well if you are talking about lucky bamboo, which is Dracaena Sanderana, it will work, but the thing is, they dont grow. They are the tops cut of of the orginal plant, and all they will do is grow leaves, and roots. I have lots of these plants around my house, and one stuck in the back of my aquarium. If you want really large stalks, go on ebay, or just search for lucky bamboo online, you will find tons of info, and people selling stalks of 5 feet or more, in straight, spirals, and curved shapes. they will grow in substrate i keep my plants in silca sand in jars, epoxy coated aquarium gravel and they do very well, they arent very expensive so try it out.