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Lucky Bamboo: From Wet Feet To Dry Land
Ask the Expert: can lucky bamboo be planted into soil ?
It seems that my lucky bamboo plants have outgrown the window sill.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â So I was wondering if so called lucky bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana),cao be taken out of the water only planter and be transplanted into a soil compound.And if so would you be able to tell me which mixture would be best to use.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Edgar W. DeCoursey III
The quick answer is yes.Â The long answer is it is a tricky process that doesn't always work well.Â Lucky bamboo, like all Dracaenas, is a plant that does grow in soil.Â However once acclimated to water, lucky bamboo becomes an aquatic plant.Â It is easier to take lucky bamboo from soil to water than it is from water to soil.Â If you really want to plant it in soil this is what you will do:
1) Find a container that is no more than 2" larger than the lucky bamboo stalk group and with drain holes.
2) Purchase some fast-draining soil mixture.Â You might try a cactus or succulent blend like Schultz Cactus, Palm & Citrus Potting Mix.
3) Find or buy a few stones or broken crockery pieces.
4) Place the stones in the bottom of the container.Â You only need a few to help with drainage.
5) Fill the container with soil within 1/2" to 1" of the top.
6) Create a hole for the lucky bamboo stem group.Â Then place the lucky bamboo stems in the hole.Â Only the roots and an inch of the stalks should be covered with the soil.
7) Water the lucky bamboo.Â Be sure to keep it very moist.Â It is imperative that you keep it extremely moist until it has acclimated itself to the soil.
You will need to be on the look out for signs of root rot and fungal problems when you plant it in the soil.Â I