How to Take Care of A Bamboo House Plant
Watering, is perhaps the most important consideration that comes to mind when we talk about caring for a plant. Over-watering can kill a bamboo houseplant, as when the soil gets saturated, there occurs a dearth of oxygen. This in turn may cause the roots to rot, eventually killing the plant. Even lack of watering may cause the plant to dry to death. So, the best way to determine the right time to water the plant is to do a finger test. Simply put a finger or two into the soil about 3 inches deep. If it feels dry then it is time to water the plant. On the other hand, if the soil feels moist, then you can wait for another day or two before you again water it. Most people keep an estimation of ½ a gallon of water for a 5 gallon potted bamboo house plant. Read more on growing bamboo indoors.
Maintaining the soil is again no less important than watering the plant. Acidic, well-drained and nutrient-rich is considered ideal for a bamboo house plant. It is to be remembered that the plant does not encourage water logged soil. Although a high-nitrogen, low potash solution such as 30-10-10, is considered good enough for the plant, a water soluble one is preferred more due to a lesser risk of fertilizer burn. Read more on care for indoor bamboo plant.
When it comes to taking care of a house plant, light requirements is the most important factor that decides the growth and health of the plant. As your bamboo house plant will be deprived of most of the sunlight, arrange for artificial lighting with fluorescent lamps or special incandescent bulbs. This will serve as a supplement for natural light. Bamboo plants come from warm, humid climates and thus grow better under such conditions. So, if the temperature is high indoors, then ensure that brighter are the lights. The plant tends to lose a good amount even indoors. So, covering the soil with heavy mulch will slow down the evaporation process.
Native to the tropical regions of West Africa, lucky bamboo plants are upright growing shrubs that can grow to a height of about 1.5 m tall. You can identify them from the stalks that have distinct nodes and internodes at regular intervals. The stalks can be twisted or manipulated to create specific shapes and designs, when trained against gravity and light exposure. You can find several cultivars, which are sold under the common name, lucky bamboo plants.
Lucky bamboo is an ideal decorative plant to be grown and maintained in the interiors of home or office. Its fast growing nature is often considered as a symbol of luck and fortune. Although popularly known as a lucky bamboo plant, it's not bamboo, but belongs to different unrelated variety. In botanical classification, they belong to family Ruscaceae of the order Asparagales and scientifically represented as Dracaena sanderiana. Besides the attractive stem and foliage, the popularity of this houseplant is less care and maintenance.