Posted by Maren Purves on April 21, 2003 at 14:54:10:
In Reply to: My Poor Bamboo posted by Cindy on April 09, 2003 at 18:13:48:
: Someone gave me two bamboo plants this last summer in a pot of soil. I've struggled with them since then and now there dying I think.They are turning yellow from the top down. The bottoms and the very very top is still green bu the rest is yellow and obviously dry and crunchy feeling. Like a dead stalk. Is there anything i can do to save them?? I believe i've discovered what I've done wrong but it seems too late to save them. Do I have to just watch them die-everyone says not to cut them.
I assume that you're talking about 'lucky bamboo', which really is a dracaena rather than about real bamboo - if this isn't the case, please ignore what I wrote below:
quite honestly, I'd cut them. We have them growing in the yard and I cut them all the time. They are propagated by cuttings.
I'd cut off the top above the lower green part, and then cut the yellow part out and replant the upper green part separately. You can try it in water or in soil. If you plant it in soil make sure that the soil isn't water logged, and if you plant it in water change the water every week.
Maren, in Hilo, HI