Lucky bamboo plants for sale can be found at many stores from Walmart to Home Depot. Popular in Asia for many years, they have only relatively recently become popular in western populations. Many people buy their plants on a whim or get them as a gift, as they are readily available in so many places. While it is feasible to find healthy plants at these place, typically the best place to buy your lucky bamboo is from a local florist shop. The reason for this is that the plants will often be healthier to start with and have proper care from the shop owner. A florists shop should also be able to advise you how to take proper care of your plants which regular garden department workers may not be able to do. If you are unable to find your plant locally there are various places you can order them online such as here. I haven’t personally had to order my plant online, but even if you got a plant that was less than optimally healthy, lucky bamboo does spring back well and is rather hardy.
Picking Out Your Plant!
When picking out your lucky bamboo plant in person take note of the height of the stalks. If they have a cut off look then this is as tall as they will grow- although sprouts off of this stalk will continue to grow with proper care can reach ten or twenty feet in some cases. Also be aware of the various designs that lucky bamboo can come in. It’s much easier to buy them already spiraled or in a heart shape than try and do this yourself at home later.
When you go to pick out your plant in person, examine the color of the stalks and leaves. Yellowing indicates that the plant is unhealthy or not being properly cared for. Bright green robust leaves, on the other hand, are a good sign indicate that the plant is, or was healthy in the near past.
When you pick out your lucky bamboo you want to get the healthiest plant that you can. In some cases, unhealthy or poorly rooted plants are shipped from growers to the stores and in other cases the stores neglect the plants or don’t properly care for them. For this reason, it’s a good idea to check out the plant roots as well. Most lucky bamboo comes in water and the plant can be simply picked up out of the water. The plant should have a good amount of roots that are long and a dark orange color. If you detect whitish, new root shoots then you can tell that the plant was happy enough to continue growing in its previous home (or maybe even in the store), so this is an especially good sign.
If you need to learn about re-potting your plant or lucky bamboo care you can check out our lucky bamboo plant page.