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Saving A Very Sentimental, But Too Tall Lucky Bamboo Plant

Ask The Expert: I have a lucky bamboo plant that I purchased 10 years ago.  It is now about 3 1/2 feet high and although I have it staked it is top heavy and difficult to keep it from tipping over.  Can it be cut back and if so, how?  I would most appreciate any advise you may offer.  This plant has a great deal of sentimental value.  it was purchased while my wife was being treated for lung cancer,  She died several months later.  I would very much appreciate any help you can offer. -Syl

Topping Lucky Bamboo

Red Line Indicates Node - Yellow line indicates where to Make Cut

Flower Shop Network Plant Expert Reply: Yes, trimming or topping lucky bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana) is definitely an option. Because your plant is so sentimental, something you may want to do is start a brand new plant with your clippings. To do this, you will need:

  • a sharp knife
  • a misting bottle
  • rooting hormone
  • clean container for topped piece
  • distilled water

Topping & Rooting Lucky Bamboo

Step 1: Find a node (raised ring on stem) at the height you want the plant to be after you top it.

Step 2: Cut about an inch above this node. Since you have a very tall lucky bamboo plant, you can make multiple cuts along the nodes. Be sure each new plant section is at least 4-6 inches long.

Step 3: Dip one, cut end into the rooting hormone, which you can find at local garden and nursery centers.

Step 4: Let this dry overnight and then place the new clipping in the new container filled with distilled water. Only a few inches is needed, but do keep the water level consistent at all times.

Step 5: Leave the old stems alone for a few days.

Step 6: After a few days, begin to mist your lucky bamboo daily to encourage new leaf growth.

Care for the old stem and the new stem the same way you always have except for fertilizing.  Wait a couple months before you fertilize the new stem. Soon you will have beautiful, thriving lucky bamboo plants, and even more in the future! These will make extra special gifts for friends and loved ones.

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