We transferred a root bound plant to a new vase with distilled water. Before that it was in tap water. It is now yellowing and a stalk is wrinkling. This plant is about 10 years old and was kept on a window sill. I have kept it out of direct light. Even after the transfer, the water is continuing to smell and I’m afraid to change the water again. I saw a suggestion to remove rocks and keep in just water as it may be the rocks. I also thought about putting in soil. I hate to lose this wonderful plant. I hope you can help.
I am wondering if it's because you've changed the location of the plant or if you've put a different fertilizer in the water. You may want to remove the bad leaves and see if the plant perks up, but the smell in the water is suspect. See if this article helps:
I have this plant a couple of years and was doing very well up until now. What can I do to save the rest of the plant? In the photo the water looks white bit it’s not, it’s clear.
Changing the water frequently can help this situation. You should also avoid tap water as it can contain chemicals that will affect the plant. Here's an article that should help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/lucky-bamboo/growing-lucky-bamboo-indoor.htm
I noticed the other day that my lucky bamboo which I've had growing in soil for over a year, had fallen over. And the stalk near the earth was only about 1/4" thick, compared to the 3/8" stalk farther up the plant. It's about 20" tall in an 8"x 10" pot. 8" diameter, 10" tall plastic pot. It has good drainage. I'm thinking of cutting it back to be a smaller size. What do you think I should do?
I would first check the roots and make sure they are not dark or mushy. The article below tells you what to do if the roots are rotting. I also would suggest putting it in a smaller container. The plant isn't very big and the extra volume of soil may be keeping it saturated. The next article tells how to prune a lucky bamboo, followed by bamboo care.
Pruning Lucky Bamboo Plants: Tips On Cutting Back A Lucky Bamboo Plant
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?
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.
Here are some articles that will help:
I recently bought a lucky bamboo plant and have a cat. So, I’m wondering if this plant is toxic to my cat and what I should do if it is?
Lucky bamboo is in the dracaena family and is not actually bamboo. Dracaena is on the ASPCA toxic list, so you will need to place your lucky bamboo in a place that your cat does not have access to. Ingestion can cause vomiting, dilated pupils, depression. A veterinarian should be contacted as soon as possible.
i bought a stick of bamboo from IKEA around a year ago and didnt expect much to come from it. i have had it in a vase with water since then. the leaves at the top are starting to wilt and die. do i need to transfur it to soil soon of is it to late? andy help would be much appreciated (:
You can continue to grow it in water, but the water needs to be changed regularly, preferably filtered water.
I have had this plant since 2006. It was interwoven with multiple others ones that have died and these are the remaining ones. The base of the plants are really thin. One plant can’t stand by itself. I am not sure where to trim and propagate each plant.
It needs to be grown in soil to be healthy. Growing them in water should be considered temporary, since they will start looking pretty rough after while.
Transplanting it in soil, and allowing it to dry out pretty well between watering will keep it healthy. This article will help you with its general care: