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The optimum temperature for a bamboo plant is between 65 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Lucky bamboo plants may not survive in temperatures below 55 degrees Fahrenheit and should never be placed in front of an air conditioner. Just as direct sunlight should be avoided, extreme heat should also be avoided. Never place your plant near a heat source such as a heating vent or wood stove. Lucky bamboo does not require any regular fertilizer and can survive for years in nothing but clean water.

If you do choose to fertilize your plant, use only fertilizers made for lucky bamboo. A plant food called Green Green is popular with many growers of lucky bamboo plants.

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A Houseplant That Grows In Water: Lucky Bamboo Care Tips

Lucky bamboo problems occur for a number of reasons; take precautions to prevent and fix any issues that arise while caring for your lucky bamboo. From algae to the wrong water, learn how to combat the problems which can take hold in your plant through a variety of ways. Since lucky bamboo is generally grown hydroponically at nurseries and green houses, most people keep their bamboo in a vase of water and pebbles when they bring it home.

The type of vase your lucky bamboo lives in makes a huge difference as to whether or not it develops an algae problem. Clear vases expose the water in the vase to too much light. The light reacts with the algae spores, causing them to bloom or grow. While too much light can cause algae growth, not enough light can cause your bamboo to fade in color.

While you need to keep your bamboo is an opaque vase, you also need to ensure it gets plenty of indirect light, meaning it can be near, but not in, a window. Algae also thrive in nutrient rich water. Phosphates and nitrates are a favorite food source of algae. Many plant foods contain both nitrates and phosphates; overfeeding your lucky bamboo could be the cause of your algae problem, in addition to yellowing of the leaves.

If your bamboo is suddenly showing yellowing leaves, this could be caused by using the wrong water. Tap water is full of things like chlorine and fluoride, which can cause your bamboo to begin to yellow or turn brown. Using distilled or filtered water will prevent this yellowing from occurring. If you must use tap water and you know it has high levels of chlorine, keep it in a container on the counter for 24 hours before using it. Changing location or being out of water for too long can do it too.

Hope that helps, Nell. I have 2 Lucky Bamboo plants in drinking glasses on my table on my verandah in Thailand.

How to Care for Lucky Bamboo

They get low morning sunlight from the East. The rest of the day they are in shade. A lovely plant is the Lucky Bamboo. Happiness, Health and Wealth…. They definitely work in Thailand. Thailand would be very well suited for growing LB, as you well know. I have a lucky bamboo that is 10 yrs old.

Very hard to keep it standing up. What do you recommend? New heads will eventually appear. I am going to follow on a question above. Also how do they get them to have the curl in them? The growers put the twist in them by training the new, softer growth. Well I am becoming a bit of an expert on Lucky Bamboo. It seems to me they need slightly acidic water on the pH scale. So I am trying a very very dilute lime juice solution in bottled water. Seems to be working fine.

And my Lucky Bamboo came from naturally grown plants living and thriving under a canopy of palm trees next door to my Thai Spirit Homes with nobody looking after them. I remain confident of Health, Wealth and Happiness. And the LB definitely looks good. I reckon I could grow an LB in Cupertino. Donna — Algae forms when the water is exposed to sunlight. I do like a hardy low maintenance plant.

One of my favourites is Aloe Vera. Looks nice, very low maintenance and the gel that you can extract from the leaves has medicinal properties. Quite how the Aloe Vera actually produces the liquid gel given virtually no water is an absolute miracle. A Desert Rose also defies the odds. Keep planting and caring. Without plants the human race would be extinct. They will be in a clear vase with clear pebbles et rocks. Is it ok to use seashells? Not sure if I remember correctly that it is a no-no.

Hi Penny — Algae forms in sunlight so keep your vase or container out of the sun. Rinse the roots off thoroughly. Just be sure to rinse the vase out well so there are no traces of H2O2. Hi Zita — Your tap water may be just fine. Now it looks like 1 plant. Do I need to transfer them to another pot with soil? I have been growing the bamboo plant in soil. Can I just take it out of the dirt, wash off the roots, and place in a water vase?

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I have a lucky bamboo that is several years old and is doing great. It is in a 4 inch pot in stone s. Should it be repotted or is it ok in that pot? I have a lot of brown at the end of the leaves and the roots are growing up the stocks. Should I take the roots down to the bottom, and just leave a little bit of water as you suggested? I live in So. Thanks for any advice! They grow in water or soil — not your bad at all!

I know there was some research be done on that subject but I never saw if they came to any conclusions. A bit of brown tipping is normal. Hello Nell I had a chinese bamboo plant given to me about 6 years ago. It is in a pot which is 2 inches dia. It has 2 stalks with 2 stems of foliage on one and 1 on the other. The foliage stems are now twice the height that it was.

It sits in a bowl with plenty of room around in my bath it but I only water it about every 5 days and it seems to be doing ok except for the brown tips and your advice to others has helped me out here. Should I transplant it and how do I get it out of this container without damaging it as it seems to be sealed in 2. Are the foliage stems very thin because of crowding in pot Thanking you Carol. I bought a small 3 inch bamboo in a decorative desk vase and my plant was getting way too big, so I put in a large glass vase with rocks, as it grew more the roots broke through the vase, what a mess, it ruined an electrical box due to being on a counter above it.

Should I cut the roots back often and if so around how much?


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Yes Donna, you can trim the roots of your Lucky Bamboo. I have 2 stalks of lucky bamboo that I bought a few months ago in a little pot with soil.


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It has always been very healthy looking and grows well, and I water them every now and again with bottled water. Few days ago I noticed the stem of one of the stalk turning yellow right at the top, and the yellowing is slowly spreading downwards and also into the leaves. Thank you so much for the post Nell! I tried them just in water with the glass beads a couple of times but they never did well.

This one seems to being doing much better. I searched several sights for information about how to grow them and yours by far is the best.

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I was given one and it has a lot of tall leave on it, taller than the plant itself. Should I be cutting them back? Hi Jean — It could be water quality, over watering or too much light. It may have stared before you even bought it. The roots are so intertwined, I feel that breaking the vase is the only way. I have a LB that came potted in dirt with pebbles on top. Is it possible to remove it from the soil and clean the roots so I can grow it it water? Thank you so much Laura — I appreciate that!

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This response is certainly delayed but I have so many comments to answer that it takes a while. Unfortunately, one of the outer circle, lower stalks died.

I need to know if I should yank it out, leave it or what I should do. Hello Nell, I have just purchased the Lucky Bamboo.