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Lotus Bamboo Care

 

                                         

                                           Lotus Bamboo
                                                   Dracaena compacta

          Lotus bamboo is also known as rose bamboo or flower bamboo. It is so named because its leaf bracts resemble lotus flowers. Maintain the stems in a vase with 2 inches of clean water and a few squirts of Green Green fertilizer. Care for lotus bamboo is very similar to lucky bamboo except that it likes slightly more light and fertilizer. There is more detailed information on our Lotus Bamboo Care Below .

 

           LotusBamboo

                  Dracaena compacta

          Lotus bamboo is also known as rose bamboo or flower bamboo. It is so named because its leaf bracts resemble lotus flowers. This beautiful plant will grace your home for many years.

 

 

Light, Temperature, and Water Requirements

           Lotus bamboo prefers the same care as lucky bamboo. Moderate or indirect light is preferred without direct sunlight. Temperatures should be between 65–95º F. Fresh clean water is essential to maintain the plants and the roots should always be wet or moist. Maintain a water level of 1.5˝–2˝; more than that and the lotus bamboo will grow roots higher up the stem. Replace the vase water with fresh water once every other month. Tap water is sufficient if chlorine levels are low. It is best if you leave a pitcher of tap water sitting out overnight to let the chlorine evaporate before watering your lotus bamboo the next day. Unfortunately, fluoride does not evaporate and it is toxic to lotus bamboo. If fluoride levels are high in your tap water, it is recommended that you use a non-fluoridated water source. Fertilizing every 3–4 weeks with Green Green will promote vigorous growth. Fertilizing is more critical for lotus bamboo than lucky bamboo.

Ambient Air Conditions and Maintenance

           Good air movement and occasional pruning are essential for maintaining the lovely appearance of lotus bamboo. The top foliage should have enough air space to allow evaporation of any accumulated moisture. The stems may grow 5–7˝ a year and proper shaping and pruning adds beauty and strength to lotus bamboo stems. Remove any yellowing or browning foliage promptly. Brown tips caused by dry air may be trimmed with sharp scissors; dull scissors cause bruising and discoloration.

Other Care Considerations

           Lotus bamboo will grow for years with proper care. Watch for mold that may develop on damp surfaces such as its container, nearby plants, etc. Remove mold with cotton swabs dipped in rubbing alcohol before it spreads to the lotus bamboo. Also watch for common houseplant pests such as spider mites and mealy bugs. If necessary, treat with weekly applications of mild insecticidal soap such as Safers according to manufacturer’s instructions.