How To Repot Lucky Bamboo

Written by Ivy

Dec 21 2021

How To Repot Lucky Bamboo
The soil or water of lucky Bamboo repotting cannot be changed at will. The main reason is that the growth structure of aquatic roots and native roots of plants is different, and their functions of absorbing nutrients and water are also different. Winter maintenance and prevention of freezing injury have little to do with hydroponic soil planting. This guide is shared from the aspects of lucky bamboo's growth habits, the transformation between hydroponic culture and soil planting, and the problems prone to lucky bamboo repotting.

Introduction to water culture and soil culture of lucky bamboo

Lucky bamboo in water: in short, it is a cultivation method with water as the medium. Lucky bamboo propagated in water has clear advantages. Watering can be omitted, which is clean, convenient and hygienic. At the same time, it is convenient to observe the growth of roots. Although lucky bamboos do not need to be watered frequently, they should also be changed frequently to keep the water quality clean at all times. In addition, lucky Bamboo vases should also be cleaned frequently, otherwise it is easy to produce scale and breed a series of bacteria and insects. The most obvious disadvantage is that the growth rate of lucky Bamboo in water culture will be slightly slower than that in soil. For some novice flower friends, they say that rooting and maintenance in the early stage of water culture is a difficult problem. In the later stage, keep the growth potential unchanged. After root development, it is easy to hinder growth due to limited growth space.
Compared with hydroponic culture, lucky bamboo in soil is a cultivation method with soil as the main cultivation medium. Lucky bamboo soil has obvious benefits, fast growth speed and germination ability, and strong growth in the later stage. In the early stage of growth, we should often water and moisturize. The disadvantage is that lucky Bamboo repotting grows rapidly after serving the basin, and it is easy to have lush upper leaves and feet falling off at the lower part. We need to correct it by pruning. Generally, it is treated by beheading and trimming the top. In addition, during lucky bamboo repotting, because the root system is intertwined, it is necessary to trim and disinfect the root system separately. (Read More: How To Trim Lucky Bamboo?)

Repotting skills of lucky bamboo hydroponic culture and soil culture:

How To Repot Lucky Bamboo

1. Lucky bamboo hydroponics:

(1) . Seedling selection and pruning: we generally select the branches with strong branches and leaves and no obvious diseases and insect pests on the stems as improved varieties for cultivation. After selecting the cuttings, we need to simply prune the purchased lucky Bamboo, first cut off the redundant branches and leaves at the base of the cuttings, and then cut 45 ° obliquely at the bottom with a small knife, and the incision must be kept smooth to increase its impact on the environment Absorption of water and nutrients.
(2) Water preparation Cultivation: if lucky bamboo repotting is selected for hydroponic cultivation, the requirements for water quality in the early stage are still relatively high. Generally, we often use purified water or tap water. If it is tap water, it needs to stand for 1-2 days to filter out the chlorine in the water before use. Before lucky bamboo repotting, we can put it in a water bottle appropriately One third of the water, then add 2-3g aspirin or rooting solution in an appropriate amount into the water, and then put the cut lucky Bamboo cuttings into the water bottle to wait for them to take root.
(3) Slow seedling maintenance: considering that lucky Bamboo repotting is relatively troublesome for many flower friends in the early stage of rooting, but as long as you pay attention to these points, you can enter normal management. Generally, change the water every 3-4 days. Usually, do not move the position of the water bottle or change the direction at will. Silvery white fibrous roots can grow in about 15 days. After they grow, they can be placed in a cool place with scattered light Enter the normal curing period in a ventilated environment.

