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Cool Temps Can Cause Yellow Leaves On Lucky Bamboo
Ask the Expert:Lucky Bamboo leaves turning yellow
I was gifted [Housewarming] a Lucky Bamboo Plant about 3 weeks ago [December 22, 2009]. The arrangement of the stalks, are four concentric graduated circles "Crown/Mountain Like" in appearance.
It was sitting in my driveway when I got to my "New" house [West Oakland CA]. It had been "outside for about 3 days [slight amount of rain]. The Lucky Bamboo plant is growing in water [with those type of iridescent glass "Heart shaped"Â stones surrounding the plant].
It did not come with a "Plant Care Card", So I looked up on the internet to see what I should do. Following the directions I found on several sites. I put it on a table with a slight amount ofÂ "Early Morning Sunlight" mostly "Indirect Bright Light"
When I noticed a few days ago that it leaves were turning yellow.Â So I "Moved It". To a place with "No Early Morning Sunlight" [Indirect Bright Light Only]. But the leaves are "Yellowing"Â at a faster rate and the tips are drying out !!!
It still has plenty of water covering the roots [so far it has not needed any watering] . My house is not heated so it is cold at night [ as low as 35-40 degrees lately ] Could Cold Temperature be the cause of it's problems?
I am usually pretty good with plants [at least 5 green thumbs] and being that it is a gift from my familyÂ > I do so much want my so far :UnluckyÂ Bamboo" to recover. Your advice will be much appreciated
Thank You Lichen I
Plant Expert Reply:
I would say the root of your problem is temperature related.Â Dracaena as a whole prefer temperatures above 40 degrees.Â The exposure to the cool temperature during a period of transplant shock could cause the leaves to turn yellow.
Place the lucky bamboo in the warmest room of your house.Â Add water (distilled if possible) to the container as needed to keep level constant.Â Do not fertilize.Â As long as the leaves are yellow and the stalks are healthy and green, the lucky bamboo should recover. In a week or two, you should start to see new growth.Â However if the stalks start to turn yellow or become mushy, you will need to act quickly.Â You might need to remove the unhealthy part of the lucky bamboo or start new ones.Â Keep me posted and I will try to help you maintain a healthy plant.