Lucky bamboo turning yellow

Leaves are turning yellow.

The two most common reasons for leaves turning yellow are:
1. High fluoride in the water. A common problem for Lucky Bamboo plants are fluoride. Tap water contains fluoride that are not good for your plant. It can cause brown tip or cause the leaves to turn yellow. If you continue to use the water, the yellowing will continue to spread.
Solution: Try using bottled water of filtered water. If you can not afford it, you can fill a container with tap water and let it sit 24 hours. This will eliminated most of the fluoride from the water.
2. Plant exposed to direct sunlight. If you have the window blinds open or have a ceiling sky light, the bamboo may be expose to sunlight when the sun shift while you are at work or away from the plant.
Solution: Move it to a different location you know for sure does not have any direct sunlight. Your plant does not required any light from the sun. It will be fine with light source from your the light bulb and lamps.

Stalks are turning yellow.

Once the stalk is turning yellow, it will not recover. You will have to cut the yellow section off in order to save the remaining part of the healthy stalk. A stalk can be turning yellow from the top down or from the bottom up.
If it starts from bottom up, the roots of the bamboo or the container is contaminated. Root rotting is common if you do not replace your plant arrangements with fresh water.
Root rotting and stalk turning yellow
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Solution: If you are using rocks to support the bamboo, remove the rocks.
Rinse the container with mild soap and air dry.
Insert the plants in the container and add water. Do not add the rocks yet.
The rocks may contain chemicals that are affecting the plants. Once you know for certain it is not the rocks, you may add rocks back in to support the plant.
Ensure that you rinse the rocks with mild soap before insert it in the container
Change the water every 10-14 days.
If the stalk is turning yellow from the top and spreading downwards, the top of the stalk is not completely sealed, the leaf broke off, or you have pest hiding inside the leaves.
Solution: Make sure that the top off the stalk is above water. If it is submerge under water, it will not breathe properly. If you recently cut the top of the bamboo off, it must be completely sealed. You can use wax to seal the top (car wax or candle wax are the most popular wax to use). If the leaves broke off, they top of the stalk may be exposed and needs to be sealed. Spider mites are common in lucky bamboo plants. They love to hide in the inner part of the leaves and underneath the leaves. Use mild dish washing detergent mix with 10 part water to prevent spider mites. Spray the leaves every two to three days until it disappears.

Lucky Bamboo Care Tips and Instructions

Lucky Bamboo Care

You may of received a lucky bamboo plant as a gift or bought one. Lucky Bamboo plants are one of the easiest plants to take care of. Let start with the basic instructions for keeping it alive:

  • It is a indoor plant. Keep it away from direct sunlight.
  • Make sure the water level is above the roots of the plants. Keeping it above 1 inch is sufficient.

It’s that simple. Follow these two rules and your plant will live for some time. If you want your lucky bamboo to flourish and last a few years, following the tips and instructions below.

Lucky Bamboo Care Tips
Lucky Bamboo Care Tips

More Lucky Bamboo Care Tips and Instructions

Tips to ensure a healthy and long-lasting Lucky Bamboo plant:


Lucky Bamboo will do best with moderate levels of indirect light. Do not expose plant to direct sunlight, such as a sunny windowsill. The direct sunlight is too strong for the plant and cause the leaves to warp and the leaves will turn brown. Lucky Bamboo should always be keep indoors.


We highly recommend bottled water or filtered water. Tap water contains fluoride that will cause the tip of the leaves to turn brown. If you must use tap water, you can eliminated most of the fluoride and chemical by letting it sit 24 hours before adding it to the plant. To prevent the roots from drying, always keep the water level at least 1″ high. Do not submerge the plants completely underneath the water. The top of the stalk much be expose to air so that it can breathe properly. Change the water every 14 days to prevent the roots from rotting.


Only use plant food or fertilizers made specifically for Lucky Bamboo such as “Super Green Plant Food”. Lucky bamboo do not require any nutrients or fertilizers. It can last for years with clean water. Plant food or fertilizer can help aid the health of Lucky Bamboo plants.