2. Lucky bamboo soil culture:

(1) In the early stage of seedling selection and pruning, there is no doubt that it is basically different from hydroponics. Considering that the cultivation medium is soil, it is necessary to comprehensively consider its growth habits and then prepare soil selection pots.
(2) Soil preparation and basin selection: Lucky Bamboo potting does not have strict requirements on soil. Generally, we can select garden soil, rotten leaf soil and sand to mix and configure according to the ratio of 2:1:1. In the basin selection area, because it is not waterlogging resistant, we finally choose the flowerpot with good air permeability and drainage capacity. Generally speaking, it is relatively cheap earthenware basin or beautiful purple sand basin with good air permeability and slightly expensive price.
(3) Slow seedling maintenance: the new repotting lucky bamboo must be placed in a cool and ventilated place for slow seedling treatment, and then the leaves may turn yellow and fall during the slow seedling process. At this time, it is normal. Just remove or cut it until new roots and buds grow.
Problems needing attention in the repotting between hydroponic culture and soil culture of lucky bamboo
(1).Temperature demand of hydroponic lucky bamboo. The room temperature of hydroponic culture should be appropriate, and the indoor temperature should be controlled at about 20 ~ 30 ℃. In winter, it needs to be placed in a warm place for maintenance. If the temperature is lower than 5 degrees, it will stop growing, and yellow leaves and fallen leaves will even die of freezing injury.
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(2).Lucky bamboo takes root quickly in water culture. During lucky Bamboo repotting, we can trim all the leaves at the bottom of lucky Bamboo, cut a 45 degree slope at the root with scissors, and the water for hydroponic culture is preferably mineral water or purified water. The water level of the vase should be 1 / 3 of the depth of the bottle, then put lucky Bamboo cuttings into the bottle, place them in a warm and bright scattered light, and take root. Roots can be produced in about 15 ~ 20 days.
(3).Lucky bamboo has strong negative resistance and avoid direct sunlight. Lucky bamboos are planted in hydroponics, which are most suitable in shaded and bright scattered light. The light is too strong, lucky bamboo wilts, yellow leaves and slow growth.
(4).Before lucky Bamboo repotting takes root, we can change the water every three days. Do not change water frequently after rooting. In particular, it is not allowed to change the water at one time, and the water replenishment method should be adopted, that is, due to the absorption and evaporation of plants, the water level decreases, and water can be added to the bottle water, and the water level depth should not dare to the original water level.
(5).Turn hydroponic culture into soil culture. The roots grown by lucky bamboo hydroponic culture become water rooting. Aquatic roots are characterized by thin roots, white root color, no root hair, brittle texture and aerated growth structure. The root characteristics of soil planting growth are: the root system is strong, hard, dark color, growing root hair and ventilating tissue degradation.
Because the growth characteristics of the two roots are different, they can only adapt to different growth environments. If the water bacon system is moved to the pot soil for maintenance, its original old roots can only rot. similarly, if the soil planted lucky Bamboo is moved to the water culture, its roots will rot.
To convert hydroponic culture into soil culture, we must repot into nutrient soil when lucky bamboo roots germinate soon and grow about 3cm long, so as to convert aquatic roots into soil roots.
When soil culture is transformed into hydroponic culture, all soil roots need to be cut off and then implanted into water to induce soil rooting.

Lucky Bamboo Repotting FAQs

Lucky bamboo is robust and easy to maintain. However, after lucky Bamboo repotting, yellow leaves and rotten roots will also appear if it is not maintained properly.
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Yellow leaves after lucky Bamboo repotting

There are many reasons for the yellowing of leaves after lucky Bamboo repotting. The main reasons are that the young leaves turn yellow and dull due to improper watering for a long time. In this case, watering should be controlled. If the leaves turn yellow due to excessive watering, it is necessary to take off the basin, dry them in the shade, and then replant them.
Potted lucky bamboo, the lack of water in the basin soil or less watering will also cause the leaves to turn yellow. The main characteristics are that the old leaves wither and fall off from bottom to top, and the new leaves grow normally. If the leaves turn yellow due to this reason, the watering amount and times shall be increased appropriately.
The potted lucky bamboo has not changed pots for many years. The root system is intertwined, the root absorption is blocked, the plant can not get fertilizer, and the leaves will turn yellow. It is best to change the soil and pot once every two years. Precautions for hydroponic lucky bamboo have been discussed in detail above.

Rotten roots after lucky Bamboo repotting

Causes and solutions of rotten roots of lucky Bamboo in hydroponic culture. The main reason for the rotten roots of lucky Bamboo in hydroponic culture is that in the high temperature environment, the water quality is unclean and the fertilizer is surplus, especially the organic fertilizer is used as topdressing, resulting in water pollution.
After lucky bamboo repotting, if we find that the root system is rotten, we need to take out the plant, cut off all the rotten, soft and smelly roots with scissors, and if all the roots are rotten, we need to cut off all the rooting parts, keep the fresh and healthy stems and make them root again. Pour out all the water in the bottle, and disinfect the bottle with hot water, alcohol, carbendazim, etc. to prevent the residual bacteria from causing rotten roots again. If an aspirin tablet is added to the water, it can also prevent root rot.
The main measure to prevent rotten roots after lucky bamboo repotting is that we should apply less fertilizer, especially organic fertilizer. There are two main reasons for planting lucky bamboo repotting in soil, that is, too much watering and too much fertilization. Overwatering, the roots are soaked in water for a long time, and the respiration of plant roots is blocked. Over time, it will rot naturally. If the amount of fertilizer is too large, the soil fertility is surplus, the root system of the plant is burned by fertilizer damage, and root rot will also occur. In case of rotten roots, lucky Bamboo can be dug out, the root soil can be washed with water, the rotten roots can be cut off, after root pruning, it can be placed in carbendazim solution and soaked for about 10 minutes, and then the plants can be placed in a ventilated place to dry the roots and replanted in a basin.