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Lucky Bamboo

Dracaena Sanderiana

Dracaena Sanderiana “Lucky bamboo” is not actually bamboo, It’s part of the Dracaena genus. The lucky bamboo is said to represent good luck and happiness, making it a popular gift. Another factor that makes lucky bamboo so popular is its ability to be trained into shapes like a swirl, heart, braid and other designs.
Lucky bamboo is an easy plant to care for which makes it great for offices and homes alike. It can be growing in soil or water but has the longest life when grown in soil. Because it’s a Dracaena, lucky bamboo care is more in line with Dracaena care as opposed to bamboo.

 
General Care

Light:
Sunlight: Lucky bamboo requires moderate or indirect sunlight. Direct sunlight will scorch the leaves, so avoid placing your plant in front of a bright window.

Temperature:
Lucky bamboo does best in indirect light and in the temperature range of 18–35°C.

Water:
Water once a week, overwatering can lead to root rot. Bamboo does not need much water to survive, but it can be grown in water as well. If you choose to grow your bamboo in water, make sure the roots always stay covered with water. Replenish your lucky bamboo with fresh water every 7 to 10 days.
Water: Use water that does not contain chlorine or fluoride. These chemicals can affect the color of the leaves and make them turn yellow or brown. Distilled or purified water is best.

Humidity:
Average room humidity, around 40% relative humidity. Mist the leaves of the Dracaena Sanderiana every couple of days if lack of humidity is a problem.

Fertilizer:
Feed every 2 months with an organic liquid fertilizer. be careful not to over-fertilize.

Grow Medium:
Well-draining potting mix, or water

Common Problems
Mealybugs, mites and fungal infections: If you notice grey fuzz on your plant it could be a fungal infection, so remove the infected growth, keep the stalk and leaves dry, and increase air circulation. They need to be eradicated with water pressure or organic pesticide and fungicide.
Powdery Mildew – Leaves have a powdery white coat. As the disease develops, the leaves turn yellow and die. Treat using organic Fungicidal sprays. Severely infected foliage must be removed from the plant.

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