How To Revive Lucky Bamboo Plant

How do you provide water for your dracaena? If you’re a gardener like many others, the water is usually tap water.

The issue with tap water is that it can include chlorine, which might cause your lucky bamboo’s leaves to turn yellow and ultimately kill the plant.

There are two ways to make sure you don’t add chlorine to the pot or bowl of your lucky bamboo any longer. The first step is to have your tap water ready. Put the same amount of water that you would feed your plant in a cup or basin. The chlorine will be lost by evaporation. This process takes all night, so prepare the water before going to bed and pour it when you wake up.

You can also convert to filtered water much more quickly. This is something that will help both your family and your houseplants, so it is definitely worth thinking about.

Can the lucky bamboo resurrect?

Lucky bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana), which may be grown outdoors in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 10 and 11, is most frequently grown indoors. Although it is impossible to resurrect plants, you might be able to salvage struggling lucky bamboo plants. Plants with brown and yellow leaves are more likely to survive than those with yellowing stems.

What’s going on with my fortunate bamboo plant?

If the lucky bamboo is rooted in the ground, water when the top half of the soil is dry. Water the area thoroughly until water runs out of the drainage hole, then drain any extra. The roots of the plant cannot breathe if the soil is wet, which can result in root rot and drooping leaves.

On the other hand, if the plant is overly dry for an extended period of time, the roots may dry out again and start to shrivel up. If this doesn’t happen too frequently, a good watering should bring it back to life.

Keep the water in which your bamboo is submerged clean. To prevent bacterial and fungal growth, the water should be changed once a week or as needed.

Your lucky bamboo may wilt and turn a pale brown or yellow if it receives too much light. Your plant prefers direct, bright lighting. For this plant, an east or northern window should be suitable.

Lucky bamboo is extremely adaptable, flourishing in temperatures of 65 to 95 F. Try to keep your plant away from any drafty windows or air vents because sudden changes in temperature can cause it to go into shock.

Can yellow bamboo revert to green?

Is there a method to restore the thick stem of my lucky bamboo if it has become yellow? The plant is approximately 2 1/2 feet tall. I’m grateful. Patsy

Plant guru response:

A lucky bamboo stem won’t revert back to green once it turns yellow. You can leave it alone if the stalk is holding strong. However, I often take the green, healthy stalks out of the container and discard the yellowing stalks. The yellow stalk can produce new ones if it still contains green sections. The procedure for growing fortunate bamboo is described in our blog post We are not always lucky with lucky bamboo.

Why does fortunate bamboo die?

While the fluoride, chlorine, and other pollutants in tap water won’t harm lucky bamboo, they will eventually cause the edges of the leaves to become brown. By the way, don’t mention that if the fortunate bamboo dies within the first year, it will bring the host 29 years of bad luck when you gift it to them!

Does soil or water promote the growth of lucky bamboo?

Soil. Growing conditions for lucky bamboo include rich, well-drained potting soil. Keep the soil moist, but not drenched. Additionally, as long as it has access to at least an inch of standing water at all times, it can thrive when placed in pebbles or even just a vase filled with water.

Yellowing Bamboo Leaves is an alarm

Yellow bamboo leaves are important to notice. Lack of watering, excessive sunlight, chlorinated water, a poorly draining soil system, or either under- or over-fertilizing are the causes of yellow leaves. Regardless of the source, it is important to remove the yellow leaves as soon as possible by pruning the plant with sterile, sharp scissors. Because the plant spreads quickly, it is best to remove any yellow bamboo leaves as soon as possible because they could be unhealthy. Pruning the plant should be done carefully to prevent injuring the stem, the leaves, or infecting other stems with the unhealthy condition.

Fertilize One to Two Times Per Year

Don’t fertilize the bamboo plant frequently all year long. With the right liquid fertilizer, once or twice a year is adequate. Bamboo should ideally be fertilized in the spring and summer. Keep in mind to determine whether your plant need fertilizer. Avoid fertilizing if the plant is in good health. Because bamboo plants are hardy, they will flourish and develop quickly in any climate with regular watering and indirect sunlight. The soil around your bamboo plant can also benefit from being refreshed annually with organic compost containing nutrients that release slowly.

Avoid Chlorinated Water

Chlorinated water does not appeal to bamboo plants. The root system of the plant will be harmed by the chlorine in the water, which will also make it unhealthy. Make sure to correct the pH level of the water so that it averages pH 6.0 before applying it to the bamboo plant if the water from your faucet or bottle has chlorine traces (you can test this using a kit from your local hardware shop). In order for the water to balance the soil’s chemical composition, you must also make sure that the pH of the bamboo plant’s current soil does not exceed 6.0. It’s critical to rinse the plant with neutral water and make sure that the soil drains well since over time, chlorine from rainfall will accumulate in the root system.

