Wednesday, January 24, 2007

How To Reproduce Lucky Bamboo


First cut a "shoot" from one of your bamboo plants with a sharp razor blade. Make sure to try and make a clean cut to ensure that the plant does not become infected. Take this shoot and soak it in water until a root emerges like the one pictured above. This should take several weeks.

Then get yourself a pot like the similar to the one above.
Make a small hole with your finger or a stick to place the bamboo in.
Place the shoot inside of the dirt and try not to put to much pressure on the main root. Softly pack the soil around the shoot to ensure that it will stand upright. Water the lucky bamboo at least once a week in the beginning, as the plant matures it can survive longer periods of drought.

Congratulations
you just made a bamboo baby : )

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25 comments:

  1. Hello . Do you remember me? (or my flower's pictures? :O)

    My God so many blogs...how do you do that? :-)

    I hope you are ok.
    Bye

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  2. Anonymous4:05 PM

    Hi, i just got a lucky bamboo plant and i was wondering, what "shoot" you were referring to, is it the one's that grow off to the side of the plant?

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  3. Anonymous,

    Yes that is exactly what I was referring to...

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  4. Anonymous3:08 PM

    But once it is grown, how would you transplant the bamboo with the rocks/marbles?

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  5. The rocks/marble are just for decoration really. If the bamboo is just in water then the rocks and marbles can tend to keep the bugs from gathering in the water. Otherwise you don't really need them. Let me know if you have any other questions...

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  6. Stephenie7:31 PM

    Ya, I have a question: My shoot hasn't sprouted? (I actually placed three in water), so my shoots haven't sprouted. Any suggestions?

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  7. Well how long have you had it in the water? It does take a bit of time before the roots will start to appear. As long as the leaves aren't turning yellow you should be fine. You can also use African Violet fertilizer, I have not tried this personally, but I heard it works well. Make sure to keep it out of direct sunlight, but it does like a lot of indirect sunlight. Also make sure you change the water about once a week if you can. Let me know if this helps or if you have any other questions...

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  8. Stephenie7:04 PM

    Well, I've been doing all those things. And they've been in water nearly one month. One of them didn't make it (it wasn't solid anymore) and the other two seem to be okay so far. I change the filtered water regularly- not too often, but not, not often enough. I have plenty of plants, and I take good care of them all. Perhaps these are slow sprouting? Do you have any ideas about the possibilities?

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  9. Hmmm, I would say if you are doing all of those things I would just keep on waiting. The numerous times I have done it, it didn't really seem to take a whole month, but who knows all plants are a bit different.

    If you get too tired of waiting you can always take the chance and go ahead and plant them in soil. There are root hormons out there that you can buy, if you just dip the end in that and plant it you should do fine. Just make sure to provide it with plenty of water in the beginning especially. I hope this helps...

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  10. Stephenie10:52 AM

    Thanks. I think I will wait a little bit more. I'll try something different if nothing happens in a few weeks.
    I have African violet soil, actually. It's in the pot that my African Violets are in, though. I wonder.. Maybe I'll give it a go next.

    Thanks ^^ )

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  11. Anonymous3:54 PM

    ok so i was wondering if it would matter if while u were trying to get your lucky bamboo plant to sprout roots, if you kept it in water with pebbles, would that effect the growth or should u leave it in water without any pebbles, would it matter?

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  12. No, putting pebbles in the water shouldn't effect the plants or their root growth at all. The only thing that you should consider is that if you leave it in there too long the roots may wrap around the pebbles and when you go to transplant it you might just have a big bunch of pebbles and roots : )

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  13. Anonymous9:18 PM

    You need a real job dude

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  14. yeah, I was wandering what happens to the old bamboo plant once the (shoot) is removed for replanting? Will it die off?

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  15. It depend on the shape it is in in the first place... If it is a healthy branch with multiple shoots it should be fine. I have even had luck with just a single shoot coming off. You just need to wait a while before a new one comes back. Overall if you make a nice clean cut your shouldn't have too much of a problem. I hope this helps...

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  16. Ok Thanks...I didn's know that new shoots could poss. grow back, this helped alot!

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  17. Anonymous12:47 PM

    I'm interested in propogating lucky bamboo but I don't want to wait for my one branch to grow one more shoot after I trim off the one it has. I've seen branches with multiple shoots. How do I drive a single branch to begin growing multiple shoots?

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  18. Well I believe how they do it is to cut the top off with a sharp knife... Then seal the top with wax and it should grow shoots out the sides... U can then take the top part and soak it in water until roots emerge... Now u have two bamboo plants : ) I hope this helps...

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  19. Anonymous6:27 PM

    I've had a Bamboo plant for about 2 months now, the previous owner bought it after the main shoot had already been cut. So now I have it with a large healthy off shoot and another one is emerging. I want to cut off the new one and make a baby bamboo out of it, how big should I let it grow before cutting it off and setting it water to sprout roots? The new sprout is about an inch out.

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  20. Anonymous3:51 PM

    What is the name of the plant that original cane cuttings are taken from to produce the "Lucky Bamboo" canes sold in stores?

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  21. I would wait until it is a good six inches or so before cutting it for best results.... The original cane cutting is just from a mature lucky bamboo plant. They will grow in the wild in some places are grow quite large and quite tall, so what they do is cut off a large stalk and then cut it into many pieces. I hope this helps.

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  22. So if I cut the "shoot" off of the plant will it grow back? I have 3 Lucky Bamboo stalks and really want to "reproduce" more. Each stalk only has 1 shoot and they look really pretty so I would hate for the shoot to not grow back.

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  23. Yes a new shoot should grow back... It might not be in the exact same place as the last one, but it should eventually grow a new shoot... It can take some time : ) Good luck!

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  24. Hello! I have a handful of shoots that have spouted new roots. Question is: what happens next. Are they going to grow new stalks? Will they get taler and grow new leaves? Not sure what to do next. Ive never planted them in soil.

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  25. Normally if you have a cut off top they will grow new shoots out of the side. You can choose to keep them in water or plant them in soil.

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