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Lucky Bamboo Fungus On Roots

The roots of my bamboo plants acquired fungus over the course of a 2 week trip out of town. I rinsed them thoroughly, but the plants are still declining in health. I was thinking of cutting off the root ball. Is this a fatal maneuver? How might I save them?

Cheers, Robert


  1. Robert,

    It is perfectly acceptable to cut off roots and let the stalks develop new roots. In this case I think that would be the best course of action. Be sure to clean your lucky bamboo container and fill with fresh water. Use distilled water for best results.

  2. I am not sure if I have fungus or something else growing on my Lucky Bamboo plant. It would seem there are little root-like growths coming out of the base of one of the leaf shoots of my plant. The stalk itself if green and thick but the top most growth where the leaves are coming out is starting to turn yellow and when I trimmed away the dead leaves I discovered this growth coming out of the plant. It seems to grow out and then wrap itself around the leaves then turns brown…I can’t seem to find any website or research that would indicate what is going on. Any advice?

  3. Nathan,

    It maybe a fungus. THey can all look a little different. Can you send a picture?

  4. Kurt Erickson says:

    I, too, seem to have a yellow-ish/white-ish fungus on my Lucky Bamboo, but in my plant’s case it is on the base of the stalk and not the root.

    Would anyone recommend cutting off the infected part and putting the uninfected part of the plant back in the water?!? Or are there ways to get rid of the fungus growing externally on the outside of the plant stalk?!?


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  5. Remove the two stalks that are yellowing. If either one has healthy green growth, you can propagate new stalks. I recommend that you clean the rocks and the container with hot soapy water and rinse with clean cool water. Before you refill the container with the rocks, water and lucky bamboo stalk wipe the healthy stalk with a soapy rag and then a wet clean rag. Be sure to use distilled water or filtered water.

  6. I have been growing my bamboo in water for about a year now and I’ve never had a problem with it until now. I notice a couple weeks ago that the leaves were turning yellow so i began watering it with filtered water. This didnt really help and now the stalk is also turning yellow. i read the last few comments about the fungal and i think this is my problem so how to i get rid of it and how long well i begin to see the results. Thanks

  7. To get rid of the fungus, you need to clean the container with hot soapy water and rinse thoroughly. Then wipe the lucky bamboo with a wet cloth and refill the container with water. The yellowing won’t disappear, but should not progress any further. You can also start new lucky bamboo from the old stems if the yellowing is too advanced.

  8. I have the same problem with fungus on my bamboo plant. I was just wondering since Tea Tree Oil is used to kill fungus, mildew, disinfect, etc would Tea Tree Oil be safe to use on this plant??

  9. Michelle,

    I am not sure. I have never used Tea Tree Oil.