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Bamboo House Plant


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Marg17-Feb-04 08:35 AM EST 3a   
doris17-Feb-04 06:44 PM EST 3   
Marg18-Feb-04 08:11 AM EST   
Will Creed18-Feb-04 02:42 PM EST   
Marg23-Feb-04 08:13 AM EST 3a   
doris23-Feb-04 08:41 PM EST 3   
Annette08-Mar-04 05:29 PM EST 6a   
doris08-Mar-04 07:33 PM EST 3   


Subject: Bamboo House Plant
From: Marg
Zone: 3a
Date: 17-Feb-04 08:35 AM EST

I bought one of those Lucky Bamboo Pagodas. The bamboo is so tightly crammed & some are dying as the roots are choking each other out.I was wondering if it would be possible to plant some in a pot with potting soil and treat it as a house plant.Any advice would be most appreciated.Thanks in advance. Marg


Subject: RE: Bamboo House Plant
From: doris
Zone: 3
Date: 17-Feb-04 06:44 PM EST

Hi, Marg. I don't grow Lucky Bamboo, but I know that they are a variety of dracena (like the spike plants that people grow in outdoor containers), so there should be no reason why they can't be grown in regular potting soil. Just be gentle when repotting so you don't damage too many roots, and don't overwater for the first few weeks.


Subject: RE: Bamboo House Plant
From: Marg
Zone:
Date: 18-Feb-04 08:11 AM EST

Hi Doris. Thanks for your reply.I'm going to give it a try & see how well they grow in potting soil.This will be a learning process as I don't know the growing habits of the bamboo as an indoor houseplant.


Subject: RE: Bamboo House Plant
From: Will Creed
Zone:
Date: 18-Feb-04 02:42 PM EST

Marg,

Doris is correct. Your lucky bamboo is really Dracaena sanderiana cuttings that have rooted in water.

They will actually do better over the long run if they are potted in soil. Use the smallest pot that the roots will fit into snugly. Use a peat-based, soilless potting mix. Water it thoroughly until the excess water runs out of the drainage holes. Then don't water again until the top half inch of soil feels dry. Provide lots of bright indirect light; a north or east windowsill is best.

Let me know if you have any questions.


Subject: RE: Bamboo House Plant
From: Marg
Zone: 3a
Date: 23-Feb-04 08:13 AM EST

Just noticed your message Will, thanks for further info for planting bamboo.I had already planted some in potting soil in a small pot. Hopefully they will grow & I've done no harm by planting in soil instead of soilless mix.


Subject: RE: Bamboo House Plant
From: doris
Zone: 3
Date: 23-Feb-04 08:41 PM EST

Not to worry, Marg. The stuff we buy in bags for house plants is commonly called potting soil, but it's really a soilless mix, since it contains peat, perlite, vermiculite, etc.--but no soil. In order to use true soil, you'd have to dig it out of the garden (hard to do this time of year!) or buy a bag of topsoil. You did exactly the right thing, Marg. Enjoy your plant! Hope it truly brings you luck.


Subject: RE: Bamboo House Plant
From: Annette
Zone: 6a
Date: 08-Mar-04 05:29 PM EST

My mom bought some bamboo sticks that were in a bucket with some water at a grocery store. She put them in see through containers with decorative rocks in the bottom and a little water. They sit in a North window and they are doing fine with shoots coming off them. I got 3 off her and I've put them in decorative glass bowls, a little water and some decorative pebbles so you can see the roots. They seem fine??? Should I be putting them in soil like I've been reading. They are just the sticks or shoots, one pole of green which now have leaves sprouting off them.


Subject: RE: Bamboo House Plant
From: doris
Zone: 3
Date: 08-Mar-04 07:33 PM EST

Hi, Annette. As far as I know, there's no reason why you'd HAVE to grow them in soil. Many plants are successfully grown hydroponically (which is what you're doing with our "bamboo"). I would suggest keeping the water fresh by changing it weekly, and feeding the roots with a very, very, very mild concentration of plant food at least a couple of times a month. I have a large vase that houses a betta (Siamese fighting fish)--the vase is topped with a peace lily whose roots are growing in the water. It's doing just fine (no fertilizer except for what the fish provides!)


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