Lucky Bamboo Pruning

Keep lucky bamboo pruned to any size.
Keep lucky bamboo pruned to any size. (Image: lucky bamboo close up image by Trevor Goodwin from

Lucky bamboo--or Dracaena sanderiana--is not bamboo. The lucky bamboo plant is a type of lily. You can grow lucky bamboo in water. It grows approximately 1 to 3 inches a year. The maximum height for lucky bamboo is 3 feet tall. You can prune the lucky bamboo plant to any height. If you purchase the plant in a small pot, you may need to keep it pruned low to avoid the plant tipping over. Place any shoots you cut off in a rooting hormone and a container of water to grow a new plant.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Moisturizer or candle

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Decide how tall you want to keep the lucky bamboo.

Examine your lucky bamboo plant for thick nodes. They will look like rings around the stalk.

Find a ring that is closest to the size you wish to keep your bamboo.

Cut a straight cut 1 inch above the node, using the pruning shears. Do this for each stalk of lucky bamboo you need to cut.

Allow the tips of the bamboo to dry out for three days.

Rub moisturizer on the end or the plant to encourage regrowth. Rub a wax candle onto the end of the plant to stop growth.

Tips & Warnings

  • The leaves of the lucky bamboo plant are mildly toxic.


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