Most people think of lucky bamboo as an easy, carefree plant, but it actually requires more care than one might believe. This attractive plant can easily get sick, with one of the symptoms being yellow leaves. It is possible, however, to save the plant before it dies.
Lucky bamboo needs little care. Water it properly--cover 2 inches of the bottom of the stalk, and expose it to minimal light to avoid yellowing leaves. Do not set it on a windowsill with direct sunlight since that can easily kill it.
When You First Notice Yellow Leaves
If your lucky bamboo's leaves start to turn yellow, then be sure to address this as soon as you can. Remove the plant from direct light and change the water immediately to ensure that all of the fertilizer you may have used is not sitting in the water.
Sunlight and Yellow Leaves
Too much light is a common reason your plant's leaves might turn yellow. Lucky bamboo does not need any more than moderate light (indirect light, but make sure the plant does receive some light from across the room).
Fertilizer and Yellow Leaves
The leaves of a lucky bamboo plant may turn yellow if the plant is fertilized too often. As soon as you notice any yellowing, change the water and stop using fertilizer for a while. When you begin fertilizing again, buy basic plant food and follow the instructions on the bag (each brand is different), making sure not to overfeed the plant.
If You Don't Stop the Yellowing of the Leaves
Once leaf yellowing begins, it can progress quickly. In order to avoid the stems turning yellow as well, which will lead to a dead plant, watch your water and fertilizer levels and correct them, as needed, to bring your leaves back to a healthy green. Lucky bamboo is a low-maintenance plant, yes, but not no maintenance. Take care of it and enjoy its beauty.
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Always a writer, Eden Tyler became serious in early 2009 when she started her first novel. Along with writing fiction, Tyler regularly contributes to online writing sites and works as an acquisitions/content editor for a small publishing company. Tyler received her degree in English literature and psychology from Purdue University.