Have I killed my bamboo??????

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  1. blessedmom3

    blessedmom3 Member

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    Ibought some rhizones from a lady 50 miles away from me and planted them as soon as I received. Within 2 weeks I had bamboo starting to grow. I religously watered them every evening. Now what was growing has turned brown and soggy looking if that makes sense. When I nticed the first one dying, I thought I am over watering them, so I quit, but now they almost all look soggy and brown. I have a few which are doing great. They are planted 2-3 inches deep. I have horrible clay soil so I mexed in potting soil when planting. This really frustrates me, other than the money I spent, but I have never been able to kill anything. I can take a dead plant to bring it back. This kills me. Should I did up the rhizones or just wait until next spring and see what will happen? Please anyone HELP!!!!!
     
  2. Cereusly Steve

    Cereusly Steve Active Member

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    What are you calling bamboo? Is this a real bamboo or that so-called "lucky bamboo"?

    Who told you to water it every evening? You don't water plants in the evening.
     
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    Hello, I am hoping I bought bamboo and not reeds (lucky bamboo), and Lots of people tell me mot to water during the hot part of the day. Suggestions?
     
  4. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Yes, the rotten ones are liable to be dead.

    Here "reeds" are usually Phragmites or Arundo (giant reed). These are grasses, as are bamboos. Lucky bamboo is a non-grass, known botanically as Dracaena sanderiana.
     
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    togata57 Contributor 10 Years

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    You might want to cast an eye over a post made 2 weeks ago, entitled "sick plant: what to do?' (Original poster: dasha.) I agree with you: I do not water plants in the evening. However, there seems to be a difference of opinion on this issue! Read entry #8.
     
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    Thank you for your reply. This helps.
     
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    edleigh7 Well-Known Member

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    I water my plants in the evening (and the morning) in summer, when required. I don't do this in winter though. i am sub tropical though. Just my 2 cents worth

    Ed
     
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    M. D. Vaden Active Member 10 Years

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    I read this post title and it reminded me of the cure for cancer or something like that.

    A lot of people love bamboo. But there are thousands who wish they could say "have I killed my bamboo".
     
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    blessedmom3:
    I am pretty new with the bamboo, but I note a couple of things you mentioned. I believe bamboo seems to prefer a well drained soil, and clay is far from that. Even though you have added a mix to your clay, it still may not drain, and it is just possible that the bamboo - if indeed that it what it is - has drowned. All my bamboos, about 30 or so except for 1 are in well drained soil. Guess which one isn't doing so well. I think you will find that bamboo does not need watering every day, except perhaps in a very hot dry spell in the summer, and I too do my watering first thing in the morning. I don't give them a lot of water, just enough to keep them moist. They seem to like that.
     

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