Though I have no experience taking care of plants, I have always wanted a bonsai tree. Before committing to something so involved, I have procured a lucky bamboo (supposedly hard to kill) and am trying to keep it alive as a test run. Please help me save this bamboo and keep my bonsai dreams alive.
The bamboo sits in a vase full of rocks and water on my desk (pic of the setup
), which is about 15 feet from a window (to the right of the photo, no wall in the way). Every Friday I move it to the window sill to bask in the sun over the weekend. I have noticed there is one leaf (pic of the offending leaf
) that is much lighter than the other leaves and is kind of yellow, so I have been trying to put that side towards the window the most. The leaves around that one are a little lighter but are still green, not yellow.
I have looked for information on bamboo websites, but they are kind of hard to follow and a lot of them say that if your bamboo looks unhealthy it probably has root rot or something and can't be saved. I think other than this one leaf, my plant looks pretty good. It has grown several inches taller since I got it in July.
I am tempted to cut that leaf off so it doesn't, I don't know, spread to the rest of it. Thoughts? Should I just leave it alone? Put it in the sun more?
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TL;DR - is one yellow leaf ok or a sign of impending bamboo doom?