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Question: I have a twist bamboo about 3foot tall in my house that was given to me as a house warming and was doing just fine until about a month ago and it is turning yellow on the base but it is still growing and has some new growth is this anything to worry about and if so what can I do to save it?

Answer: It sounds as though you are growing lucky bamboo and it typically does just fine indoors without any problems - except its susceptibility to root rot which shows up as yellowing at the base of the plant. If you suspect this is the problem you may have to take cuttings from the healthy part of the plant and root them in water. Or, you may be able to simply cut off the yellowing part of the base and root the rest in water. If you decide to do this, use a clean knife (a razor knife works best). Cut above the diseased part of the plant, just below a node or leaf scar. Set the cuttings in fresh water which you change every week to keep it clean. New roots should emerge from the leaf node in a couple of weeks. Best wishes with your lucky bamboo!

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