On the other hand, if your plant isn't getting enough light, it will begin to look pale green, thin and spindly, with droopy leaves. I really can't afford to lose my bamboo and I also need it for privacy in my garden. Can You Cut a Dead Stem of Bamboo?. You can revive a rotting bamboo plant if you take immediate action. If the leaves are turning brown from the tips back, it most likely is a root issue. Suddenly a lot of leaves are going brown at the edges and some are yellowing completely. I would check for adequate drainage and water. The leaves are all dried and dead...there are some bottom green leaves with green stalks but the main tall and strong stalks are brown...what should I do? One plant has brown stalks. My large bamboo is brown all the way down the stalk till about 5 inches or so from the soil, can I cut it down and will it go back? ... Temps in Tucson, IN OCTOBER! Lucky Bamboo is tough and can be propagated from pieces. I received my lucky bamboo as a gift from a neighbor when I went off to college in 2004. The rest of the stalks/leaves seem to be doing fine. Reply Delete. As the rotting progresses, you will see brown stems and slimy roots. Now some of the stalks are turning brown as well as the leaves. My golden bamboo is in a very large pot and has looked great until about a week ago. Use lukewarm or room temperature water to keep it happy. The soft areas will turn green in the near future. With hundreds of bamboo species (subfamily Bambusoideae), varieties are available for growing in any U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zone. I've had a Lucky bamboo plant for about a month now and on of the stalks is turning brown from the bottom! I've been feeding weekly with Growmore and watering it daily when it hasn't rained. Water is another reason for the yellowing stalk, toxic water, that is. Cold Weather: During winter, if you observe the stalk turning yellow, it is due to extremely low temperatures. Bamboo needs twice weekly watering during the first six months after planting. Email Save Comment 2. Lucky bamboo isn’t actually bamboo at all, although it resembles the kind pandas eat in China. An early sign that your lucky bamboo plant is rotting is yellow coloring on the leaves. Lucky bamboo should stay above 65 degrees. Thanks. Use enough water to moisten the soil to a depth of 8 to 10 inches. Bamboo plants need filtered light or indirect sunlight. Leave it soaking for five to ten minutes. It's survived a lot of (inadvertent) mistreatment over the years, mostly forgetting to water it for days at a time but I would pick the brown leaves off and the rest of the plant flourished. I posted 2 images on photobucket Mites: If you observe webbing, brown, sticky material on the leaves or stalk, it could be a sign pointing to mites. Their leaves will burn and turn brown and their stalks will start to yellow. This is especially true if you don't change the water often enough and bacteria develops. This popular houseplant is a member of the Dracaena family, oftentimes grown in water, and sometimes soil, and is said to bring good fortune to the household.. Rotting lucky bamboo plants seem a decided sign of ill fortune. !, grew high. Also, avoid adding cold water when watering the plant. If the leaves on your bamboo are wilting, curling and turning brown, the bamboo is likely not getting enough water. Wash the stem in mild dish washing soap. Help! Feel the stem for soft spots that are still green. rohrerbot. At the top most of the leaves have also turned brown, but there's one leaf extending from the middle of the brown leaves that's green. Buddha's belly stalk turning brown. I came back to sad bamboo. Water More Often. For indoor gardening during winters, make sure you provide lukewarm water, and keep it in a warm place. It helps to keep the lucky bamboo away from the air conditioning system. With a very sharp knife or razor blade cut the stem through a section where it is still firm. Replies. O_o. In such a case you can use a mild pesticide. 11 years ago.