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Lucky Bamboo Has Roots - Now What!
Ask the Expert:how to grow my lucky bamboos
I have searched your website and with the information that I could collect, I was able to cut the shoots of my lucky bamboos. Small roots have appeared on them. But I don't know what to do further. Could you please guide? Waseema
Once a lucky bamboo shoot begins to produce roots the care becomes essentially the same as a fully developed stem.Â We have some great tips on how to care for lucky bamboo
Light Requirement for Lucky Bamboo:
Lucky bamboo needs bright indirect light. In itâ€™s native environment Dracaena sanderiana receive an ample amount of light. However, the surrounding plants shade the lucky bamboo from direct exposure to the sun. Too much direct sunlight can cause the leaves to burn. It is important that the lucky bamboo receive adequate light; lack of light will cause week growth, stretching and poor color. Low light conditions will, also, cause stunted growth and inhibit new leaf growth. The light requirements for lucky bamboo are the same whether grown in water or in soil.
Water Requirements for Lucky Bamboo In Water
Water level should be at least a couple of inches. Make sure the roots are covered with water; add water to keep the water level constant. Every couple of weeks change the water completely. Refill the container with clean water. Lucky bamboo is sensitive to the salts and chemicals in tap water; use distilled water or rainwater if possible. If you must use tap water let it set in an open container over night; this will let the chlorine evaporate. However, there is no way to remove the fluoride from the tap water. Fluoride can cause leaf tips to turn brown. Low humidity can cause leaf tips to turn brown as well. Mist the leaves of the lucky bamboo every couple of days if lack of humidity is a problem.
Fertilizer Requirements for Lucky Bamboo
Lucky bamboo doesnâ€™t require much fertilizer and can survive in pure water for quite a while. When you bring lucky bamboo home donâ€™t fertilize it for a couple of weeks; this will prevent over-fertilization. In fact, if your lucky bamboo turns yellow when you bring it home immediately change the water. Yellow leaves on lucky bamboo are an indicator of over-fertilization. Anytime your lucky bamboo has been over-fertilized, change the water and donâ€™t fertilize for several months.
Fertilize your lucky bamboo every couple of months (you can go longer). You can use a little dirty aquarium water (if you have it) or a diluted (tenth of the normal strength) water-soluble houseplant fertilizer. The best time to fertilize is when you change the water.
Lucky bamboo needs moderate temperature. Normal household temperatures are fine. However, placing lucky bamboo next to an air vent or a door can cause problems due to rapid temperature changes.
I also have a little guide that will help identify any problems that come up.
Lucky Bamboo Problems, Pests & Diseases
Leaves with brown tips - Fluoride burn or lack of humidity. What to do: Fluoride Burn â€“ replace water with clean distilled or rain water; Dry Air - mist leaves every day or every couple of days.
Yellow Leaves â€“ too much light or fertilizer. What to do: Too much light â€“ place more distance between the lucky bamboo & the light; too much fertilizer â€“ replace water with distilled water & donâ€™t fertilize for several months.
Stalks yellow from bottom up â€“ too much fertilizer. What to do: Replace with distilled water and donâ€™t fertilize. At the point that the stalks turn yellow it is often too late for the lucky bamboo to recover. It is often better to cut the green top off and start a new plant. If you have more than one stalk in a container, but only one is yellow, remove the yellow stalk and change the water.
Brown or mushy stalks - root-rot; roots have rotted from over-fertilization or over-watering (plants potted in soil). What to do: Cut the healthy tops off and root new plants.
White sticky substance on stalks, snail-looking growth on stalks or cottony substances on stalks â€“ insects. Scale and spider mites can be, although rarely, a problem for lucky bamboo. What to do: Clean the container and pebbles with soapy water (a few drops of dish detergent in water works well) and rinse completely. Wipe each stalk gentle with the soapy water and rinse well. Place the clean stalks in the container and fill with distilled water or rainwater.
Algae growing in water and on container â€“ too much fertilizer and light. Algae grows in nutrient rich water with ample light. What to do: Clean the lucky bamboo, pebbles and container with soapy water following the same procedure as above. Place the lucky bamboo in the container and fill with water. You might need to move it a little farther from the light or switch to an opaque container.
Hopefully this information will bring you great lucky with your Dracaena sanderiana.Â Please keep me posted on your lucky bamboo's progress.