Why is my fortune plant (lucky bamboo) turning yellow? Is it dying?

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  1. Maria Glensie profile image66
    Maria Glensieposted 8 years ago

    Why is my fortune plant (lucky bamboo) turning yellow? Is it dying?

    I have had this plant on my work desk for months now (since November) and I noticed that one of the three stalks is turning yellow. Help? Is this normal or is there anything I need to to at least bring back its normal green colour?

  2. SouradipSinha profile image80
    SouradipSinhaposted 8 years ago

    There might be lots of reasons for this -
    1. scarcity of water or nutrients
    2. Chlorosis (where the green pigment chlorophyll gets destroyed)
    3. less Sunlight
    Do a thing, place the pot in sunlight and water regularly. If the problem persists, then change the soil. Re-pot the plant with new soil and add a bit of fertilizer.
    Hope the plant will get well soon.smile

    1. Maria Glensie profile image66
      Maria Glensieposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you for your response. Regarding your answers, my plant sits in its glass with water all day and is near my office window. But it's turning yellow maybe because it doesn't have soil? The other two stalks look perfectly fine and green still.

    2. SouradipSinha profile image80
      SouradipSinhaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I'm sorry I gave a general advise about any plant. Here's a good website I found about Lucky Bamboo.. Please read it.

  3. peeples profile image93
    peeplesposted 8 years ago

    Bamboo turns yellow or white when getting too much sun, sick, or getting too much water. Sun light is actually bad for bamboo if your goal is to have those bright green leaves. Pull it to a shady location with minimal sun through a window for a week and see if there are signs of improvement. Also you should only be watering once a week or less. Bamboo is a very forgiving plant. Leave it alone except for minimal watering and it should recoup. Unless you believe the soil is diseased there is no point in stressing the plant out by replanting it until you get it back on track.

  4. connorj profile image69
    connorjposted 8 years ago


    I cannot say with any certainty (after all what is considered lucky?); however, usually yellowing indicates a Nitrogen (N) deficiency. Perhaps adding a Nitrogen (high) fertilizer will "nip it in the bud." Try something similar to an NPK fertilizer of (20-8-8)...


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