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Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena braunii)

Dracaena braunii, more commonly known as Lucky Bamboo, is a great vivarium plant to have in any enclosure. Although most people consider Lucky Bamboo more of a houseplant, with the right environmental conditions it can thrive in an enclosure with or without animals.

It is great for beginners who are still new to the vivarium world as it is relatively easy to care for, as long as you understand the environment it needs in order to thrive.

Quick Stats:

Scientific Name: Dracaena braunii

Family: Agavaceae

Common Names: Lucky Bamboo, Ribbon Dracaena

Habitat: Tropical and Subtropical regions 

Height Range: 6 to 10 inches

PH Range: 6.0 to 7.0

Temperature Range: 68°F to 82°F

What Is A Lucky Bamboo?

Dracaena braunii, also known as lucky bamboo, is a species of a flowering evergreen perennial plant native to tropical and subtropical regions of Africa and Asia. It is a compact plant characterized by 2-4 canes, each topped with a tuft of foliage.

Lucky bamboo is made up of soft but sturdy clumping stalks that are easy to care for and grows in densely packed sections. It is a popular houseplant that has made its way into the vivarium hobby due to its unique aesthetics and easy care.

Dracaena Braunii "Lucky Bamboo" Care Guide | Tropical Plants

Lucky Bamboo Facts

Although considered a type of bamboo, Dracaena braunii is not related to true bamboo! It has been given the nickname “lucky bamboo” due to its symbolism and representation of good luck. Lucky bamboo is a type of plant that is said to bring positive energy into a space.

It is also believed to bring good fortune, health, prosperity, and longevity when grown in an area. Lastly, it is one of the most popular plants used in Feng Shui due to its meaning and symbolism. 

Description

Dracaena is a short, compact plant that usually grows to be about 6 to 10 inches tall with a few long, thin stems. Its stems are a deep shade of green, sometimes with yellow striations along the sides. Each stem is topped with a tuft of small, narrow dark green leaves.

Lucky bamboo is easy to shape because of its soft woody base and its stems can be wound around driftwood and rocks within the vivarium.

Habitat

Dracaena are native to tropical and subtropical regions of Africa and Asia. It is commonly found in moist, warm regions with high levels of humidity and indirect light.

PH Preference

Dracaena prefers a slightly acidic to neutral pH level of around 6.0 to 7.0. Any other PH level could cause the plant’s leaves to yellow or develop brown spots.

Vivarium Type

There is no set type of enclosure that the Lucky Bamboo must be grown in. In fact, they can do very well in a variety of vivarium types. One of the most important things to keep in mind when choosing the appropriate enclosure is the amount of space available.

In addition, Dracaena braunii should also be provided with tropical and moist terrain areas. Here are recommended vivariums it will do well in:

  • Paludariums – Half aquatic/ half terrain-based enclosure.
  • Terrariums – Fully terrain-based enclosures with little to no aquatic features.
  • Ripariums – Mostly aquatic-based enclosures with some terrain features present.

Vivarium Placement

Dracaena braunii requires bright, indirect light. If you have one of these Lucky Bamboos in your vivarium and are wanting to display it in the foreground, you will need to make sure it does not get direct sunlight, or else the leaves will scorch and die.

This plant can also do well in higher levels of humidity if not constantly submerged in water but it should never be submerged fully.

Substrate

Dracaena’s substrate preference is moisture-rich soil that is not just damp but not too wet either. Soil should be very porous and free-draining, with additional organic-rich material such as peat moss, vermicompost, or a terrarium substrate mix.

Lighting

Dracaena should be placed in bright, indirect light. While it tolerates partial sunlight, too much will burn the leaves and cause damage to the plant. When setting up lighting within the terrarium, avoid any type of light that produces UV. Aim for cooler color lights that mimic a partially shaded forest, like LEDs!

Buy Lucky Bamboo

When it comes to buying a Lucky Bamboo, there are a few things to keep in mind. Making sure that the plant being bought is healthy is essential for its success in a vivarium.

Vegetation that is already in poor conditions, will have a very hard time adjusting to new environments. Always make sure to buy from a reliable and honest establishment. Whether it is an online store or a physical location should not matter.

In addition, always check the foliage closely for yellowing, wilting, black spots, or any signs of damage. Pay close attention and look for any pests or fungal diseases. Inspect both sides of the leaves to avoid missing any red flags.  

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Lucky Bamboo Care and Propagation

Dracaena Braunii is not as easy to propagate as moss or other low-light plants but with patience, it can be done. You can propagate new plants from stem cuttings by cutting off pieces of a stem and putting them into rooting hormone and then potting them in soil.

It generally takes around 8-12 weeks before the cuttings have enough of a root system to get it to the point of transplantation.

How to grow

To get the best growth out of Dracaena Braunii, it is important to keep the soil lightly moist all the time. Water it when the top inch of soil looks dry and never let it get soggy. Fertilize your Dracaena Braunii with a balanced liquid fertilizer, every two weeks during the growing season and every month during the winter.

Watering

When watering your Dracaena Braunii, it is best to use soft, acidic water. Chlorinated tap water can cause the leaves to burn, so if you use tap water, give it some time to sit out to allow the chlorine to evaporate before using it.

You should also mist the foliage of the plant once a week. This is important as it increases the humidity in the air and prevents the leaves from drying out.

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Adding diversity to an enclosure is key to an aesthetically pleasing setup. Try mixing up the look of your vivarium with different flora that can easily co-exist in the same types of environment.

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Conclusion

Dracaena braunii is a great tropical terrarium plant that is easy to care for and adds a lot of visual interest to your enclosure. With the proper lighting, water, and environment, this plant which is usually seen as a houseplant can be grown just as well in a vivarium. With its simple care needs and well-deserved place in Feng Shui, Lucky Bamboo is an ideal companion to any terrarium.

Frequently Asked Questions

Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena braunii) is a versatile and easy to care for houseplant that is popular for its lowmaintenance qualities and the many varieties of sizes and shapes it comes in. Lucky Bamboo is known to be a powerful air purifier, removing toxins from the environment and creating a healthier indoor atmosphere. It also has long been known to bring good luck and happiness and is believed to bring prosperity and wellbeing.

Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena braunii) should be placed in a spot with bright, indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight, which can cause the leaves to burn.

You should also make sure the plant is nearby a source of humidity, such as a humidifier or a bathroom.

Room temperature should be moderatearound 68-82°Fand the soil should remain lightly moist.

In a terrarium, it can be placed in the middle or back to create a focal point.

Yes! Lucky bamboo is an excellent indoor plant. It is attractive, easy to care for, and can improve air quality. It is also said to bring good luck and fortune to the home. Lucky bamboo is a great choice for anyone looking for a beautiful, low maintenance addition.

No, lucky bamboo does not attract bugs. In fact, its tough, waxy leaves and thick stalks make it an unfriendly host for impending pests. Lucky bamboo also requires minimal care, so there is less likelihood of parasites or infestations.

Yes, you can buy a lucky bamboo plant for yourself! There are a variety of places where you can buy a lucky bamboo plant, including local nurseries, garden centers, grocery stores, and online nurseries.

However, it‘s believed that bamboo plants are considered lucky if given as a gift; luck won‘t be passed on if the plant is not gifted.

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