How to care for double lucky pyramid bamboo

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How to care for double lucky pyramid bamboo
The double lucky pyramid bamboo is from the Dracaena family.. (kokodrill/iStock/Getty Images)

Double lucky pyramid bamboo is a type of lucky bamboo that is typically sold in a two-layer arrangement of vertical stalks to create the illusion of a pyramid. Actually, lucky bamboo is technically not a true bamboo. According to the American Bamboo Society, bamboo is a grass, and lucky bamboo is actually a plant from the Dracaena family. Still, lucky bamboo has become a popular interior plant used for decorating, and manufacturers claim that it brings good luck. Double lucky pyramid bamboo thrives in many different conditions, so taking care of it is easy.

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Things you need

  • Small ceramic container
  • Small rocks
  • Liquid houseplant fertiliser

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  1. 1

    Place the stalks of your double lucky pyramid bamboo in a small ceramic container.

  2. 2

    Add enough fresh water to the container so that the bottom 5 cm (2 inches) of the plant are submerged in water.

  3. 3

    Fill the rest of the container with small rocks or pebbles so that the plant stands upright.

  4. 4

    Place your double lucky pyramid bamboo plant in an area of indirect sunlight. Lucky bamboo will thrive in indirect light or under artificial light, but it does not do as well in direct sunlight. In fact, too much direct sunlight can cause the leaves of lucky bamboo to turn yellow.

  5. 5

    Change the water in your plant each week, and rinse the stones and interior of the container thoroughly before replacing the bamboo. Check the plant throughout the week to make sure the bamboo has enough water.

  6. 6

    Fertilise your plant once a month with a diluted houseplant food. A liquid plant food should be diluted to about a 10th of its original strength, and 2 or 3 drops should be added directly to the water in the container.

Tips and warnings

  • The stalks of lucky bamboo will not grow bigger, so there is no need to trim your bamboo plant after it is in the container. If some of the leaves turn yellow, remove them from the plant and make sure your bamboo is not getting too much direct sunlight.

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