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Name: Maria
College Station, TX (Zone 8b)
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marialerma
Sep 18, 2017 3:41 PM CST
Howdy!
My lucky bamboo whom I've had now for about 7 months has conjured up these thick white roots in her glass container/cup that are making their way down the side of the glass, something I've never seen! I've included pictures!

Should I move her out to another container? something wider maybe?

Thank you for your valuable time!
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Sep 18, 2017 9:42 PM CST
Don't fix what's not broken. Roots are what you want to see if your Lucky Bamboo is going to continue to thrive.
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Sep 22, 2017 1:27 PM CST
Not an aquatic species in its' native habitat. Keeping them in water indefinitely is a gimmick, a fad.
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WillC
Sep 22, 2017 3:56 PM CST
Lucky Bamboos are very popular now because they are easy to care for and nearly foolproof for at least several years. Tiffany is right that they are not aquatic plants, but these Dracaena cuttings have proved to be able to thrive in plain water for several years or more. They can also be transferred to pots and potting soil at any time for a longer life.
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Sep 23, 2017 5:24 AM CST
Yes, they seem to last about 7 years in water, on average, from reading anecdotes over the years. I suspect cumulative tap water chemical toxicity combined with (to anthropomorphize,) "starving to death" from lack of nutrients may lead to the death of these more often than anything else. Forgetting to water is mentioned often too.

Some kinds of rocks have minerals in them that can make some plants ill. I do have some plants growing in water, snips of tropical vines, but none with rocks in the water, so I've never tried to learn about those interactions. For the specific plant in question in this discussion, it could be something worth investigating if it becomes unhappy-looking. Looking fine @ the moment in the pic.
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Name: Maria
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marialerma
Sep 23, 2017 7:14 AM CST
Thank ya'll for the tidbits of valuable information!
I'll keep an eye on her and look into having her transition into soil!
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Sep 23, 2017 8:09 AM CST
Happy to suggest material for your investigation, but don't forget what Daisy said in the first reply about fixing that which is not broken. If it starts to look unhappy, that is when I would make plans for some kind of change, if change is being made in the name of health. Sometimes a change is made in the name of boredom, which does sometimes involve fixing the unbroken. There's always some degree of risk when disturbing a happy plant. Best luck with whatever you decide, whenever you decide it!
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Sep 23, 2017 7:57 PM CST
The pebbles in your container appear to be a granite/quartzite type blend - the rocks you have to worry about are limestone and marble. There is neither in the pebble mix you have.

The algae is an indication that something is feeding the roots. If you are concerned about a lack of food in your plant's life, put 1 drop of a mild liquid fertilzer (ie, one for violets), in the water for a day or so then rinse it out. If the leaves start turning pale, I would use the fertilizer but as long as the leaves are bright green, your plant is happy.

It looks really good to me.
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Sep 25, 2017 10:57 AM CST
Lovely happy plant you have there marialerma!

I would not disturb it for now, seems okay. I have grown them before too in closed glass containers, but have used water get beads to allow air flow at root zone.

Just be careful if you will give fertilizer, since it has no means to flush out excess salts.
Name: Maria
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marialerma
Feb 4, 2018 11:08 AM CST
I'm back! haha

Here's an update on bamboo: moved into a pot of soil! and has grown considerably larger ever since!

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WillC
Feb 4, 2018 11:12 AM CST
Nice to see some success posted here! Good work!

What is that interesting outlet box/lightbox setup you have there?
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Name: Maria
College Station, TX (Zone 8b)
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marialerma
Feb 4, 2018 12:21 PM CST
a friend of mine makes them! I was supposed to put a lampshade on it, but I don't think I'll ever get to it! It's a very convenient hub to have by ur bed!
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WillC
Feb 4, 2018 12:27 PM CST
I like the industrial look without a lampshade. Does your friend sell these and have a website? If not, probably should. It is a great useful design with many potential applications, especially if it incorporated a USB port.
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Name: Maria
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marialerma
Feb 4, 2018 1:51 PM CST
I agree! it's a very interesting piece!

he doesn't have a website, but I'll let him know of ur interest!

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