Lucky bamboo in soil?

dlingySeptember 11, 2006

Will a lucky bamboo grow faster if it's in soil?

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Only if the soil is a good one (coarse textured and fast draining)and if the container has proper drainage holes. The techniques of proper watering must be applied, of course. If all of the dracaena's needs are met, it will do much, much better in solid planting medium than in plain water.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2006 at 12:03PM
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zenpotter(z4 MN)

I will second that. I finally planted one in soil and it lived. I tried three times with water only and they slowly died.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2006 at 8:47AM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

Yes, it will grow better in soil. However, it's normal growth pattern does not resemble the stripped stunted plants sold as "Lucky Bamboo"

    Bookmark   September 15, 2006 at 12:19PM
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a couple months ago i replanted my bamboo from water and rocks to soil. It seems to be doing fine but Im not sure if its getting enough water. Im just not sure how to tell. some of the tips are crunchy and brown not sure but i think thats from the people i had plant sitting while i was out of state.there is some new growth. please help me figure this out.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2008 at 11:46AM
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I water my plant a couple of times a week. When you place your finger into the soil just a little bit, does it feel dry or is it still a little moist? It is not harmful to water the plant thouroughly as long as you have proper drainage from the bottom of the plant.

Brown leaf edges may be caused by too much sun, crowded roots, or chemicals in the water, including water that is softened with filters that use salts. I think we can eliminate the possibility of crowded roots, since you just replanted it.

If the plant is growing well and the brown leaf edges don't seem to be progressing to more or larger brown leaf edges, you may have already resolved your difficulty. I thought I would mention that since you seem to suspect that plant was not well watered while you were away.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2008 at 10:26PM
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I have found that a good pot to use for LB is called a 'Plant Spa'. It has an opening at the bottom of the pot and that's how you water. It allows your plant to take water as needed without keeping the roots soggy. I use a spray bottle to evenly dampen the soil as it drains to the bottom. The Plant Spa takes the guessing out of watering! You should be able to find the Plant Spa at any local WalMart or Ace Hardware with a garden center. My LB loves this system. I have had my LB for about a month now and it has already grown a good 2 1/2 inches!! :)

    Bookmark   June 22, 2008 at 12:21PM
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countrykitty(zn 6 SW KY)

I bought a stalk last year at the flea market and immediately planted it in a large pot with 4 other small draceanas. It did fine...grew about a foot.

A couple months ago I read a recipe for houseplant fertilizer. Mix 1 12oz can of beer, 1/2 c. ammonia, 1 c. epsom salt, and 2 c. of water. Add 1/2 to 1 tsp. per 1 gallon water every 2 weeks. I started using it for watering and in a misting bottle.

My LB has a branch sprouting from just beneath the soil and the gold dust draceana also in the pot is sprouting branches from the main stems, sending up a couple of stalks from the ground, and even attempted to bloom (my behemoth of a dog knocked the bud off with his tail).
The other draceanas (Janet Craig, Janet Craig Compacta, and tricolor) are all putting on nice new growth.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2008 at 4:41PM
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Wow! how tall is the gold dust when it blooms? Also, I have some LB growing in water in a lizard cage. It is perfectly healthy.

    Bookmark   October 4, 2008 at 8:20AM
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I have had one stalk in soil for almost three years and it is doing very well, actually better than the bamboo I have in water. It does grow a bit differently than the lucky bamboo in water. I added stones around the base of the stalk, and the plant is a lot happier since as it raises the humidity level.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2008 at 12:51PM
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meg_awat(Indoor & Outdoor 10-11)

I've grown L.B. both ways too. The plant took off in soil. Producing new growth constantly, lush and tall

The brown (necrotic) tips may be from your water. [Chlorine, Chloride, Flourine, Flouride]
Distilled or reverse osmosis water will cure the brown tips. It did for mine.

Another cause of tip necrosis is fertilizer burn. I've noticed that L.B. prefer nutrient poor soil, light infrequent feeding. I use 1/4 strength Cactus fertilizer. Lowest NPK I can find.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2008 at 8:50PM
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I thought I would pop up this message string since we have some questions about this!

    Bookmark   April 15, 2009 at 7:35PM
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Has anyone tried the aqua globes as a water source for LB grown in soil?

    Bookmark   June 6, 2009 at 1:01AM
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I have not used the Aqua Globes with anything so I am not aware of how well they work. They are an attractive solution though. They are much prettier than some other watering systems.

If you try it, please let us know how you do!

    Bookmark   June 7, 2009 at 10:51AM
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I am pushing this message string up for someone asking about planting lucky bamboo in soil.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2009 at 9:52AM
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My lucky bamboo was in water for a year and slowly turning yellow at the top, so I planted them in soil but still the yellowing is continuing. I keep trimming the yellow bits away and they are getting shorter and shorter. What am I doing wrong? Or more appropriately, what else more could I be doing wrong?

    Bookmark   June 27, 2011 at 7:55AM
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txmom(North Texas)

I just bought 4 stalks planted in a kind of jell medium. I think that is for humidity....
No instructions with it and so I guess I'll just add water periodically and no soil???

    Bookmark   April 10, 2013 at 12:02PM
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