Keep the Bamboo’s Bowl Clean (in case of small bamboo plant)

A bamboo plant’s bowl needs to be kept spotless. Replace the water every seven to ten days, making sure that it is at a comfortable temperature—not too hot or too cold. Care must be taken to avoid shocking the plant by abruptly replacing the water at the roots. Also, avoid leaving the roots exposed for an extended period of time. Aim for a pH of about 6.0 and refrain from adding liquid fertilizers while changing the water. Use just ordinary tap water to clean the bowl; avoid using any liquids or soaps, and make sure all dirt, deposits, and other chemicals are removed from the bowl.

Prune Dying or Dead Leaves and Stems

If the leaves or stems of your bamboo plant are dead or withering, you will notice that they are becoming yellow. This is an indication that the plant is unwell and will spread to other areas of the bamboo plant if left untreated. Use sharp, sterile scissors to clip dying or dead stems and leaves so that the plant doesn’t become contaminated when the remainder of the plant is being pruned. To prevent the harmful symptoms from spreading to the healthy portions of the plant, be careful to dispose of the cut leaves and stems safely. Make sure the bamboo plant is in indirect sunlight, receives frequent waterings, and has excellent root drainage to prevent yellowing of the leaves and stems.

Why are the yellowing bamboo stalks on my lucky bamboo?

If the lucky bamboo is rooted in the ground, water when the top half of the soil is dry. Water the area thoroughly until water runs out of the drainage hole, then drain any extra. The roots of the plant cannot breathe if the soil is wet, which might cause root rot.

Keep the water in which your bamboo is submerged clean. To maintain the water clean and prevent bacterial and fungal growth, change the water every week or as needed.

The tap water you used to hydrate your plant may have caused the yellowing and browning of the leaves. This type of sensitive plant may be harmed by fluoride and other additives found in regular tap water. Use distilled or rainwater if at all possible. You can let some tap water sit out overnight to let some of the contaminants evaporate if this isn’t possible. Even if you use filtered water, ask the manufacturer of the brand if fluoride is removed because most don’t.

The leaves could appear washed out or pale if there is too much bright light. On the other hand, insufficient lighting might result in the yellowing and falling of the leaves. Lucky bamboo prefers direct bright light that is indirect. Places close to east-facing windows or a few feet away from unobstructed southern or western windows will have bright indirect light. The plant can be positioned a little closer if the southern or western window has a sheer curtain or natural shade from a tree or structure outside.

Lucky bamboo just needs a small amount of fertilizer. Too much might burn the plant’s roots and turn it yellow. Only apply one fertilization in the early spring.

This yellowing is normal if your plant is experiencing new development and the yellowing leaves are older, especially near the base of the plant. Old leaves on your plant are shed, and new growth is energized. To help your plant concentrate its efforts on developing fresh, healthy growth, you can simply clip any old leaves off.

What about the sun?

  • The proper amount of daily sunshine exposure is crucial. The majority of bamboo species need at least six hours per day of direct sunlight. Although some types may handle more shadow, in general, the more sunlight you can provide, the happier the plant will be. An atrium or greenhouse, where light and humidity levels can be higher, is the appropriate location.
  • A crucial element is proper watering. Overwatering can harm bamboo and can cause damage to it. The most frequent cause of indoor bamboo death is this. Additionally, check to see if the pot has adequate drainage and big enough holes for the water to run out. Another tip is to spritz the plant every day with a spray bottle to maintain a healthy humidity level.
  • Even bamboo enjoys food. You should feed your bamboo with a high nitrogen fertilizer to maintain it green and lush because it is growing in a pot and will be losing nutrients every time it is watered. Another option is an organic lawn fertilizer.
  • It’s always nice to breathe clean air. Bring your potted bamboo outside if you can for a short period of time to receive direct sunlight and to take a shower to help wash off any dust and bug invaders.
  • Think about the container you grow it in. Your bamboo will eventually need to be replanted because its quickly expanding rhizomes will fill the container to the brim. Therefore, for easy plant removal, we advise using one that is squat in shape and spreads at the top.

Should I remove the bamboo’s yellow leaves?

