Ask the Expert: Why my lucky bamboo turned yellow and how to fix
I have my lucky bamboo for a year or so, and i noticed a few months ago that some of its leaves were starting to wither. But now I am really worried, because the stem turned yellow from the bottom up (see picture attached). I would really like to save it, but I don’t know what to do, or where I did wrong so far. Please help.
Thank you Natasha
You are not alone. Yellowing lucky bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana) is the problem of the week. A few things can caused lucky bamboo to turn yellow — Too much light or too much fertilizer. Exposure to fluoride can cause leaf discoloration that may start out looking yellow but eventually turns brown. When lucky bamboo turns yellow from the bottom up, it is a strong indication of exposure to too much fertilizer. In a case like this, your best course of action is to change the water and rinse the container. Refill with distilled water and do not add fertilizer. **If you don’t have distilled water, you will need to use water that has been exposed to the air for 24hrs. This will allow both the fluoride and chlorine in tapped water to disapate. Then you can use it to fill your lucky bamboo container** By doing this your lucky bamboo will have a chance (although slim) to recover. Another option is to cut off the yellow and start over. Lucky bamboo roots fairly easy. If you go to my previous blog post We Are Not Always Lucky With Lucky Bamboo, you will see a detailed outline on how to do this with pictures.
Good Luck and please keep me posted.