Why Are The Leaves Of My Lucky Bamboo Turning Yellow?

If your Lucky Bamboo leaves turn yellow, don’t let it ring an alarm in your head. We will help you turn your luck around.

Yellow Lucky Bamboo leaves are a sign of the plant dealing with stress. It indicates that the plant is lacking the right conditions for its best growth.

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Your plant care routine holds the solution to bamboo plant leaves turning yellow. Making some adjustments will ensure that you have a healthy and happy plant with bright, shiny, and green leaves.

The following are likely causes of the yellowing of your Lucky Bamboo leaves:

  • Overwatering
  • Use of more fertilizers
  • Use of water with more chlorine and fluoride levels
  • Exposing the plant to direct sunlight or keeping it in front of a bright window

Caring For A Lucky Bamboo Whose Leaves Are Turning Yellow

Begin with trimming the yellowing part of your Lucky Bamboos. This should stop the spread of the bamboo leaves turning yellow.

Watch the rest of the plant to see if other parts start turning yellow.

If your plants get too much sun, move them away from direct sunlight. In most cases, these two things should take care of the yellowing.

Another reason for lucky bamboo yellow leaves can be overwatering. Too much of anything is a bad thing, so make sure you water the plant as needed.

If you still see a Lucky Bamboo leaf turning yellow, here are some other options.

  • Reduce the use of fertilizers
  • Use filtered water instead of tap water.
  • Repot the plant to a fresh container
  • Change the pebbles or rocks infected with pests or fungi

If you observe a white or grey infestation on the pot, it is likely fungal growth. Gently clean the infested part with soap, water, or alcohol using a cotton swab.

Take care that the soap, water, or alcohol does not contact the plant itself.

NOTE: Lucky Bamboo is somewhat of a novelty plant. So is the Frizzle Sizzle – Albuca Spiralis.

Lucky Bamboo Plants – Its Symbolism And Ideal Care Environment

Lucky Bamboo, aka Dracaena Sanderiana, is a little deceiving in its name because it isn’t bamboo. Base its care routine on Dracaena care rather than bamboo care.

There are many reasons why people keep the Dracaena species in homes and offices.

They may improve the quality of air around them. Chinese tradition considers this plant compatible with the Feng Shui philosophy.

Some believe Lucky Bamboo is a harbinger of good luck and happiness. So, it is natural to feel down if such symbolism is not blooming well.

The Lucky Bamboo stalks are easy to maintain. It grows in both water and soil but grows best in soil.

It does well in indirect light, and the ideal temperature is 65°–95° degrees Fahrenheit.

Soil Conditions

The longevity of the plant increases when kept in the soil. While it lasts around one or two years in water, it is better to grow it in soil for a longer life.

Keep soil slightly damp for the Lucky Bamboo plant. Both overwatering and underwatering will cause the plant to wither.

Use only small amounts of fertilizer or pesticides for the best support.

Water Conditions

When growing the plant in water, always keep the roots under the water and replace the water every week.

If your tap water is high in chlorine and fluoride levels (hard water), use filtered water instead. Chlorine and fluoride levels in water are toxic to the plant.


The Lucky Bamboo plant thrives in a mild tropical climate, between 65°–95° degrees Fahrenheit.  In the winter, keep the plant away from windows and drafts.


Lucky Bamboo does well with indirect sunlight. Direct sunlight may burn the leaves, so you see bamboo leaves turning yellow.

If the bamboo yellow leaves are turning brown, move the plant to partial shade. Set a time frame if you want, only exposing the plant to the morning or the evening sunlight.


Leaves and parts of the Lucky Bamboo plant are toxic to animals. 

Related: Are Dracaena Plants Toxic or Poisonous?

If you have pets on the premises, keep the plant out of their reach.

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