Lucky Bamboo Plant care
How to care for your Lucky Bamboo?
You may have received a lucky bamboo bottle as a gift or bought one (or from us!). Lucky Bamboo plants are one of the easiest plants to take care of. Let’s start with the basic instructions for keeping it alive:
It's that simple. Follow these two rules and your plant will live for some time. If you want your lucky bamboo to flourish and last a few years, following the tips and instructions below.
More Care Tips and Instructions!
Tips to ensure a healthy and long-lasting Lucky Bamboo plant:
Lucky Bamboo will do best with moderate levels of indirect light. Do not expose plant to direct sunlight, such as a sunny windowsill. The direct sunlight is too strong for the plant and cause the leaves to warp and the leaves will turn brown. Lucky Bamboo should always be keep indoors.
Yacht Flowers highly recommend bottled water or filtered water. Tap water contains fluoride that will cause the tip of the leaves to turn brown. If you must use tap water, you can eliminate most of the fluoride and chemical by letting it sit 24 hours before adding it to the plant. To prevent the roots from drying, always keep the water level at least 1" high. Do not submerge the plants completely underneath the water. The top of the stalk much be exposing to air so that it can breathe properly. Change the water every 14 days to prevent the roots from rotting.
Only use plant food or fertilizers made specifically for Lucky Bamboo because Lucky bamboos do not require any nutrients or fertilizers. It can last for years just with clean water. Plant food or fertilizer can help aid the health of Lucky Bamboo plants.
What to do if the leaves are turning yellow?
The two most common reasons for yellow leaves are:
1. High fluoride in the water. A common problem for Lucky Bamboo plants are fluoride. Tap water contains fluoride that is not good for your plant. It can cause brown tip or cause the leaves to turn yellow. If you continue to use the water, the yellowing will continue to spread.
Solution: Try using bottled water of filtered water. Or you can fill a container with tap water and let it sit 24 hours. This will eliminated most of the fluoride from the water.
2. Plant exposed to direct sunlight. If you have the window blinds open or have a ceiling sky light, the bamboo may be expose to sunlight when the sun shift while you are at work or away from the plant.
Solution: Move it to a different location you know for sure does not have any direct sunlight. Your plant does not require any light from the sun. It will be fine with light source from bulb and lamps.
What to do if the Lucky Bamboo Stalks are turning yellow?
The roots of the Lucky bamboo stalks or the container is contaminated. Root rotting is common if you do not replace your plant arrangements with fresh water.
Solution: If you are using rocks to support the bamboo, remove the rocks. Rinse the container with mild soap and air dry. Insert the plants in the container and add water. Do not add the rocks yet. The rocks may contain chemicals that are affecting the plants. Once you know for certain it is not the rocks, you may add rocks back in to support the plant. Ensure that you rinse the rocks with mild soap before insert it in the container Change the water every 10-14 days.
What to do if the stalk looks dried or wrinkled?
The plant is not getting enough water. The roots are where the plants get its water from. So let's take a look at it. Remove the rocks or soil. Plants that have more roots will drink more water that plants with bare root system.
Solution: Make sure you keep at least 1 inch of water at all times. If the bamboo is not too stress from the lack of water, it may recover and the wrinkles may disappear. Some of the leaves will turn yellow/brown from the stress. Gently peel off the yellow/brown leaves.
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