Chaz 2012-08-09 05:45:52
I picked up some really long Lucky Bamboo stalks (18″) this week and they
are too tall for my vase. If I cut them in half or by 1/3rd will the lower
portion (with the roots) sprout new branches and will the upper portion
(with 2 branches each) re-root?
And yes, I realize this isnt bamboo, but this question isnt about species,
just propagating what I have.
Gardenlen 2012-08-09 11:17:15
each ring on the stem is a growth nodule, so if you have a couple of those
nodules in soil they will grow roots, if above soil they will grow leaves.
you can cut them (i can’t tell you where as i can’t see the plants) and
simply stick them in water they will take root. and the nodule on the
original plant below you cut will grow new leaf buds. they are a “Dracaena
sanderiana”. cloesely related to the ‘cordalines’, they will all grow the
Chaz 2012-08-09 15:56:39
g’day len, and THANKS for the help!
Mombu 2012-08-09 15:57:11
Just curious. . .I also have a vase full of Lucky Bamboo on my kitchen
counter. It has grown really tall and looks quite healthy.
I hadn’t realized it wasn’t really a true bamboo. My question is – how
will this stuff grow, planted in the garden? Will it completely take
over, like “real” bamboo will? Is it best to keep it containerized?
Phisherman 2012-08-09 20:38:20
It is a tropical plant and dislikes cold. In Hawaii, it should grow
well in shade. I have found these (lucky bamboo) to grow well in one
location and not-at-all in another location. I have one plant that
has stayed the same size the past three years, yet another has grown 4
feet tall. I have not tried taking stem cuttings, but it should work.
Lucky bamboo grows better in some non-organic material than plain
water. They grow very well in “water beads” (I’m not sure what this
garden product is called but it retains water and looks like pearly
beads). Rooting in the water beads or vermiculite will produce a
stronger root system (in most any plant) than using plain water. This
is an “easy-to-grow” houseplant, provided the owner does not allow it
to go dry.
Gardenlen 2012-08-09 20:38:40
no won’t take over it has no relationship to bamboo (not all bamboos
are invasive either so don’t be afraid to seek out some of the special
looking ones for your gardens or big planter tubs). lucky bamboo (rip
off name) is dracaena same as cordaline family (yukkas very close as
well), they won’t take over if yo plant a single stem it will grow as
that a single stem so have no fear of using as garden specimen or
planter specimen with other plants for decoration. just as with these
sorts of plants you cut the growing top off to force them to bunch and
plant the tops to get more plants.
enjoy there are many different colourings in this group of plants try
them all as either lucky bamboo better description water plants or
house or garden plants.
With peace and brightest of blessings,
“Be Content With What You Have And
May You Find Serenity and Tranquillity In
A World That You May Not Understand.”
Mombu 2012-08-09 20:39:21
Thanks so much for all the helpful info;-)