History of Lucky Bamboo Plant

Lucky Bamboo History

The history of lucky bamboo can be traced back to Chinese culture for over 4000 years. Lucky Bamboo is not really a bamboo plant. It is a member of the lily family that grows in the dark, tropical rainforests of South-east Asia and Africa. It is also known as Dracaena sanderiana, Dracaena braunii, Ribbon Dracaena, Belgian Evergreen or sometimes Ribbon Plant.
Lucky bamboo plants have been used for good fortune in the Asia culture. Chinese Legend says a gift of Lucky Bamboo can bring you Good Luck, Prosperity, Wealth, and Happiness. It is one of the most popular cure in Feng Shui. It makes an ideal gift for household, office, new ventures, or party gifts. It is a decorative indoor house plant and can be potted either in soil, rocks, or water. It is keep in room temperature and must be keep away from direct sunlight. It requires little basic care. Just insert the plant into a container, fill the container with rocks to support the plants, and add some clean water weekly.
History of Lucky Bamboo
History of Lucky Bamboo

Tips to ensure a healthy and long-lasting Lucky Bamboo plant:

  • Use distilled water or bottled water. The fluoride that’s in your tap water will cause the tip of the leaves to turn brown. If you must use tap water, you can eliminated most of the fluoride and chemical from the water by letting it sit 24 hours before adding it to the plant.
  • Ensure that your Lucky Bamboo plant is in indirect light. Lucky Bamboo plants does not require a lot of light. Do not put it on a window sill unless you know for sure that direct light does not enter through it.
  • Use special fertilize that are specifically made for Lucky Bamboo plants like “Super Green” or “Green Green” plant food. Do not use “Miracle Grow” (It will kill your plant.)

Read more about Lucky Bamboo Care Tips and Instructions.

Number of lucky bamboo meanings

There are no official meaning for the numbers of bamboo plants. It can mean whatever you want it to mean. More importantly, is how it looks. The meanings of each number are commonly associated with the numbers in Feng Shui. Here are the most commonly meanings associated with the number of bamboos:

1 stalk = good fortune
2 stalks = love (Sometimes represents one man + one women)
3 stalks = happiness, wealth, and longevity. Also can represent PAST, PRESENT, and FUTURE.
4 stalks = stable, strong, or power. (Sometimes considered unlucky. See notes below.)
5 stalks = wealth or fortune
6 stalks = prosperity
7 stalks = good health
8 stalks = growth or wealth
9 stalks = general good fortune
10 stalks = completeness or perfection
21 stalks = blessings
If you know of other numbers that are not listed here, please add to it using the comments below.

In Feng Shui, the number 4 symbolizes stability and a strong foundation, and it represents the four directions and the four seasons. The number 4 is sometimes considered unlucky in Chinese Feng Shui because it sounds like the word “death” in certain Chinese dialects, but it doesn’t have this association for Western cultures. If you have a number four in your address and you are from a country other than China, instead of worrying whether the number four is unlucky, try thinking of four as sounding like the word “more.”

Create your own Lucky Bamboo arrangement

How to Assembly Lucky Bamboo Arrangement
Picture of lucky bamboo arrangement after assembly.
Putting together a Lucky Bamboo arrangement can be a fun activity for kids, adults, or the elders. You will get to customize or make your own arrangements and enjoy your creation for years to come.  Here are the items that you will :
Materials Need

Step 1 – Create your Lucky Bamboo arrangement.

The first thing you need to do is to arrange your Lucky Bamboo. In this example, we are using two 6″ straight and one 8″ straight lucky bamboo.

Step 2 – Tie the bamboos together.

After you determine how you want it, secure the bamboo with twist ties or ribbons.You should use a minimum of 2 ties to ensure the lucky bamboo does not come loose. One tie to hold the top of the plants and one to hold the bottom.

Step 3 – Cut off the excess ties.

Cut off excess ties, leaving about 1/2 inch remaining. If you ever have to disassemble the plant, it will make it easier to tie the plant again. If you do not leave any extra ties, it will be difficult to reuse the ties in the future.

Step 4 – Put it all together.

Put the lucky bamboo in the pot. Add rocks to support the plant so that it stand upright. You can either put the bamboos all the way down to the bottom of the pot or you can add a layer of rocks inside the pot before inserting the plant. Add water to the top of pot.
(Note: You should always rinse the rocks first to ensure that the rocks do not contaminate the water and plants).
How to Assembly Lucky Bamboo Arrangement
Now find a spot for you newly created lucky bamboo arrangement. Make sure that the plants are keep out of direct sunlight.  If you want your lucky bamboo to flourish and last a few years, following these tips and instructions.