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Asked by
Sharalsonkc on
January 12, 2014

Q. bamboo palm (indoor) fungus in soil around roots

I have a bamboo palm I replanted late summer. I noticed this evening that some of the fronds are not thriving. Upon closer inspection, the soil has a grayish blue fungus or mold in the root system. That area of the plant was very dry. I haven’t been watering the plant but even the area of moist soil is fine. What can I do to rid the fungus/mold and revive this section of clumps? I’m wondering if I should cut that particular clump out.

Answered by
Heather on
January 12, 2014
Certified Expert
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With this plant, cutting that clump out is an option. I would recommend trying to use a fungicide first. You can just drench the soil with it and that should clear up the fungus on the soil and plant.

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Asked by
dtgmia on
April 22, 2017

Q. caring for potted bamboo palms on a windy waterfront terrace?

I have mature bamboo palms on a terrace. I live in a waterfront high-rise in Miami. The plants are about 8 feet tall, and I’ve had them about a year. The leaves continue to turn brown, and the plants don’t look as healthy as when I purchased them. What type of fertilizer is best? Or, do you think it’s the wind?

Answered by
Alisma on
April 26, 2017
Certified Expert
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Too little or too much water can cause browning leaves in potted plants. Too much wind or too much sun are other possibilities, since this plant prefers partial shade and semi-sheltered spots (though it does tolerate full sun, it may not look its best).

Browning leaves can sometimes be caused by salt in the soil or water supply. The bamboo palm does have moderate salt tolerance, but high salt levels could still make it unhealthy.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/what-causes-brown-edges-on-leaves-of-plant.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 15, 2017

Q. Bamboo help please

Hello, I have a thriving bamboo which is great, but there are several bamboo ‘canes’ appeared a few feet away from the main plant. Can I cut these without damaging the roots and if so will they harden to be able to use as supports for other plants ? They just look a bit daft popping up all over the garden !
Thankyou Caroline

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 16, 2017
Certified Expert
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Yes, you can cut the "child" shoots down without damaging the main plant, and if left alone long enough, they could harden into support stakes for the parent plant(s).

These articles will give you some additional information about growing bamboo:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/bamboo/common-bamboo-varieties.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/bamboo/caring-for-bamboo-plants-in-your-garden.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
July 18, 2018

Q. Transplanting Bamboo Palm

I live in an westerly facing apt. which gets sunlight reflected from the building across the street only for about a couple of hours a day. The article on your website about this plant said that it should be transplanted into a larger pot than what it’s sold in at the nursery, and then be placed bright indirect sunlight. Since my apt. gets mostly low light, will I kill a bamboo palm if I attempt to buy one and then transplant it and keep it in my apt.?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
July 19, 2018
Certified Expert
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You can use a grow light to help sublimate sunlight.
You may however do better with a plant that grows well in low light situations.
These articles will help you.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/hpgen/indoor-plants-that-need-low-light.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/hpgen/good-indoor-plants-with-flowers-for-low-light.htm

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