Do I need to repot my lucky bamboo?
Bamboo is a variety of grass. The many ranges of bamboo are members of the Poaceae (Gramineae) family. All categories fall into 2 main growing types: running and clumping. Clumping ranges made a clump at the base, while running ranges spread out and take over neighboring ground quicker. All ranges of bamboo can be grown in pots, and the clumping ranges do not outgrow their pots as fast as the running kind. In either case, bamboo requires to be repotted every 3 to 5 years, perfectly before it becomes root-round because the roots of this plant can crowd the container and definitely break it.
How to repot
- Work a slow-release fertilizer into best standard potting soil according to the label ways. The fertilizer should have top nitrogen and low potash content, such as 17-6-10 or 28-14-15. On the other hand, you can use a soil-based fertilizer mixture.
- Expand a layer of rocks or damaged pottery in the bottom of a low-profile container with drainage holes. This contains ballast to the bamboos pot and saves the soil from coming out of the drainage holes during watering. Use a container that is wider that is tall and gives a best anchor for the bamboo to stop tipping over. The fresh pot should be several inches big in diameter than the bamboos existing pot, leaving at two inches between the root ball of this plant and the wall of the pot. Pour the potting soil combine over the rock layer.
- Delete this plant from the present pot and shake off any loose soil. Place the root ball in the new pot and backfill around it with the potting soil combination. Pack the soil strongly around the bamboo, get rid of air pockets. Water this plant well.
- The larger the root ball, the taller lucky bamboo will grow
- Position this plant in full to partial shade to save it from wind. Keep it best watered
- This is known as lucky bamboo is not a bamboo at all. If your plant improves in standing water, it is not a true bamboo.
- Discard the old soil and change with new before place the root ball back into the container. You may also have to reduce some of the growth above the soil area. Another choice is to divide the root ball into little root balls and pot each in a separate container.