Should I switch lucky bamboo to dirt?
I have a lucky bamboo (dracaena) that I and the S.O. have had for almost 3.5 years. During that time it has grown very little, maybe an inch or so of actual cane and a handful of leaves. The leaves have never been exceptionally healthy looking but until the past year they havnt looked very unhealthy either.
This past year they have been confined to a low light room and the new leaves came in pale but larger overall. Now that I've been able to move them to a bright location some of the leaves have recovered and some have faded away. The older ones seem to be the ones staying around while the newer ones fail to acclimate well to the change in light levels.
What does concern me is that even though they are now in bright indirect light and have been for over two months now and I do see some growth, the new growth doesnt seem to be a satisfactory shade of green. I will say that it is greener than it was when it was in the low light room but it would be hard not to be greener than that.
I even tried to fertilize the water a few weeks ago. I know I know, GASP! But what about fertilizer salts and tip burn!?! It was ok. I was taking a chance and I knew it. The fertilizer was highly diluted bonsai fert and I only used just a few tablespoons of that into the water the lucky bamboo lives in.
My current conundrum is this: Should I convert to soil or wait it out in water? And if I wait it out in water should I fertilize? If so what would be appropriate to use? If I convert what kind of results and how quickly will I see them?
Anyone have experience with this? If anyone has any pics of the before and results after converting to dirt id really appreciate seeing them.
Thanks for any and all advice,