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Bamboo plant in pebbles and FOAM?

 
Ted Ge
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I received my bamboo plant in a ceramic pot. The pot is filled with pebbels/rocks, but underneath that I noticed its sitting in foam. Should I remove the plant and clean out the ceramic pot and remove the foam or is the foam needed? Also, if I do remove the foam I am assuming the pebbles will sit lower than when I got the plant because they are sitting on the foam. Would I need to add more pebbles after?
 
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If you are referring to a "lucky bamboo" plant that is normally placed in stones and then water, it's actually a dracaena, not bamboo. You can remove the plant and place it in soil if you want. The stones and foam aren't necessary. If you prefer to keep it in water, then just make sure you fertilize it (weakly) every once in a while as the water itself won't provide many nutrients.
 
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Yes it's lucky bamboo.,my initial thought is the foam is there to hold it up because it's 4 bamboo stalls braided together. I wonder if I remove the foam if it will be able to stand straight in just pebbles. I guess the foam is there for a reason. Hopefully it won't affect the growth of my lucky bamboo
 
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if this is typical green floral foam (often called "Oasis", after a brand name), it's there to hold the plants in place and acts like a sponge to absorb and release water. It isn't required, but it isn't harmful.
 
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Steve Oh wrote:if this is typical green floral foam (often called "Oasis", after a brand name), it's there to hold the plants in place and acts like a sponge to absorb and release water. It isn't required, but it isn't harmful.


That's the thing, it's not the green typical foam. Its just regular white Styrofoam
 
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Ted Ge wrote:
Steve Oh wrote:if this is typical green floral foam (often called "Oasis", after a brand name), it's there to hold the plants in place and acts like a sponge to absorb and release water. It isn't required, but it isn't harmful.


That's the thing, it's not the green typical foam. Its just regular white Styrofoam


Really? I'd just throw that crap away. It's not helping anything.
 
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my daughter had some like that . she said it was turning yellow so i repotted it in promix. man they took right off! gained a ft. of growth in 2 weeks!
 
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