Top Questions About Lucky Bamboo Plants

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Questions About Lucky Bamboo Plants

Asked by
Rebecca Adkins on
April 12, 2015
Charleston WV

Q. How to care for indoor bamboo

I have a bamboo plant indoors that I have had roughly four years. It has only ever been in water, no soil. It is in a case, but as it grows taller it’s starting to fall over. I have no idea what to do with it now.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
April 12, 2015
Certified Expert
A.

You may want to move your plant to a pot now, instead of growing it in water.
Choose a pot that is adequate sized, but not to large. Use a good potting soil mix.

Here is a link to help you get started.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/lucky-bamboo/growing-lucky-bamboo-indoor.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/hpgen/learn-more-about-repotting-houseplants.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 6, 2015

Q. My lucky bamboo plant stinks!

We have had a lucky bamboo for several years. Recently, it has begun to stink and mildew. What can I do to help it not smell? We had it in the kitchen window and put up shades a couple of weeks ago. Will it live outdoors, in Phoenix (110• summers)? It smells too bad to keep inside right now, but we do not want to get rid of it. I changed the water out twice in the last week, but it still stinks! Please help us keep our plant alive.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 10, 2015
Certified Expert
A.

Your bamboo may have developed root rot.
Keeping the water clean is very important.
You can try dipping the roots in a fungicide.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/disease/treating-root-rot-gardening-tips-for-housplants.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/lucky-bamboo/growing-lucky-bamboo-indoor.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
August 16, 2015

Q. Potted plant on vibrating air conditioner

Is it generally ok for a plant’s health if it is placed on top of a wall air conditioning unit? It doesn’t get very hot, but it does vibrate. Weight will reduces this vibration. I am considering placing a small potted palm and/or a lucky bamboo but I don’t want to do harm! I’ve nowhere else in the little alcove for any plants and can’t drill into the wall. Please help!

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
August 17, 2015
Certified Expert
A.

The main concern here is not so much the vibrating but the draft or cold air come from the A/C itself (provided this will be indoors). This can oftentimes be detrimental to houseplants. If you have a cool-hardy plant, this may not be a big issue. If it's outdoors, then the opposite may occur--too much warm air coming from the unit.

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Asked by
littleitalian_14701 on
September 7, 2015
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Q. replanting lucky bamboo plant

I have a lucky bamboo plant that is way too big for the pot it is in. I want to put it in a bigger pot but am very nervous. It is in water with little stones. Do I pot it the same way but only in a bigger pot with just water and stones or dirt?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
September 9, 2015
Certified Expert
Asked by
Lizzie62040 on
November 24, 2015
62040

Q. Lucky Bamboo Indoor plant

I was given a lucky bamboo plant because it is slowly trying to die. Is there a way I can cut the stalk or take off the part growing leaves to start a new plant or keep this one alive? All my leaves are droopy and turning yellow.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
November 25, 2015
Certified Expert
A.

You can cut the top of the Lucky Bamboo and reroot.
You will need to cut it with a clean sharp knife.
Dip the cut end in root hormone and let it dry on the stem for a few hours.
Then place the cutting in bottled water, about 1 ".
Keep the water level constant and watch for the new roots.

These articles should help you.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/lucky-bamboo/growing-lucky-bamboo-indoor.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/lucky-bamboo/lucky-bamboo-rotting.htm

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Asked by
shrannells on
February 4, 2016
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Q. Lucky Bamboo

I’ve had a lucky bamboo for a number of years and it has grown a lot. Now the leaves are turning yellow and dying. I have separated the three stalks and put them in two separate vases and they are growing new roots but I’m still losing leaves. Do they eventually grow too much and die, or is there something I can do to save them?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
February 6, 2016
Certified Expert
A.

Make sure you are changing the water every 2 to 4 weeks.
Tap water that contains salts can cause leaf yellowing. Use distilled water for your Bamboo.
Make sure they are not in to bright of a light, indirect light is best.

Here are some links with more information.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/lucky-bamboo/growing-lucky-bamboo-indoor.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/lucky-bamboo/lucky-bamboo-rotting.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
August 15, 2016

Q. small brown spots and yellow-brown leaf tips

My indoor -in water- bamboo plant has suddenly developed small brown spots on the leaves and some of the leaves are yellow to brownish. What should I do? The plant is about 3yrs old and was a gift. I would like to keep it healthy.

Thank you for your help.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
August 15, 2016
Certified Expert
A.

Here is a link with care information.

It could be suffering from fungus and a treatment with Neem Oil may help.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/lucky-bamboo/growing-lucky-bamboo-indoor.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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