Lucky Bamboo‘s natural growing environment
Lucky Bamboo is not a water plant even though it is most commonly grown in water and even aquariums with the fishes. The goal of most lucky bamboo lovers is not to grow their lucky bamboo but to maintain the cultivate shape that simulates real bamboo plants. The real bamboo plants are harder to maintain and must grow to survive which out grows its usefulness as an indoor plant.
Lucky bamboo is also an outdoor plant but has an amazing ability to adapt to all kinds of growing situations. Whenever a problem happens, moving the lucky bamboo back toward its natural growing environmental conditions is the proper solution.
Lucky bamboo grows naturally in temperatures above a minimum of 65 degrees and likes 90 and above. Normal room temperature of 68 degrees is on the lower end of tits temperature range. Some growth will occur if the temperature is constant, but don’t expect a burst of green over night. On the other hand, Lucky bamboo must be frozen before major damage happens.
Humidity in the tropic is stifling and un-comfortable to us humans, but lucky bamboo thrives on high humidity above 50%. With high temperatures and high humidity, lucky bamboo explodes with dark green growth over night. Luckily, we do not want that kind of growth and again lucky bamboo will adapt to conditions we like. Growth is slowed, more water is taken through the roots and in very dry conditions, only a spray of warm water from time to time is required.
A lot of fresh unpolluted water is required. City water with added chlorine and fluoride is tolerated for some time, but becomes fatal when yellowing occurs. Nutriment and trace minerals is normally obtained during water changes of regular tap water that has no fluoride and has sat out so that the chlorine as left. Fertilizer growth is needed only if lucky bamboo is in growth stage or trace elements are missing due to prolonged distilled water use.
Lucky bamboo likes strong sunlight, but filtered. Direct sunlight may burn the tissues just like human skin. A limited amount of direct sun light is healthy, but bright defused light is best. Lucky bamboo is very adaptable with its light requirements. Bright fluorescent lights will make it thrive if other growth conditions are met. Lucky bamboo has been known to survive in darkest bathrooms with available light only when the room is in use.