Lucky Bamboo

phloraphyllisJune 2, 2010

I have 20 luck bamboo stalks 4 ft. tall with an additional 2 ft. of leafy sprout. It has flourished in water & rocks for 2 years until this weekend. I returned from a trip to find a black film over the water and a terrible stench. After removing the bamboo and rinsing the roots, throwing out the rocks and starting over is there something else I need to be doing? This was a $200 investment that I do not want to lose!!!! The stems & sprouts are still a healthy green and I have lots of roots. Help

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Water should be changed at least weekly.
Do you have any pets left alone in the house...maybe they did something.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2010 at 3:55PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

You might want to give the roots a bit of a haircut.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2010 at 10:26PM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

Why not check w/ the people who sold it to you &/or installed it for you?

In the meantime, I'd get some aquarium grade charcoal bits (at the pet store) & sprinkle some in the water to keep the yuck/algae down. That black water/bad smell is of concern.

I use the charcoal in my mixes & especially in water rooting small Houseplants so the water stays unyucky & has no algae (like 1/2 tsp of chips to a 3-5" pot).

    Bookmark   June 2, 2010 at 11:38PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

I find that Dracaena sanderiana grow best in soil, not water.
Unless the $200 refers to some special aquatic set-up, I would transition the Dracaena to potting mix.


    Bookmark   June 3, 2010 at 10:16AM
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