Lucky bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana) or lucky bamboo: cultivation and maintenance

The lucky bamboo (dracaena sanderiana), also called lucky bamboo, lucky bamboo, Chinese cane, tape plant or Sander’s dragon tree, has been consolidated in apartments for a few years now due to its sober and elegant, contemporary aesthetic, which never fails to recall the Feng Shui traditions. It would bring positive energy, serenity, happiness (3 stems), health (5 stems), professional success (7 stems), prosperity (8 stems) and harmony in homes, but it is also considered a lucky charm offered for events important as birth, wedding, new year, new job or project, etc.

Lucky bamboo is a branching shrub in its natural environment which is Africa (Cameroon) and not China! This bamboo has nothing to do with bamboos (philostachias) with creeping rhizomes. It fears the cold and can only be grown indoors in France.

The lucky bamboo sold by florists in France is similar to long stems with a spiral top that bears a tuft of evergreen leaves, 15 to 25 cm long, arching, slightly undulating, lanceolate, shiny, green in color. intense or striped with a silvery white, narrowing at the base. . Does not flower in cultivation.

Its spiral top is not natural, moreover, it is not very natural with this plant marketed by the Chinese who surfed the Feng Shui trend in the early 2000s – they intensively cultivate dracaena sanderiana and when the feet reach a certain height, they are stripped, cut and put into the water, molding their shape (spiral, braided…) thanks to the light: a forcing in the light allows it to grow in one direction before turning it to take other address etc

The growth is quite slow but if it has grown too much you can shorten it from below by cutting off the root end, others will appear.

  • Family: Agavaceae
  • Type: indoor plant
  • Origin: Cameroon
  • Colour: bright green
  • Sowing: no
  • Cut: yes
  • Planting: spring
  • flowering: yes
  • Height: up to 1.5 m as a bush

Ideal soil and exposure for lucky bamboo.

The lucky bamboo is placed in a vase containing a bottom of water that allows the end to be submerged to make roots. Good light is necessary but without direct sun or excessive heat.

Date of cutting and planting of lucky bamboo.

The cuttings are made by cutting a piece of stem on which there is a node, this will develop a plume of leaves.

Lucky bamboo can stay in water for several months, but you can also plant it in a pot filled with soil when it has developed a dense network of roots.

Care and cultivation tips for lucky bamboo.

If you plant lucky bamboo in the ground, you will need to keep the soil very moist. If it stays in the water, change the water every week and use non-calcareous water if possible.

Remove wilted leaves.

Diseases, pests and parasites of lucky bamboo.

Lucky bamboo often ends up rotting.

lucky bamboo in vase

Location and favorable association of lucky bamboo.

Lucky bamboo is especially elegant indoors, in a narrow vase with a water bottom. In the ground, it will form a leafy plant like other species of Dracaena.

Dracaena sanderiana on the ground

Recommended species and varieties of Dracaena as a houseplant.

The gender Dracaena has about forty species, including the lucky bamboo (dracaena sanderiana) but also the Madagascar dragon tree (dracaena marginada), often called a decontaminating plant, the canary dragon tree (dracaena drake), the fragrant dragon tree (Dracaena fragrans), the balsamic dragon tree (Dracaena godseffiana) with gnarled stems and foliage with yellow spots, Dracaena deremensis that can reach 3m, Dracaena terminalis with young green leaves that turn bright red as they mature…

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