Preventing rotting of lucky bamboo

GARDEN Q&A

Garden Q&A

December 31, 2005|By JON TRAUNFELD AND ELLEN NIBALI | JON TRAUNFELD AND ELLEN NIBALI,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

My lucky bamboo plant has a yellow discoloration spot on its stalk. From previous experience, I know it will rot soon. How can I prevent this?

Usually maintained in water with no soil, lucky bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana) is more closely related to lilies than bamboo. Try to improve cultural conditions. Mineral additives in the water are often a culprit. Avoid water with fluoride and chlorine, or let chlorine evaporate from water overnight before using. Change water every 15 to 30 days. Avoid temperature extremes or sudden changes, such as opening doors. Lucky bamboo prefers bright filtered light. Once spots appear on the stalk, it will likely die, though you can cut off sprouts and root them in new water.

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