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Lucky Bamboo Care and Propagation for Beginners



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welcome you guys thank you so much for

taking the time to spend with me on

these videos and I just really do

appreciate it and thank you so much for

subscribing it is pretty amazing you

guys doing thank you but today we're

gonna talk about not this asparagus fern

I don't know why I left it here I think

I just jumped on but we're going to talk

about lucky bamboo because it's a super

popular plant it's kind of like a

gateway plant for people who are getting

into indoor plants and they often

receive them as gifts and because

they're really easy to care for and you

know they do come from China mainly and

they are used in Feng Shui to promote

happiness as a gift and they're also

when they're when they're given

they're usually given in groups of five

which symbolize the like the elements of

Feng Shui it's like fire water metal

wood and the earth I think I got that

right I don't really practice Feng Shui

because I'm kind of a disaster and

things just end up in front of doors and

windows and not good feng shui in my

house but but these guys really are

given as gifts to promote wisdom and

encourage happiness and just really good

stuff really good vibes that so that's

that's what they're used usually used

for but when they came over to our part

of the world world they were really

taken on as a really easy care planet

and there are grown in many different

forms like circular and curved and

they're braided and I'll tell you about

the braiding a little bit later um in

the video but let's just start with if

you do get a group like this how do we

plant it let's talk about how do we

plant it and how do we care for these

guys I'm not really sure if you guys

know that this is not actually a bamboo

it's it's Dracena sandrina and it's a

Dracaena

that likes to live in water but it can

also live in soil so let's just really

start about planting them in

because there's something really

beautiful about them in a beautiful vos

like this or we can plant them in just

like a regular cover pot with gravel in

it and it's really nice to see the whole

kind of the roots and stuff but you

don't really see but I like it that way

so all you really have to do is kind of

take your clump if this is how you

purchased it and kind of separate the

roots a little bit if you want I mean

they're definitely growing together but

be gentle just kind of gently pull them

apart like that and release but they're

gonna grow into each other a little bit

but you want to make sure you get enough

roots so these things live and pull them

apart gently slowly and then you have

all separate ones so I think I said

earlier that it's kind it's customary to

plant them in odd groups mainly five but

you don't necessarily have to do that

but threes and fives and 7s this groups

are good and I also have a taller taller

sections here I'm gonna end up making

such a mess

and you can kind of stagger the

different heights and things like that

so I've what I would like to do here is

put these taller ones in this voss just

like that so the key is to first of all

get rid of the rubber bands that's not

good

the key is to basically you want to

cover the roots in the water and but you

don't want the water to be up so high

where it's covering the stems because

that's just not good plants don't like

that they like to be you know they're

like their feet in the dirt or the water

and they like their bodies to be out in

the air so I filled this container with

about two two inches or so of rocks

because I want to also stabilize this

plant so it doesn't like flop over and

so you know I might actually have to add

more but for now I'm just gonna cut

gently if you gently move rocks but then

push the rocks over for some reason it

stands up I don't know how its standing

up

I thought I'd actually need more rocks

and I might so just I'm gonna put them

in here like this and I'm probably gonna

do I'm not gonna do a lot because to me

this looks a little bit like a forest

right and I like cars that I kind of

walk through and I'm just not going

through with a machete

and trying to get my way through it I

just want to be able to see the trees as

I'm walking through the forest so that's

what I'm trying to replicate here and

I'm probably just going to use three

look at this root system it's super

healthy it's orange it's got just a lot

of good feeder roots and this has been

grown in water so when I purchased it it

was in a paper box with lots of other

lucky bamboo and I've read this guy's to

compare with me I'm gonna get all the

roots covered with the rocks just like

that and if I need more rocks I've got

some right here do that so it looks kind

of soon I'll use some better right there

because it's convenient and I want them

to be stable I want them to be standing

straight to me that's a good Fung Shui

if they're standing straight up and

that's that's really really it's super

simple and the other thing you can do is

just before you could choose a fuzz like

this or you could use anything you have

and maybe don't want to see the roots

and you just want to see some lucky

bamboo poking out kind of that easy

so I'm gonna put him in here I am gonna

need more rocks in here for some reason

the short ones are falling over and the

tall ones are standing up straight I'm

gonna put three in here and I'm gonna

call this done just like that and then

all I have to do is add some water

I don't know how clean this water is

because and sitting in there and they

might have put fish emulsion in there so

let me get some clean water I'll be

right back

so I have some clean water now probably

not enough but again you really want to

cover just the roots

