Lucky Bamboo Cutting?

I picked up some really long Lucky Bamboo stalks (18") this week and they are too tall for my vase. If I cut them in half or by 1/3rd will the lower portion (with the roots) sprout new branches and will the upper portion (with 2 branches each) re-root?
And yes, I realize this isnt bamboo, but this question isnt about species, just propagating what I have.
thanks!!
chaz
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g'day chaz,
each ring on the stem is a growth nodule, so if you have a couple of those nodules in soil they will grow roots, if above soil they will grow leaves.
you can cut them (i can't tell you where as i can't see the plants) and simply stick them in water they will take root. and the nodule on the original plant below you cut will grow new leaf buds. they are a "Dracaena sanderiana". cloesely related to the 'cordalines', they will all grow the same.
len
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g'day len, and THANKS for the help!
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Just curious. . .I also have a vase full of Lucky Bamboo on my kitchen counter. It has grown really tall and looks quite healthy.
I hadn't realized it wasn't really a true bamboo. My question is - how will this stuff grow, planted in the garden? Will it completely take over, like "real" bamboo will? Is it best to keep it containerized?
Myrl Jeffcoat http://www.myrljeffcoat.com
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It is a tropical plant and dislikes cold. In Hawaii, it should grow well in shade. I have found these (lucky bamboo) to grow well in one location and not-at-all in another location. I have one plant that has stayed the same size the past three years, yet another has grown 4 feet tall. I have not tried taking stem cuttings, but it should work. Lucky bamboo grows better in some non-organic material than plain water. They grow very well in "water beads" (I'm not sure what this garden product is called but it retains water and looks like pearly beads). Rooting in the water beads or vermiculite will produce a stronger root system (in most any plant) than using plain water. This is an "easy-to-grow" houseplant, provided the owner does not allow it to go dry.
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g'day myrl,
no won't take over it has no relationship to bamboo (not all bamboos are invasive either so don't be afraid to seek out some of the special looking ones for your gardens or big planter tubs). lucky bamboo (rip off name) is dracaena same as cordaline family (yukkas very close as well), they won't take over if yo plant a single stem it will grow as that a single stem so have no fear of using as garden specimen or planter specimen with other plants for decoration. just as with these sorts of plants you cut the growing top off to force them to bunch and plant the tops to get more plants.
enjoy there are many different colourings in this group of plants try them all as either lucky bamboo better description water plants or house or garden plants.
len
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Thanks so much for all the helpful info;-)
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