Watering Bamboo Sticks

Question:

Do bamboo sticks need to be watered?

Zaneta from Montreal, Canada

Answer:

Zaneta,

The "lucky" bamboo plants you find in discount stores and garden centers (and this includes those sold without leaves and labeled sticks) do need to be watered. Bamboo sticks are typically sold in vases containing only enough water to cover the roots (1-3 inches). They can also be grown in soil, but it is generally not recommended because it requires care that is more complex.

Ad

As for the type of water to use, filtered or natural spring water is best. If your tap water contains high concentrations of salt and you do not have access to bottled water, rainwater is your second best choice. Chemically treated tap water should be allowed to stand overnight before being used to allow the chemicals to evaporate. Yellowing leaves are usually a sign of too much direct sunlight, not enough light, or a sign that the water contains too much salt or fluoride. Do not use distilled water, as it lacks some of the trace elements necessary to maintain optimal plant health.

The most important care requirement is keeping the water clean (plan to change it every week) and giving the plant enough light (artificial is fine). If you have a leafless bamboo stick and want to encourage it to grow leaves, place it in a warm room (at least 65-70 F) and under full spectrum lighting. Keep the stems green by adding a small amount of liquid fertilizer to the water on occasion (once a month or so).

Good luck!

Ellen

To celebrate the new year we are giving away $200 in Amazon gift cards for people who answer questions on ThriftyFun in January! Click here to find out more...

Add your voice! Click below to answer. ThriftyFun is powered by your wisdom!

January 23, 20080 found this helpful

Yes, but just a little. You can also grow them in plain water, just enough to cover the roots.

Ad
ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
January 24, 20080 found this helpful

Are you talking about the living plant bamboo or about the hollow rods you would use for supporting garden plants? If it is the rods, then no. They are dead "trunks" of the bamboo. For the actual plant, I have tons in my house. I arrange in pretty glass pitchers and bowls and put those cute glass stones from the dollar stores around them for support. I pour alot of water in them and let it soak up and evaporate. I usually water every two weeks or so and never have to bother with them. Just enjoy. I have at least six bowls of bamboo and some of it has grown from 6 inch shoots when I purchased it to near two feet tall now.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
Flag
January 25, 20080 found this helpful

It will be happy just to have a little water in the bottom.

Ad
ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
To celebrate the new year we are giving away $200 in Amazon gift cards for people who answer questions on ThriftyFun in January! Click here to find out more...

Add your voice! Click below to answer. ThriftyFun is powered by your wisdom!

Related Content(article continues below)
Categories
Home and Garden Gardening AdviceMarch 13, 2008
Guides
Cinnamon Sticks
Buying Cinnamon Sticks
Paint Stir Stick
Uses for Paint Stir Sticks
Bamboo
Selling Bamboo
Growing Lucky Bamboo
Growing "Lucky Bamboo"
More
🍀
St. Patrick's Ideas!
💘
Valentine's Ideas!
Facebook
Pinterest
YouTube
Contests!
Newsletters
Ask a Question
Share a Post
Categories
© 1997-2017 by Cumuli, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Published by . Page generated on January 15, 2017 at 12:11:07 PM on 10.0.0.234 in 2 seconds. Use of this web site constitutes acceptance of ThriftyFun's Disclaimer and Privacy Policy. If you have any problems or suggestions feel free to Contact Us.
Loading Something Awesome!