Caring for lucky bamboo
I purchased a bamboo plant just over a year ago and I’ve just barely gotten the hang of it. I bought a lucky bamboo plant that stood at about a foot tall. It had six stalks and was resting in about two to three inches of water and small rocks. It all depends on the type of bamboo plant and the environment that it is in that dictate how quickly or large it will grow. Shortly after having it I became frustrated with how slowly it was growing. I bought some plant fertilizer and I would drop two to three drops of the fertilizer in the water each day. About a month later I noticed that two of the stalks were turning yellow.
Bamboo plants do not need a lot of fertilizer. You can add fertilizer, but all it takes is one drop of fertilizer in a gallon of water. Certainly one or more drops were not needed in the cup to two cups of water that I was giving it each week. If your stalks begin to become light green then take a break from any amount of fertilizer to keep them healthy.
Bamboo plants need light
They don’t need a lot of light, only filtered light. You can put it next to a window where there is just the right amount of light that it needs. The filtered light is meant to mimic the amount of light they receive in their natural environment, a rainforest.
Bamboo plants need an environment that is neither too hot or too cold, a temperature of 70 is perfect for these plants, which is why they are one of the most common house plants. You can also spray the plant with a water bottle to give it some added humidity (Vanzile, 2013).
The most common problem with these plants are what is found in their water. The temperature, the light, and amount of humidity are all important factors in caring for a bamboo plant, but the water that it sits in is of utmost importance. Water from the tap contains chlorine, and this will slowly kill your bamboo plant, change the water to filtered water, and change it once a week (Vanzile, 2013).
When the stalks begin to turn yellow
If it begins to turn yellow there is almost nothing that can be done to bring it back to it’s full green color. You can try to cut the stalks where they are turning yellow and this will sometimes help to bring the stalk back to normal. My plant came with about six stalks and I am now down to three because I wasn’t aware of the type of environment that they needed. Now that I know the environment, and the type of water that they need, my plant has remained green and is slowly growing.
Vanzile, Jon (2013). Growing Lucky Bamboo. Retrieved from, http://houseplants.about.com/od/typesofhouseplants/a/LuckyBamboo.htm