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Can Lucky Bamboo Be Planted In Soil?

Brite asks:

Can you put Good Luck bamboo in soil?

Jamie’s Reply:

There are two view points to this question. One side says it should be in water only; the other side says it should be in soil. Lucky bamboo is a member of the Dracaena family (Dracaena sanderiana). I have only grown it in water, as a result I tend to lean toward growing it in water. With that said, Dracaenas are grown in soil — so it seems to reason that lucky bamboo should be able to grow in soil. My suggestion would be to experiment. If you have more than one stem — try one in a loose soil that drains well. Because of fungal issues, when in soil don’t keep it too wet. Flower Shop Network has a newsletter about Lucky Bamboo if you are interested. Go to Flower Shop Network Newsletter Lucky Bamboo for that information. Hope this helps.


  1. I had some lucky bamboo that I planted in soil. It thrived and I’ve never seen lucky bamboo grow faster. Unfortunately, a friend was plantsitting and overwatered it, which, as far as I could see, was the only disadvantage to growing it in soil as opposed to just water.

  2. Thanks for your input Michael!

  3. I have bamboo’s growing in dirt and water all off the same plant. When a new shoots starts growing i pull it off and put it in water or dirt. They grow perfectly in dirt in water. I’ve actually had better luck growing them in dirt. The ones in water i use fish tank rocks to hold the bamboo’s in place they work perfect their small and the roots have enough room to spread through the rocks. The ones i have in dirt are actually bigger and more green than the ones in the water. ;)

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