The most frequent causes of yellowing leaves are either too much sunlight, too much salt, or tap water that has been extensively fluoridated. It is recommended to use filtered water and keep the bamboo out of direct sunshine. Moving the setup to a different position will solve the problem, and it works just well with fluorescent lighting. The tops of the shoots shouldn’t be watered, and you should change the water more frequently. Green food can also be used to encourage a plant to turn its deepest shade of green, and it works best when bamboo is just beginning to turn pale.

However, occasionally, it is typical for some of the leaves to turn yellow as the bamboo naturally ages. Simply remove the undesirable leaves by peeling or pruning them to encourage the growth of new ones. Due to the risk of spreading rot to other sections of the bamboo, do not leave yellowing leaves on until they are brown or black.


Since bamboos are simply a large grass, cutting them down doesn’t hurt them in any way. The culms (poles) cannot re-grow taller from the spot where they have been clipped once they have been made shorter. This implies that already-trimmed poles won’t need routine maintenance! Branches will still be there below as usual; in fact, trimming will make it bushier. But don’t worry; even if you cut the shoots too short, the cluster will continue to sprout new shoots from the ground each growing season. Just like a poor haircut, it will grow back!

The majority of smaller screening bamboos are FLEXIBLE, which is an additional fantastic bonus! This entails that you can choose the culm you wish to remove while standing at ground level, bend it down, and then cut it off! NO LEGADS! Trimming is now very simple and practical. Additionally, you simply need to cut the yearly growing new shoots.

Big bamboos have thicker, larger culms that are not flexible, yet they can still be cut without causing harm to the bamboos. Remember that some of these magnificent huge species appear best in their natural height and shape; therefore, cutting too short could destroy the original state. Possibly go with a smaller species.


Different bamboo species have varying amounts of branches and bushiness on their culms. Some plants have poles that are naturally clean-stemmed and have leaves on top. Other excellent screening plants have a dense bushy growth from the top to the bottom.

Cleaning out a bamboo’s bottom foliage to highlight the color or style of the culms is a generally desired look. This will produce a highly modern and streamlined appearance. By doing this, the lower plant is also given access to air and light. The top two thirds are left bushy and the lowest third is cleared out in a significant percentage. On some species, you can also produce a “topiary” effect.

If, for instance, your bamboo has some long branches that are growing over a walkway, you can cut them to be shorter. Simply clip the branch to the desired length if you don’t want to remove the entire branch and lose some screening.

In general, you won’t be frequently maintaining this because your bamboo branches won’t prodigiously grow back these removed branches. On the other hand, you can promote new growth with fertiliser water and some TLC if you prune too much and want some density back.


The stems of clumping bamboo grow in a circle, creating what is known as a “footprint” in the dirt. Depending on the species, your bamboo will often cease growing at a certain size. Like dogs, every species has a range of natural size. More information regarding this can be found on our ‘Running vs. Clumping’ page.

You can do the following if you have clumping bamboo and want to plant it in a narrower garden bed (as long as you picked the proper species for this), or if you already have clumping bamboo and want to trim it down:

The outer ring of the bamboo clump often grows new shoots as they emerge from the ground, increasing the size of the clump until it is fully developed. By physically preventing the bamboo from growing to its normal clump size, you can avoid this by burying a root barrier deep into the ground.

(Note: clumping bamboo just spreads outward until it reaches full size, much like a bird of paradise plant does.)

New shoots can also be cut off as they appear because, when young, they are soft and “snappable”—almost like carrots. These shoots are easily knocked over or severed. Don’t pull them up by the roots. This is needless and could have an impact on the entire plant.

Similarly, if you wish to now lessen the size of the grown bamboo, you can also chop off any completely developed culms.


Different bamboo species develop at varying densities, thus some can form dense clumps with a lot of culms while others form sparser, more open clumps with lots of space between them. If keeping your bamboo less dense is what you like, you can:

Throughout installation, keep your growing bamboo from getting too full. A certain number of new shoots will emerge from the bamboo during each growth season. You can decide which branches you want to eliminate and which ones to leave in the clump to grow.

The bamboo shoots are tender and “snappable” when young, nearly like carrots. These shoots are easily knocked over or severed. Keep them at their “roots,” do not remove them. This is needless and could have an impact on the entire plant. These fresh shoots can be eaten as well! They are gathered in this manner.

The second approach to thin out your bamboo clump is to chop off any fully grown culms after it has established and become too dense for your taste. Once more, you have the option of selecting which culms to remove and which to leave. You may make your bamboo as thin as you like! They naturally produce new shoots to spruce up the clump the next season because they are a huge grass.

You can do this as frequently as you like, or you can let your bamboo grow naturally with little upkeep.