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Posted by kasey_girl (My Page) on
Sun, Apr 22, 07 at 14:29

I have never had a luck bamboo plant before, but they were fumigating my husbands work and they were throwing one away so he brought it home.
The shoots are over three feet tall and the tallest original stalk is only about 6 inches. It is in a very small pot- about 3 inches high with about a 4 inch diameter.
Should I transplant it? My husband believes this will let the stalks grow bigger. I have looked around on the internet about caring for them so I know it is not a real bamboo, so does that mean the stalks will not grow? Will transplanting damage it? If not, how much bigger should the pot be?

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RE: transplanting

I have an office lucky bamboo with basically the same measurements for both plant and pot, so I am waiting with interest to see what others have to say. I am reluctant to repot, but fear having it tip over. Maybe someone has some ideas about how to successfully transplant?


RE: transplanting

At three feet tall it is in danger of tipping over. Either plant in a bigger pot or prune it back.

Your husband is right, the bigger the pot, the bigger it will grow. If you want to keep it small, you should tip it out of the pot, trim the roots and trim back the shoots then replant in fresh soil in the same pot. Generally, you do not want the plant height to be more than about 3 to 4 times pot width. So three foot tall plant needs 12 inch pot or 4 inch pot gets 1ft tall plant.

Check out the bonsai forum for tips on keeping potted plants small.

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