not the stocks because you could

introduce lot and you don't want to do

that I do clean the rocks although it

still looks like it's dirty so that's

really it that's enough that is enough

water for here and so you can also and

you probably should you should change

the water and some people don't I do

like to change the water but I would

suggest like once every three weeks is a

safe that you can fertilize these guys

they don't necessarily need it you're

seeing that don't really respond to over

fertilization and you can damage the

leaves by doing that but you can use a

liquid complete fertilizer occasionally

maybe like twice a year that's probably

all you need to do and also the thing

about the water is that don't use water

that has mineral build-up like or I'm

sorry not mineral but chlorine and

chlorides and borides and try to avoid

tap water if it has those types of

chemicals in it and the other thing is

when you want to propagate these guys

it's real easy and I'm gonna show you

how to do it so when you want to

propagate these guys is that it's fairly

fairly simple so you'll want to take

this section off where that leaf is

coming up from the stem and you just

want to cut it like that I'm gonna need

another tan oh you cut it like that and

then you're gonna stick this in the loss

of water because it will start growing a

stem it's going to start growing a stem

so you'll put it in a Vaz of water and

then it's going to start growing you get

closer it's a bad setup it's going to

start grow it's going to start growing a

stem and the other thing you can do with

the one that I just cut is you can this

is the worst ya get I can't get to you

guys if you want to propagate this you

see they cut it right above the note

here I always say cut blow the note but

in this case you want to cut above the

note so if for some reason you would

need to get rid of this or you want to

make two out of this you're gonna cut it

right here you're gonna cut it right

there above the node and you can take

this one and actually put it in one or

two and they'll start propagating

they'll start growing leaves from from

up here right cut it off and then the

thing to do to ensure that this wound

does not get bacterial and start rotting

is you'll take a candle this is a fake

candle and you get some wax right you'll

light it and then you just dip this in

the wax and that will seal the wound so

if you want to make sure that these are

not going to die you'll want to do that

or just it'll prevent the rot so now

we've made our little arrangement here

what do we do where do we put it so the

thing is they do not like direct Sun

they will start burning the leaves will

start getting crunchy and they'll start

looking really bad they like bright

indirect light to medium indirect light

and you can kind of rotate them to keep

their shape and that leads me to the

whole thing about how you get those

curly ones that you've seen I don't have

them here but oftentimes they'll start

encouraging these this new growth to

become a spiral and that is not done in

one shot that's done by using

phototropism where basically the foliage

will follow the Sun and so they will

turn it and manipulate the light so

it'll start making it grow around in a

spiral and the same thing goes with the

of--this the whole thing so when you see

them kind of all beautiful shapes that's

what happens you can't manually you

can't bend these guys because they'll

break so it's done a natural man-made

process does that make sense so it's

called phototropism and just it just

follows where the Sun goes and it

creates this beautiful spiral e shape so

you can't do it on your own you need the

Sun or you need a artificial light okay

so what temperature's so your steena

don't like it too cold so I think any

average household temperature

like sixty and eighty they will do fine

and your scene is do definitely like a

little higher humidity but they'll be

fine in your average household humidity

so you can spray them I generally don't

as long as you're not like if you have

averaged humidity about like fifty to

sixty they're fine okay so don't worry

so much about that another problem you

might find is that you have excessive

yellowing on the stems and that they

just start looking they're starting to

lose their color like that one is it

could be from too much fertilizer it

could be from too much light or too

little light so you want to move your

lucky bamboo around until you find the

right spot but it shouldn't be that hard

you should pretty much find it if you

watch this video like right away just

keep it out of the direct Sun and rotate

it and really don't over fertilize it I

would we actually wouldn't fertilize it

um for a really long time so if you do

want to propagate it in soil it's super

easy you just you know you put it in

there you press down a little bit to

make it stand up and you keep the soil

kind of moist in the beginning but then

you let it dry out maybe an inch or so

too on the surface and then water it

again they don't like to be sitting in

water in wet soil which is really ironic

because they live in water

go figure but let the soil dry out a

little bit and then water it like you

would your other indoor plants and it

should be fine so you can do some

beautiful arrangements in soil you can

do some beautiful arrangements in water

and you can try to make him go all in

different spirals and stuff like that

just have fun with it and if you mess up

you can just cut and propagate and start

again it's that easy so I just wanted to

talk about lucky bamboo in case you guys

got some from somebody or you just have

some are you thinking about getting it

anyway have a great day you guys thank

you so much and I will see you guys soon

I hope you're well and and that said

have a great rest of the week take care

thank you