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Is Distilled Nutrient Water Good For Lucky Bamboo?
I found your email on a post of yours on a gardener website.Â My lucky bamboo has a yellow stalk (stem) but the bottom is green and plant part is green.Â What can I do to save this plant...Â If anything.Â I bought some distilled nutrient water from health food store.Â I had to move plant as I was moving and at some point it may have gotten a bit more of sun then it liked.Â I emptied water refilled container with distilled, although didn't take it out of the gravel rocks in container when changed the water.Â Kids used tap water and I may have at some point forgetting about the water issue.Â Now I have a gallon of distilled w/minerals and hoping to fix it.Â Can I, also is another option to do a cutting from above the stalk part or must it have that.. maybe that's a foolish question.Â But, I'm not very good with plants with the exception of a spider plant I've had for 10 yrs. Darien
I am not familiar with distilled nutrient water.Â I assume that if it came from a health food store it has been supplemented with nutrients for human consumption. You can check the label for the nutrients that have been added to the water. Although humans and plants need the same basic nutrients, this water may not be the best thing to use for your plants. Lucky bamboo is very sensitive to certain chemicals and minerals which is why I recommend distilled water. The distilling process removes minerals and chemicals from the water.
I would go back to using a plain distilled water. I would also remove the yellowing part of the lucky bamboo.Â You can cut the top of the lucky bamboo off and the remaining stalk and roots will allow the plant to form new leaves.Â If the top of the lucky bamboo is green you can cut it and new roots will form.Â I wrote a post a while back that demonstrates how to propagate new lucky bamboo from this type of situation.Â The photos and detailed explanation in the above post will help you determine how and where to cut your lucky bamboo.
Good luck and keep me posted.