often in large chain pet shops it will be sold as an aquatic plant. While it will live for months like this, it will eventually rot unless the sprouts are allowed to grow above the surface.1
Cameroon is believed to be where Lucky Bamboo originates from.
Lucky Bamboo is known to be toxic to humans and/or animals, so be careful where you position and how you handle this plant.
Lucky Bamboo is great for inexperienced gardeners and those that like low maintainance gardens.
This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Lucky Bamboo have been kindly provided by our members.
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Use as pure water as possible. Lucky Bamboo is particularly sensitive to chlorine and toxins in the water. R.O. water is suggested, as is bottled or purified water.Lucky Bamboo likes a position of indoor lighting / dappled sun and remember to water very often. Zone 8 to 14 are typically the USDA Hardiness Zones that are appropriate for this plant (although this can vary based on your microclimate). Lucky Bamboo requires a sandy, loamy or potting mix soil with a ph of 6.4 - 7.5 - it grows best in weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil. Keep in mind when planting that Lucky Bamboo is thought of as tender, so it is imperative to wait until temperatures are mild before planting out of doors.
Germination is most commonly done through taking cuttings from already established plants:
If planting in soil, make sure soil is not overload with fertilizers first. If planting in soil in a pot, it is recommended that holes are drilled/poked through the side of the pot, as it increases air flow and oxygen to the roots.
These plants have been known to grow well alongside Lucky Bamboo so consider planting:
These plants will not grow well with Lucky Bamboo so avoid planting these within close proximity:
These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Lucky Bamboo plants:
Algae, Mold, Root Rot (particularly in hydroponic settings)
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fn1"Wikipedia Page – Dracaena Sanderiana".http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dracaena_sanderiana
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