How to Grow Bamboo Indoors in Water

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Bamboo attracts many feng shui aficionados for its simple, elegant lines and purported lucky attributes. Often called lucky bamboo, some houseplant bamboo gets wrapped around rods at a young age so it grows in spirals. Other bamboo shoots are woven together. One of the easiest ways to grow bamboo is in water. Clear glass containers allow you to keep track of root growth and water levels while vitamins dissolve quickly and easily into the water as well.

Things You'll Need

  • Bamboo shoots
  • Decorative river pebbles
  • Clear glass container
  • Distilled water
  • Liquid bamboo fertilizer
  • Stagger about 1 inch of decorative river pebbles in the bottom of your clear glass container. Gently slip the roots of your shoots between the stones and stack stones around the shoots so they stand securely upright.

  • Pour distilled water into the container until it covers the roots, but not the shoots. Covering the shoots could damage your bamboo. If distilling your own water, leave it in an open container for 24 hours before watering to allow the chlorine to evaporate.

  • Change the water in your container about once a week to avoid root rot. The roots should be red and free of white or grey fuzz. Drip a drop or two of liquid bamboo fertilizer into the container every third time you change the water.

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