Emergency care for a sick lucky bamboo
Sick lucky bamboo requires action. The quicker the treatment starts, the faster the cure. However the lucky bamboo is a tough little guy and can take a lot before the symptoms show.
Emergency care consists of four phases, First examine the plants present growth environment, second separate and quarantine the sick, third preventative care for the healthy and fourth care for the sick.
Established lucky bamboo usually react quickly to changes. Look for anything that has changed in sunlight, water, temperature, fertilizer or neighboring plants. Sometime that change took place a month ago and only showing up now. It could be as simple as water level below the roots or as complicated as a change in the air flow of the room.
Quarantine the plant. Quarantine means remove from the group into a separate vase and area remote from the healthy plants. Check the rest of the arrangement or neighboring plants for the same symptoms, especially for soft spots on the stems.
Without preventative care, the healthy may become sick. The plants, vase, and filler must be washed in a mild hand dishwashing soap. Squeaky clean is how you want everything. No dirt, slimy feel or anything that should not be there. This includes insects, larva, or scale. Any changes in the plant growing environment should be reversed, stop fertilizing, use distilled water, and move to brighter, warmer place, and change water more frequently. The idea is to prevent the healthy from becoming sick.
Care for the sick begins with washing the plant in mild hand dish washing soap. A through but gentile, washing is required of the leaves and the roots. Leave the plant submerged for awhile so that all crevasses are soaked. Rinse in clean water. This is one time where chlorinated tap water is a benefit with any microbes or bacteria the plant may have picked up. Insects, molds and fungus are deterred by this washing, but may require stronger treatment if symptoms re-appear.
Damaged parts of the plant must be trimmed away. This includes any area of the stem that is soft. Trim only through the healthy green part of the plant. Use a very sharp scissors or a razor blade. The sharper the cut the less scar tissue the lucky bamboo will produce and the less noticeable the results.
Place the plant in a warm, bright place at least 65 degrees of higher, mist daily with warm distilled water to raise humidity, use distilled water and change every two to three days to flush out the roots and stem from toxins. If the problem is due to over fertilizing, change the water daily for several days.