Bamboo Stalks Went Pale and Developed Brown Spot - Help!
August 1, 2004 3:31 PM Subscribe
Need help diagnosing bamboo ailment and preventing further damage. [more inside]
posted by christie to home & garden (3 answers total)
For Christmas two years ago I received six stalks of Lucky Bamboo. Everything was wonderful until I took a vacation and forgot to provide them enough water for the duration of my trip. When I returned, one stalk had developed a large brown spot. The others appeared undamaged. Since I assumed the spot was due to my negligence, I simply turned the stalk around and let it be. Recently, I noticed that a different stalk became extremely pale. Deciding that something needed to be done to save my remaining stalks, I excised the two ill ones and thoroughly washed the vase and glass beads that house the stalks.
While doing so, I noticed that clumps of a clear gel-like substance were tangled with the roots. Is this some kind of bamboo disease? My Google fu is weak in this matter. Did the two sick stalks suffer due to different causes? What can I do to ensure the survival of my remaining stalks?