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Twisting a Bamboo Stem?

How can I twist a straight bamboo stem into a curl or twist? I bought a straight bamboo stem and now I want to make it curly. I need help.

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October 19, 20140 found this helpful

You can't just "twist" a straight bamboo stem. It's not like hair! :-) The curls in bamboo stems were grown that way. The part of the stem that is already straight will always stay straight.

It's possible to grow a curly plant yourself, but it will take many months to get a curl, and during that time it must remain covered by a box with one small hole that lets light in, which the plant will bend and grow towards and make the stem curve. Not the best way to enjoy your plant!

There are instructions online for how to make bamboo curly, but if you really want one it would be a lot faster and easier to buy one that was already grown that way by professionals.

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And just a little trivia, these curly (or straight) plants being sold as "lucky bamboo" aren't really bamboo at all - they're not even related to bamboo! They're called dracaena, and are actually in the lily family!

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