yellowing lucky bamboo

Discussion in 'Indoor and Greenhouse Plants' started by erin_juniper, Nov 8, 2007.

  1. erin_juniper

    erin_juniper Active Member

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    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Any idea why my lucky "bamboo" is turning yellow? Their are a bunch in a dish of water and pebbles.
    Should I let the water run out once and awhile?
  2. Eric La Fountaine

    Eric La Fountaine Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    sw USA
    It is probably yellowing due to too much light, lack of nutrients or contaminants in the water, like chlorine and fluorine. There are many posts on the forums about the plant, you can use the SEARCH function to find them. Look for "lucky bamboo" and "Dracaena sanderiana", the actual name of the plant--it is not a bamboo.

    The general consensus seems to be that you should pot the plant in ordinary house plant soil, give it water that does not contain chlorine or fluorine (they are very sensitive to that) and keep in a bright situation, without strong direct sunlight. While growing them in water is somehow deemed to be novel or fun, it is not the best situation for the plant.

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