Plant Care Information
Scientifically, the plant which is commonly referred to as Lucky Bamboo is in fact a member of the Dracaena family. These plants are well-known for their durability under adverse indoor conditions. Because of it's ease of care, and it's apparent resemblance to the true bamboos, many species of Dracaena are now cultivated.
Caring for your lucky bamboo plants is very easy. Follow these two simple steps:
Keep roots below water level at all times
Keep plant out of direct sunlight
In areas where the water is heavily treated with chlorine or fluoride, the leaf tips or edges of the lucky bamboo may become yellow or brown. This condition can also be caused by too many salts in the water, such as in softened water. Thus, simply allow your water to rest for 24 hours before using, allowing the chlorine and fluoride to dissipate. In the situation of salts, try using distilled water.
Lucky bamboo grows naturally under the shady canopies of taller rain forest trees. Thus, perfect conditions for a strong and healthy plant is an indoor location with no direct sunlight. They will also grow well under artificial lighting, such as in office buildings.
Feeding Your Lucky Bamboo
Most local water provides no nutrients, the best food for lucky bamboo plants is the use of a very dilute solution of plant food. Our Super Green fertilizer is pre-mixed for lucky bamboo. Because lucky bamboo does not use soil to buffer the fertilizer acids and salts, the roots are easily burned if the solution is too strong. (Dilute Miracle-Gro is too strong.)
Tillandsia, also known as air plants, are an easy to care for plant that requires no soil to live. All you plants will need is light, water and air to thrive in it's new home.
Bright filtered light is what air plants prefer, but they will tolerate most environments. The best rule to help ensure your air plant is getting enough light is to make sure the strength of the light matches your humidity. Air plants love light, and lots of it, but if there is no water in the air the plant will end up getting sunburned. This will hurt or possibly even kill your plant. To avoid this, don't leave your tillandsia in full sunlight and if you notice that the seasons are changing and your plant is getting more light/heat, make sure to give them more water.
Water is probably the most difficult thing to learn to give your air plant. Since tillandsia aren't planted, they don't absorb water through their roots. Instead they absorb water through tiny silvery-grey scales called trichromes.
To water your air plants, give them a shower twice a week and a bath once a month. A shower consists of misting with a spray bottle. A bath is a little more difficult and there is some debate about how long to let them soak. Some people will tell you that your air plants need to be soaked anywhere from minutes to hours; however, this is not true. Over-soaking your tillandsia, depending on the type, may even kill your plant. Bulbosas and Medusaes are some of the air plants that their bulbs will absorb water and become waterlogged and rot from the inside out.
The best way to give your tillandsia a bath, without over-watering it, is to watch the trichromes. These tiny scales are usually a silvery-grey color and you should be able to see them with the naked eye...and maybe some glasses. Once your plant is submerged in the water, you will see the trichromes start to turn green. This means they have absorbed all the water they can hold and your plant's bath is over.
Air is probably the only thing you will give your tillandsia and not really need to think about it. Generally speaking the only tillandsia needs is air flow. They are plants and they do need oxygen to survive, as long as your plant has this it should be ok.
The exception to this simple care is if you live in an extremely dry climate or run your air conditioner a lot. This means that there isn't a lot of water or humidity in your air. If your plant can't draw water from the air, this means you will have to water it more often and also that your tillandsia may be more susceptible to leaf burn.
If you have really low humidity in your home, it may be a good idea to place a source of water next to your tillandsia. A sink, fountain, or even a small dish filled with water is enough to raise the humidity around your air plant. This little boost in moisture can be the difference between a thriving and happy air plant and one that is crispy and barely alive.