Scientific name: Dracaena Sanderiana
Originally from Africa, Lucky bamboo is the commercial name of the Dracaena Sanderiana plant, which are grown in water. This plant is considered lucky in Feng Shui, hence given the name of Lucky Bamboo. Always bought in odd numbers for better luck. This plant is easy to look after.
These plants need a moderate intensity of light, 1.5m to 2m away from a window. They do not appreciate direct sun.
Optimum temperature should be between 20C-30C
In a vase, one-third of the stems should be submerged in water. Once water is evaporated for a couple of centimeters top it up to its previous level. Preferably use water left aside for 24 hours to get rid of the florin and chlorine. Change the water and clean the vase only when foul smell occurs.
These plants can be perfectly alright with our non-filtered tap water used at home. An additional supplement of feeding can be a treat. Use feeding specially for hydroponics. Any other feeding should not be used at all.
When foul smell occurs take the bamboos under running water for a couple of minutes to wash out decaying roots and algae.
Remove any bamboos showing yellow leaves or yellow stems, put them in a quarantine, so that no infection spreads.
Never put cut flowers along with the bamboos. Remove any fallen leaves from the water, not to attract bacteria.
Varieties of Lucky Bamboos available in store