Bamboo Plant Care
Indoor bamboo, or Sander’s dracaena (Dracaena brauniic) is an unpretentious evergreen exotic plant, decorative species of which will perfectly fit into any home or office interior. In room conditions, the plant is able to grow for a long time, the main thing is proper care, in compliance with all recommendations and requirements. Decorative bamboo refers to varieties of dracaena. It can be grown not only in soil, but also in water. It grows both as a single plant and in group compositions. Representatives of the art of Feng Shui consider bamboo a symbol of well-being, happiness and good luck.
Ornamental bamboo consists of a green or yellow-green bare or leafy stem and bright green leaves at its top. Plant care is not difficult. It must be grown in conditions close to its natural environment.
1 Caring for indoor bamboo at home
1.1 Location and lighting
2 Growing bamboo in water
3 Growing bamboo in the ground
3.3 Feeds and fertilizers
4 Ways to propagate indoor bamboo
4.1 Reproduction of indoor bamboo cuttings
Indoor bamboo care at home
Care rules are slightly different depending on where the flower is grown — in soil or in water, but some of them are suitable for both growing methods.
Location and lighting
Bamboo prefers diffused lighting without direct sunlight, which can be created with a light translucent curtain on the windowsill on the west or east side of the room. If you take into account the recommendations of the teachings of Feng Shui, then the place of decorative bamboo should be in the southeastern part of the room.
With a lack of lighting, the plant will lose the leaf part, and its development will slow down. The lack of light will immediately affect the decorative qualities of the indoor flower.
The ideal temperature for growing bamboo is from 18 to 25 degrees, but the plant will withstand a thirty-degree mark in the summer season without negative consequences.
The level of air humidity for a flower does not matter much, but wet care in the form of wiping the leaves from dust is very necessary for the plant. Such water procedures are recommended to be carried out regularly.
Growing bamboo in water
This method of growing decorative bamboo is the most suitable and does not take much time for care. The water in the tank is changed once a week. For an unpretentious plant, this is quite enough to create optimal conditions for development. Such a water base contributes to the rapid and harmonious growth of indoor bamboo. Even at room conditions, exotic bamboo reaches a height of one to two meters. By growing a group of plants in a short time, you can create your own tropical garden.
In the absence of fertilizers, the plant will lose the leaf part or the stem will turn yellow. Fertilization is a very important element in the care of indoor bamboo. Top dressing is introduced directly into the water, at the time of its replacement with fresh water. One top dressing in 2-3 months will be enough. Fertilizer is recommended to use mineral, intended for plants of this type.
In one flower container, you can grow several bamboo stalks at once. For convenience and decoration, all plants are tied together with a braid of any contrasting color. As a container, you can use not only traditional flower pots or containers, but also glass vases or glasses, and as the bamboo grows, buckets and deep jugs. With a plant height of more than 50-80 centimeters, the growing vessels are placed only on the floor in close proximity to a light source or window.
Water for irrigation and cultivation of decorative bamboo should be soft. It is advisable to use settled for several days or melted water. This evergreen plant should not be watered with tap and filtered water.
Preparation of melt water:
- Fill a plastic container with water.
- Put in the freezer for 2 days.
- Defrost and use as directed.
Growing bamboo in the ground
Ornamental bamboo or Sander’s dracaena develops much better in soil than in water. Plants do not like the constant presence of the root part in a humid environment, and water does not linger in the soil for long. Any soil mixture is suitable for growing. You can purchase the most common, designed for most indoor flowers. This method of growing and somewhat simplifies the care of the plant itself. Soil, like water, does not need to be changed every week.
A significant difference in care is regular and timely watering. The soil in the container with the plant should always be slightly moist, it should not be allowed to dry out. If Dracaena Sander was transferred from water to soil, then it is very important to constantly water it and carefully monitor the general condition and development until the bamboo finally takes root in a new place.
Watering in the autumn-winter period should be significantly reduced. It is important to prevent water stagnation in the soil. This can lead to the formation of mold, which is one of the main enemies of decorative bamboo. In order to prevent this disease, it is recommended that when planting, do not forget about the drainage layer and drainage holes in the flower pot.
Top dressings and fertilizers
Bamboo grown in the ground also needs timely top dressing in the form of fertilizers intended for various types of dracaena. They are introduced at intervals of 2-3 months along with irrigation water.
Methods for propagating indoor bamboo
Indoor bamboo can be propagated in several different ways: seeds (in rare cases), cuttings, offspring and top shoots. It will take a lot of time and effort to propagate by offspring and tops. Such methods are considered difficult. Growing bamboo by seed is even more difficult, and indoors is almost impossible. Sowing seeds, the appearance of seedlings and long-term care for them is a laborious and long process. Therefore, most often flower growers use one method — cuttings. It is considered the most affordable and suitable for this exotic specimen.
Reproduction of indoor bamboo cuttings
It is recommended to propagate indoor bamboo cuttings in the spring. As planting material, young shoots are used, which just at this time appear on a mature plant. They must be carefully separated or cut from the main stem and planted in the ground for rooting.
The soil for germinating the root part is the same as for an adult plant. Bamboo is a fast growing plant. This quality extends not only to its stem, but also to the root system. Therefore, the container for the handle must be selected spacious and medium in height. Even with small cuttings, the pot will very quickly become bamboo in size.
You can simplify the breeding procedure by combining it with the next transplant of a houseplant, which experienced flower growers recommend once a year or every two years. Spring is also a favorable time for transplanting, as is propagation by cuttings. It is very important to pay great attention to the newly transplanted plant and young cuttings, in order to avoid various difficulties and problems with their growth and development in a new place and in a new status.
The main care is regular watering and loosening the soil. Watering is carried out daily and only with settled irrigation water with a temperature of not less than 22-25 degrees Celsius. A mandatory water procedure is the wet wiping of the leaf part of the plant from dust.
Loosening the soil is also very important for the development of indoor flower. Young cuttings, or rather their root part, will be able to get the necessary amount of fresh air, which will contribute to better root formation and rooting in new conditions.
Decorative bamboo or Sander’s dracaena can feel great and fully develop in various conditions. This unpretentious indoor plant does not differ in its external qualities depending on the place of cultivation. It develops equally favorably in both water and soil. With proper care, bamboo will turn an ordinary home or work space into a cozy tropical corner. The rapid growth of this exotic representative is able to create home comfort and a pleasant atmosphere in a short time.