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Question: Why is my bamboo plant turning yellow? It lives in water and pebbles and has always been in the same place as long as I have had it (about 2 years)

Answer: Lucky bamboo is generally care-free, but sometimes they turn yellow for no reason at all. If the yellowing is starting at the bottom of the stalk and moving upward, the entire stalk will eventually die off. If this is what's happening to yours, you might be able to save part of it by cutting away the healthy part and re-rooting it. Cut right above a node. These are the rings that go around the bamboo. Take the top portion and put it in fresh water. Roots should appear in time and you'll have a healthy plant. If the yellowing is starting at the top of the plant, you can do the same thing in reverse. Cut the yellowing stalk off just above a node and if the roots are healthy, the stalk will produce a new top shoot.

Good luck with your lucky bamboo!

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