The Q&A Archives: Dracaena-sanderana (Lucky Bamboo)

Question: I received a potted Lucky Bamboo plant for a gift 2 months ago. The plant is getting new growth, however the leaves have begun turning yellow at the tips. Plant gets fairly good light fron a large north window. Temperature average office type. Can you help?

Answer: Lucky Bamboo is considered extremely easy to take care of if you follow a few simple rules to provide the perfect conditions for a long, healthy life. First, avoid too much sunlight. Lucky Bamboo grows naturally under the canopy of wet tropical rain forests. It needs very little sunlight to thrive. In general, the more indirect, the better. If you see burning or browning on the tips of the leaves, the location may receive too much sunlight. Lucky Bamboo must be kept moist all the time. It prefers a few inches of fresh, or filtered water. It will also thrive in a soil mixture as long as this soil holds a lot of water. Since neither water nor soil contains the vitamins, minerals and hormones that are found in Lucky Bamboo's natural growing environment, I recommend feeding periodically with a few drops of diluted liquid fertilizer.

What causes the leaves or stalks or stalks to turn yellow?
After considering the possibility of too much light, the next element to consider is the source of the water you are using. If you live in a city where fluoride is added to the water, or has a high chlorine or salt content, one or a combination of these factors will cause this problem. Yellowing is first seen at the tips of the leaves and then spreads throughout the whole stalk until it dies. It is vital to provide pure, clean water, either by adding an effective filtering system to your tap, or by purchasing bottled water to use for your plant. If you suspect that this is your problem, and you improve the quality of your water, allow time for healthy, new foliage to form before concluding that something else must be wrong.

Good luck with your lucky bamboo!

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