How to Train Lucky Bamboo

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Training lucky bamboo plants requires trimming back the dead or browning leaves to train it to grow taller and taller, being careful not to cut down the main stalk too much. Train lucky bamboo to continue growing with information from a sustainable gardener in this free video on gardens.

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Hi this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment I am going to talk about how to trim lucky bamboo. Now lucky bamboo is not a bamboo it is a dracaena. It's a house plant so it grows just like other houseplants. It has a nice stem with lots of foliage. So when you are trimming it down I try to be careful not to chop it down too far because you want to let it grow and each stem will continue to grow bigger and bigger and bigger but when I trim it it is only to take the brown leaves out so periodically the bottom leaves will die off as the top leaves get taller. So you are going to have leaves die off so be careful not to cut the stem all the way across just cut the leaf out and as it grows continue to cut the leaf out and I have found that sometimes they get sun burned or you forget to water them or they just die because of not enough light and at that point I just trim it all the way down to where the stem is still green and the leaves or the stem is brown. A lot of times they will grow new starts. So even if you think you have lost your lucky bamboo a lot of times it will grow very quickly again, just trim off the brown part and leave any green part and it will grow again. So lucky bamboo is easy to trim. Just remember if it looks lush and grim to leave it be, if it looks brown cut it out and that way you can have a gorgeous plant.


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