Ask a Question forum→Lucky bamboo plant

Views: 270, Replies: 4 » Jump to the end
Boston
Oe
May 1, 2020 8:52 AM CST
Hello!

I've had this lucky bamboo plant for about 3 years now. I've noticed some of the stalks are pretty weak and after closer inspection I saw these red growths on the plant and some white fuzzy growth under the leaves. I was hoping someone could help me identify the issue and offer any advice on how to address it. I've included pictures below.
Thumb of 2020-05-01/visitor/8df878





Thumb of 2020-05-01/Oe/766b61
Thumb of 2020-05-01/Oe/47131f

[Last edited by Oe - May 1, 2020 9:05 AM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #2223920 (1)
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
Image
WillC
May 1, 2020 8:59 AM CST
I don't see the white fuzzy growth. Please post a photo of the entire plant and its planter.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Procrastinator Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
Image
plantladylin
May 1, 2020 9:08 AM CST
Hi Oe, Welcome!

I'm not certain but your Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana) appears to have scale insects. If they are scale insects they should wipe off easily; use a wet paper towel to remove them or dip a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and dab each one. If the plant is heavily infested, it would be best to discard the entire plant ... and I'd advise checking any other plants you may have in the vicinity.
~ I'm an old gal who still loves playing in the dirt!
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot!


Boston
Oe
May 1, 2020 9:08 AM CST
Hello! I just updated the post with a picture of the full plant. I also tried to get a clearer picture of the white fuzzy growth under the leaf (it's very small so it's hard for the camera to capture).
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
Image
WillC
May 1, 2020 9:24 AM CST
Thanks for the photo. Those tiny things are spider mites and they have caused the mottled appearance on the leaves.
Because so many of the leaves are mottled, it means the infestation is widespread.

If you want to try to salvage the plant understand that the leaf discoloration is permanent and will remain even after the mites are treated. You should consider cutting back many of the taller, overgrown stems and discarding them. The more you cut off, the fewer mites you will have to treat.

Pruned stems will usually regrow starting just below where the pruning cut is made.

After pruning, fill your sink with soapy water and slosh all of the remaining stems and their leaves in the soapy water for a minute or two. The object is to make direct soap contact with every last tiny spider mite. If you are thorough, a single treatment should be sufficient.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Ask a Question forum
Only the members of the Members group may reply to this thread.

Member Login:

[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by lauriemorningglory and is called "Shamrock Leaves of Oxalis"

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.