Easy to cultivate and not very bulky, the lucky bamboo is a decorative and depolluting “green plant” often offered as a gift as a good luck charm. In addition to these qualities, this shrub can multiply easily.
You may wonder how to make it grow more branches, the obvious answer is to add fertilizer, but the secret is especially good maintenance.
We are going to explain you how to maintain your lucky bamboo from A to Z so that it has a maximum of growing branches.
How to make your lucky bamboo grow more branches?
There is no real secret, a lucky bamboo that has a lot of branches is in fact a lucky bamboo that is in good health, so you must focus on good maintenance, don’t believe other websites that tend to sell you “miracle” products, which usually don’t even work.
We explain below how to maintain your lucky bamboo so that it has a maximum of branches.
How to accelerate the growth of a lucky bamboo?
Lucky bamboos are fast growing and very resistant to drought and frost. Growth is slow at first, while the rhizomes take root in the soil, and accelerates after 2 or 3 years. You can speed up the growth of bamboo by giving it lawn fertilizer regularly.
How to maintain a lucky bamboo so that it has a maximum of branches?
How to plant a lucky bamboo?
To plant a lucky bamboo correctly, first take the stem, then wash it with its roots. Look carefully for any damaged parts of the plant, and if you find signs of deterioration, cut off the affected parts and remove the yellow leaves as well.
Fill the container where you want to grow the plant with stones at least 5 centimeters deep. You can use any container, be it a nice vase, a glass, a carafe or a decorative bottle.
Place the stem in the container and secure it with the stones. Add distilled water at room temperature (about 1 inch deep). You can plant several stems together in the same container, if you wish.
If instead of using distilled water you prefer to use tap water, it is important to wait at least 24 hours before the water comes in contact with the stems. This way, the chlorine, fluoride and other minerals that can eventually damage the bamboo disappear.
Choosing the right pot for your lucky bamboo
Clear glass containers are popular because they allow you to see the stones and fresh water. However, direct light promotes the growth of algae in the water, so if you choose such a container, be very careful and change the water regularly.
On the other hand, if you prefer to change the water less frequently, choose a colored pot instead. The disadvantage of this type of pot is that you won’t be able to see the stones or control the quality and quantity of the water as easily.
You can plant lucky bamboo in an earthen pot, but you will need a good drainage system to keep it healthy. Use a mixture of sand, peat and soil (in equal amounts) and keep the soil moist.
You should plant the stem at least 2 inches deep. Make sure you have a few drainage holes in your pot and some ceramic pieces and stones in the soil to ensure good drainage. To prevent the root from rotting, we recommend that you leave the top part dry between waterings.
Exposure of the lucky bamboo
It is imperative to keep this exotic green plant in a room where the temperature will not go below 57°F. Place, if possible, your plant in a place with a good luminosity, but without direct sunlight.
Remember to regularly remove the dust that settles on the leaves, either with a damp sponge or by drenching.
You can install it not far from a not too hot radiator. But avoid a location in a cold draught.
In summer and in a dry atmosphere, spray the leaves regularly.
For a hydroculture, change the water about once a week to avoid a rotting of the roots. Add liquid nitrogen fertilizer once a month.
For a culture in pot, a contribution of water twice a week will be sufficient and a contribution of nitrogenous fertilizer for green plants in spring also.
Maintenance of lucky bamboo
Remove the wilted leaves as you go along.
When it is in water, change the water regularly, about once or twice a month. This allows you to give it organic matter when the water is dirty and exhausted.
Apart from these few gestures and a possible contribution of fertilizer for green plants, the maintenance of the lucky bamboo is rather simple.
How to bend the bamboo?
This plant grows vertically and growing it in a curved fashion requires a lot of patience and skill.
The plant naturally grows towards the light. So the trick is to expose the plant to light from one direction only. Keep the plant in the container you used and select a box large enough to cover the plant and give it some room to grow. Cut out the bottom and one side of the box, then place the box over the plant. This way, the bamboo will not be exposed to light, except for the side of the box you cut out.
This side should face the light, after a while the plant will grow in this direction (and start to bend). As soon as your plant starts to curve, turn the box 1 inch and the plant will adapt and grow even more steeply.
Getting a bamboo plant into a curved shape can take up to a year or more, which is why curved bamboos are so expensive.