Lucky Bamboo 7 Stalk Curly – Small – (Indoor)
Lucky Bamboo is an attractive plant that is very easy to grow. Technically, Lucky Bamboo is not a Bonsai but it is easy to maintain the plant. It is a tropical indoor plant that can adapt easily to indoor conditions. It will take some months for this plant to adapt to a new environment. By moving the plant to another environment, the plant can lose more than 20% of its foliage. This is not unusual.
Lucky Bamboo like other Bonsai needs exposure to sunlight. Direct exposure to sunlight is not recommended. It makes sense to place it close to the window where there are minimal rays of sunlight. If you cannot find sunlight indoors, it is advised that you use a grow light. Early morning sunlight is very good for the plant because it is not harsh. Return it to shade in the afternoon. Never leave the plant outdoors because of cool temperature in the night.
Lucky Bamboo requires watering to survive. Proper and thorough watering is germane to maintaining a healthy Lucky Bamboo. It should be watered at least every 2 to 3 days. Do not allow the plant to go dry at any point in time. Using humidity trays can also help the growth of the plant. A humidity tray and decorative stones inside the tray can help to absorb too much water. Your Lucky Bamboo should sit on top of the stones. Humidity trays also help to create humidity around the plant.
Lucky Bamboo needs more watering when placed outdoors. You can use a watering can or a hose with spray nozzle so that there can be a sprinkling-kind of watering. Try to mist the foliage regularly. That should not replace the watering of the plant. General care is also very important. Trim the plant as at when due. Trim it to a small size.
Lucky Bamboo needs to be re-potted at least every 4 to 5 years. It is recommended that the re-potting should be done during late spring or at the beginning of summer. Remember to use the right bonsai soil when repotting the plant. The normal potting soil is not recommended. If you just ordered the plant, you need to wait at least a season before repotting it. Water the plant immediately after repotting.
Lucky Bamboo requires fertilizer to grow properly. It makes sense to apply the fertilizer as recommended. Do not over-do it. Organic fertilizer is best suited for the Lucky Bamboo.
Insects and Diseases
Lucky Bamboo can be attacked at any time by insects and diseases. That is why it is recommended that you keep an eye on it. If you notice any attack, all you need to do is to spray the trunk and foliage of the plant with mild soap water. If there is no positive result, it is advised you take the plant to a treatment center.
What to do if the plant leaves turn yellow
Lucky Bamboo leaves can turn yellow for two reasons
- There is high chlorine in the water. Chlorine is one of the commonest problems of the Bonsai. There is chlorine in most tap water. Chlorine water is not good for the plant.
Use table water for some time. If you cannot afford it, get tap water and leave it for a day to reduce the chlorine level
- Another reason is the exposure to harsh sunlight. If your window curtain remains open while you are out, it is possible that the plant has been exposed to harsh sunlight
Place the plant in another location where there is no sunlight. Your light bulb is enough for it.