Q.Did I Just Kill My Lucky Bamboo?
I have never potted my own lucky bamboo before and I thought I could just pot it in pebbles and water like the pre-potted plants I’ve had before. But I must have screwed up somewhere. I did accidentally start of with tap water, but realized my error and cleaned everything and am now using purified water (I’ve heard 50/50 on purified vs distilled). Is it too late?
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Two things come to mind.
They don't tolerate bright, direct light. These, being different than actual bamboo, can't tolerate the bright light that bamboo can. They should be located in a bright but indirect light situation.
Another possibility is root rot. Since that water remains still, and does not get aerated, it will need to be changed pretty frequently. Drops of liquid fertilizer will come in handy, as well.
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