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lucky bamboo

Hey guys, just wondering:

1. How long does "lucky bamboo" live, generally?

2. What should I do when leave start to yellow (despite indirect sunlight)?

3. Does it mean that it is dying if most of the stalk is turning yellow?

4. Can I cut the healthy parts of it off and regrow them?


1. It varies depending upon how well it's taken care of. A good while, usually.

2. Move it from the window and any direct sunlight
  Change out the water with filtered water left to sit out overnight
  But bottled water is better since it has no fluoride or chlorine
  Make sure to rinse out the roots, rocks, and container well too


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Nov. 27th, 2011 07:58 am (UTC)
I had a lucky bamboo plant for years. I had trouble with it yellowing and read somewhere that meant it was getting too much sun. I moved it out of the windowsill and it greened back up!
Nov. 27th, 2011 08:00 am (UTC)
Okay! My room is pretty dim for most of the day, but the sun hits it good in the late afternoon. I'll just change the water (and make sure it's filtered/bottled/been sitting out so it's room temp) tomorrow and open my blinds halfway. I got some ivies that need some vitamin D, so I hope it will all compromise!
Nov. 27th, 2011 08:24 am (UTC)
You might try moving it away from the window. I've got a similar situation, with a window that gets just afternoon sun. My lucky bamboo is on the wall across from the window and seems quite happy there.

Also, if you aren't already, try letting the water stand for a day before actually adding it.
Nov. 27th, 2011 08:27 am (UTC)
Yeah, that is what I am doing with some filtered water right now. The bamboo isn't actually on the windowsill, but on my desk nearly across the room along the adjacent wall. So, I'll see about closing my blinds in the afternoon and letting it have morning sun, or just keeping them closed fully or half way.
Nov. 27th, 2011 08:39 am (UTC)
I just remembered, my mom used to have one of those plants in a windowless powder room. Those plants are really tough.
Nov. 27th, 2011 01:37 pm (UTC)
Yeah I kept mine in a windowless bathroom and it lived for around 5 years!
Nov. 27th, 2011 09:59 am (UTC)
Wikipedia has a small article on it that also mentions its preferences and offers several suggestions about what can be wrong when it turns yellow.
Nov. 27th, 2011 03:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I read that! Hopefully everyone's advice will save it.
Nov. 27th, 2011 10:17 am (UTC)
I should have thought to ask this... it is alas too late for my bamboo, which was apparently an un-lucky bamboo to have me for an owner.

But thank you for posting this so that if I ever get another one I can follow some of the suggestions you got and keep the next one alive.
Nov. 27th, 2011 03:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, that bites! I hope the next one will do better.
Nov. 27th, 2011 03:06 pm (UTC)
Bamboo does not like direct sunlight.
Nov. 27th, 2011 03:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I am starting to think that it might be a water problem, since it is winter and the sun is not as strong as the summer. I've used tap water for a while now, so I've let some filtered water sit out over night and mixed that with some bottled water (the type without fluoride). Hopefully with a bit less light and some more changes of water like this, it will recover soon!
Nov. 27th, 2011 05:36 pm (UTC)
No direct sunlight yeah, yellowing leaf tips might also be the water's fault, depending on the chemistry.

I've also found that planting my lucky bamboo in dirt actually helps it live a great deal longer than any of the water counterparts I've tried.
Nov. 27th, 2011 05:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, that too! But lately, any soil I buy, even if I sterilize it myself, has problems with gnats, so I might hold off on that one.
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