I was given a bamboo shoot about three inches long in a cup...

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Question: I was given a bamboo shoot about three inches long in a cup of water, and was told to change the water every two weeks. Question: Will the bamboo grow in soil, and if so, how often do I water it and what kind of soil do I use?

Answer: Lucky bamboo is also known as Dracaena sanderiana. It will grow equally well in water or in well-drained potting soil. The soil should be kept damp. It prefers low or indirect light. Dark-colored bowls are preferable to clear ones because they discourage algae growth. Other plants that can be grown in water are English ivy, devil’s ivy, wandering Jew, and arrowhead vine. Good luck.
–Gardening experts George and Becky Lohmiller, Hancock, New Hampshire