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Lucky bamboo and water

What water into use on lucky bamboo?

There seems to be a lot of confusion of what water should be used on lucky bamboo. Most problems that occur, usually takes a long time for the plant to show that it is stressed and that symptom can be caused by other problems either alone or in conjunction with the water. Let us take a new approach. Instead of which water to use, let’s discuss the pros and cons of several kinds of water.

Tap water – The water from your tap is convenient and does have some good points. It also varies wildly from location to location. The amount of chlorine and fluoride added makes a difference to lucky bamboo. The amount of these chemicals will vary with in the same system depending on distance from the water plant and the amount added.

Normally leaving the water set out for two or more days allow the chlorine to dissipate. Any residual chlorine will help to keep down any micro, bacterial and insect problems.

Fluoride does not go away and depending upon the amount added, sometime in the future, lucky bamboo may have a problem or the plant may adapt to a small amount.

Tap water maintains trace elements of the original source of the water, unless these are of a level where they cause a health issue to humans. High levels of trace elements may affect lucky bamboo and still be below safe levels for human consumption.

Filtered Drinking water – This an ideal water source. Usually chorine and fluoride are not added however the source is not specified or regulated. It may be filtered tap water which puts you back with the problems of tap water, but with the uncertainty of not knowing what is in the water. If a problem shows up, change to distilled water to be safe.

Distilled water - Distilled water is heated to steam and then condensed. This process eliminates most pollutants and trace elements and leaves pure h2o. As a base line to determine if you have a water problem, distilled water is perfect. Distilled water can be used as the prime source for your lucky bamboo. It does not have any trace elements or soluble nitrogen or oxygen. Agitating or shaking will increase levels of necessary gases, and fertilizer can be added. Avoid over fertilizing and change water more frequently to maintain gas levels.

Rain water – Depending upon your location and the collecting method, this can be good or bad. In most cases, rain water is good. Rain water off an asphalt roof, not so good.

Aquarium water – Fish in most aquariums cannot stand much chlorine or fluoride. They fertilize the water with good natural fertilizer. Most have plants growing in them. Sounds good to me.