Bright and cheery, the deep green foliage of bamboo palm is a green-fingered gardener’s go-to plant for adding a tropical appeal to a shade garden. Also famed as “lucky bamboo”, the fantastic houseplant can add interest to an overlooked corner of your home. With the right knowledge, these plants are relatively less-fussy to grow.
Be it the striking appearance or the associated good luck and fortune that entice you to plant the bamboo palm, a bit of care and attention can keep it healthy for a longer time. This rugged palm has exceptional shade tolerance so it can even grow well while kept in a bright window. If you wish to introduce this green stunner into your garden or indoor, here are some things to keep in mind.
Make Sure the Soil is moderately Moist
Although bamboo palms don’t have to be planted in soil, they can be if you prefer. Make sure to add well- aerated, well-drained and moderately moist soil. But remember, it shouldn’t be soggy or desert dry. Also, never let your plants become water-logged.
Provide Indirect Light and Moderate Temperature
Bright indirect light is great for growing bamboo palms, but they can even grow in low light conditions. Low light may reduce their growth speed. The temperature that ranges between 60 and 70 degrees is ideal for the plant which can be easily provided in the most home or office conditions.
Don’t Over Water
Bamboo palms need adequate moisture to thrive, so it is better to mist it every couple of days. However, don’t ever submerge the plants completely underwater otherwise it will cause root rot. Never overwater it and change the water once in two weeks to prevent rotting of the leaves. Keeping the bamboo in a clear glass container filled with pebbles and water is a good option to provide a humid micro-environment to the plant.
Occasional Fertilizing Is Good For The Plant
Although the plant can survive for a long time with just water, a small amount of fertilizer added to the water can benefit the plant to a great extent. If you are planting it in the soil, feed it with a high-nitrogen slow-release formula during the spring.
Get Rid of Yellow/ Brown or Mushy stalks
If you are noticing yellow leaves and stalks, it can be a sign of too much fertilizer or too much light. Eliminate the yellow portion of the stalk and re-plant the part that is still green. Brown or mushy stalks indicate root rot so you should also remove the brown affected portion.
Protect The Plant From Pest
The presence of white, sticky matter or snail-like growths on the bamboo stalks signals the scale or spider mites infestation. If you observe any of these sign in your plant, wipe the stalks using soapy water, rinse thoroughly, and then replace the water.
Prevent Leave Burn
One of the common problems that your bamboo palm may encounter while kept in a container setting is leaf burn. The presence of too much salt in the water or excessive fertilizers within the soil can cause the leaf burn problem.
Either re-pot the bamboo palms or take out as much old soil as possible to solve the issue. Leaching the soil by flushing the pot with water can also help you get rid of such leave burn.
Keep It Away From Spider Mites
Spider mite can be a serious problem to your bamboo palms in hot and dry season. You will often observe small webbing at the leave edges before the appearance of the mites.
As the pests like hot and dry conditions, it is better to be on the lookout in the summer. Rinsing the leaves with a heavy stream of water cam eradicate the spider mites from the plant. Or you can simply use insecticidal soap or horticultural oil to treat the issue.