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What To Do When Lucky Bamboo Stalk Can't Support Itself
Ask the Expert:Hi,
I have a question about caring for my lucky bamboo plant.Â I have had the plant for 2 and a half years, and the branch has gotten so large that it cannot even stand up straight anymore because of the weight.Â It seems like the base node of the stalk is too thin to support it, though it is green and looks healthy.Â What would you recommend?Â Should I try to find some kind of wooden pole for support.Â Your advice is highly appreciated.
Plant Expert Reply:
Lucky bamboo stalks that are flimsy because they are too long need to be topped.Â This gives you a great opportunity to create new stalks.
Before you top your lucky bamboo, you will need a few things: a sharp knife, rooting hormone, a container for the new stalks, and a water mist bottle.Â I recommend using distilled water with lucky bamboo, but you can use tap water. If you use tap water it will need to aerate it overnightÂ before you use it.
Once you have assembled your tools, determine how short you want your existing stalk to be after you top it.Â Now find a node close to the height you want the stalk to be.Â The node is the raised ring on the lucky bamboo stalk.Â Cut the lucky bamboo stalk off an inch above the node.Â The part that is still attached to the roots will form new leaves and the part (top) that is left will become a new lucky bamboo stalk.Â Dip the cut end of the top in rooting hormone and let dry.Â When the rooting hormone has dried, place it in the new container filled with water.
In a couple of weeks the top will develop roots.Â In a few weeks the existing stalk will form leaves. However, to help the leaves form you new leaves you will need to mist the stalks.Â Start misting the stalk a couple of days after you have topped it.Â Mist it once or twice a day until the leaves form.
You can create new stalks any time by repeating the process. Good luck and keep me posted.