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Why a Lucky Bamboo Turns Yellow

Why a Lucky Bamboo Turns Yellow

Lucky bamboo is a plant that looks like true bamboo but is also called Dracaena or Dracaena sanderiana and is sold in most home and garden stores. Even though the leaves and stems are similar to real bamboo plants, lucky bamboo makes a great indoor plant that loves water and grows best in high humidity conditions. There are tons of reasons for the leaves turning yellow. Overwatering is the primary cause of a Lucky Bamboo turning yellow. It also turns yellow due to lack of sunlight, lack of nutrients, and low humidity. Here are a few other reasons as to why a lucky bamboo turns yellow.

  • Direct sunlight – lucky bamboo needs bright but indirect sunlight, such as when placed on a table next to a sunny window. If you place the bamboo under direct sunlight, then it may get vulnerable to sunburn, causing the leaves to turn yellow.
  • Too much fertilizer – fertilize your bamboo plant often. Even if you’re growing your lucky bamboo plant in water or soil, you need to apply fertilizer once or twice a year. Do not over fertilize your plant which could cause the leaves to turn yellow.
  • Temperature – Lucky Bamboo plant thrives in a mild tropical climate, between 65°–95° degrees Fahrenheit. In the winter, keep the plant far away from windows and drafts.
  • Injured stem – the stem helps in the flow of nutrients toward the leaves. Bending or breaking of the stem will cause a disruption of supply to the proceeding parts. The disruption will show in the yellowing, dropping, and weakening of the affected parts.
  • Water conditions – When growing the plant in water, always keep the roots under the water and change the water every week. If your tap water is hard water, use filtered water instead.
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