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Why is heart-shaped lucky bamboo stalk turning yellow?

Ask the Expert: I have a lucky bamboo plant that 2 stalks are shaped like a heart. One of the stalks has turned completely yellow, however, there are healthy leaves steming from it. What should I do?? How often should the water be changed?? Please contact me and give me your advice. Thank you — Jean


  1. Jean,

    Yellow stalks (if yellow from the bottom up) are usually a result of too much light or fertilizer. Depending on the stage of decline there is little you can do. If the lucky bamboo stalk is just beginning to turn yellow change the water (using distilled water) and move to a place with a little less light. The bottom of the stalk can be cut off and the top rooted or the yellowing stalk removed completely. However, since yours is formed into a shape I don’t think this is an option. Flower Shop Network has a wonderful article on caring for lucky bamboo. You may also want to check out some of the other items in our lucky bamboo section.

    Change the water every couple of weeks using distilled water.

  2. Hi,
    I have the same issue. The bottom of my heart shaped bamboo plant is green and the top of the plant is yellow. Should I cut the yellow off and seal with wax? Or is there another way to support the growth of the plant.

  3. Liz,

    I would cut off the yellow part at an90degree angle and the plant should seal itself.

  4. jyoti sankar says:

    my babmoo tree is going yellow colour. can i add soil in this pot ?

  5. Jamie Woods says:

    If your lucky bamboo is turning yellow, it means that it is dying. You should remove the yellow parts, and also figure out what is causing the bamboo to turn yellow. This can be caused by over-fertilization or too much light. Also, you should be watering your plant with distilled water or tap water that has been allowed to sit out, uncovered, for 24 hours. The chemicals in tap water can also damage the plant and cause it to turn yellow.

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