the urban gardeness

a novice gardener's adventures in chicago gardening

Propagation experiment: lucky bamboo

Lucky bamboo getting some fresh air on the balcony

I have a lovely “lucky bamboo” (Dracaena sanderiana) given to me by my mother-in-law about a year ago. I noticed one of the shoots getting really tall and lanky, so I thought I’d try my hand at propagation again (my previous propagation experiment with vriesea yielded little results).

After some brief web research I found out that lucky bamboo propagation appears to be fairly easy: get out a sharp knife, cut above a node (ring) and stick it in soil or water.

I didn’t see any examples specific to my situation (one really long shoot with several leaves), so since I like to perform gardening experiments, I decided to just chop off the shoot, plant it in the soil and see what happens. I’m not sure if anything will grow off the stalk that is left behind. Updates to follow!

lucky bamboo propagation: before

lucky bamboo propagation: after


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