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Here is how to save Bamboo Tree from dying

Bamboo Tree

Bamboo trees are a favourite addition in any outdoor green space. They complement other aspects of the garden well and provide a visual feast for those who appreciate natural floral beauty. The bamboo species is an evergreen plant variety that is a type of grass found all over the world. Bamboo enjoys moist conditions with a good drainage system to allow it to develop well. The plant is fast growing because it is hollow on the inside but does take a long time to propagate. The plant is known for fetching high prices given the effort involved in breeding new bamboo.

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The tree can survive in hot and cold temperatures and offers great screening protection. At Kilby Park Tree Farm, we offer bamboo wholesale to landscapers and gardeners. For the best variety of bamboo plants at a bamboo nursery in Melbourne, browse our entire range online. Our bamboo plants are all kept in healthy conditions and are ready to be replanted in the ground or pot at its new home. It is important to ensure that your soil is moist and, following planting, make sure that the plant receive indirect sunlight and regular watering. Avoid fertilising at the start, and take care of your new plant by applying an organic compost with slow releasing nutrients.

Given below are the steps to save bamboo tree from dying

Yellowing Bamboo Leaves is an alarm

Yellow bamboo leaves should not be ignored. The cause of yellow leaves is either lack of watering, too much sunlight, chlorinated water, poor draining soil system or under or over fertilising. Whatever the cause might be, it is best to remove the yellow leaves immediately by pruning the plant with sharp and sterile scissors. Since the plant grows fast, any unhealthy symptoms can spread fast so it is wise to remove any yellow bamboo leaves without delay. Take care when pruning the plant to avoid damaging the stem or leaves, or transferring the unhealthy condition to other stems.

Fertilize One to Two Times Per Year

Avoid fertilising the bamboo plant regularly throughout the year. One or two times per year with an appropriate liquid fertiliser is sufficient. The best time to fertilise bamboo is during Spring and Summer. Remember to check whether your plant needs fertiliser. If the plant is healthy, fertilising should be avoided. Bamboo plants are hardy and with regular water and indirect sunlight, the plant will thrive and grow fast in all weather conditions. Your bamboo plant might also benefit from the soil being replaced on an annual basis with organic compost with slow releasing nutrients.

Avoid Chlorinated Water

Bamboo plants do not like chlorinated water. The chlorine in water will affect the root system and cause the plant to become unhealthy. If the water from your tap or bottle contains traces of chlorine (you can test this with a kit from your hardware store), make sure you readjust the pH level of the water so that it averages pH 6.0 before applying to the bamboo plant. You must also ensure that the existing soil condition of the bamboo plant does not exceed pH 6.0 otherwise the water will not neutralise the chemical balance in the soil. Over time, chlorine from rainfall will build up in the root system so it is important to clean the plant with neutral water and ensure that the soil drains well.

Keep the Bamboo’s Bowl Clean (in case of small bamboo plant)

The bowl of a bamboo plant must be kept clean. Replace the water every 7 to 10 days and ensure that the water is at room temperature – i.e. not too hot or not too cold. Replacing the water to the root system can shock the plant so take care and ensure that the roots are not left exposed for too long between changing the water. Make sure the pH of the water is around 6.0 and avoid adding in liquid fertilisers during the water change. When cleaning the bowl, use plain tap water without any soaps or liquids and ensure that all dirt, deposits and other chemicals are removed from the bowl.

Prune Dying or Dead Leaves and Stems

If your bamboo plant has dying or dead leaves or stems, you will notice that the leaves or stems are turning yellow. This is a sign that the plant is unhealthy and if untreated will spread to other parts of the bamboo plant. To prune dying or dead leaves and stems, make sure that you use pointy and sterile scissors so that the plant is pruned without contaminating the rest of the plant. Make sure you dispose the cut leaves and stems securely so that the unhealthy symptoms do not transfer to the healthy parts of the plant. To avoid bamboo leaves and stems turning yellow, make sure you place the plant in indirect sunlight, water regularly and ensure that the water is draining through the roots effectively.

Bamboo Plants available at Kilby

  1. Bambusa oldhamii – This grand bamboo variety can reach heights of approximately 16 metres. If you are redesigning your garden with either a tropical or Japanese look, this variety offers optimal coverage and can be planted in series to screen out the surrounds. The long leaves and solid culms offer a crisp visual display.
  2. Bambusa textilis Gracillis – With its speared and pointy leaves, this grass variety can grow to a height of 7 metres. Like all bamboo plants, this variety prefers part shade and regular watering. Remember to prune yellow leaves and to ensure that the root system is well irrigated and drained.
  3. Drepanostachyum falcatum – A soft and compact bamboo that clumps together, this variety makes for a pleasant bushy houseplant. Growing to 3 metres high by 1 metre wide, a series of these plants in pots will provide the perfect indoor screening.
  4. Thysanolaena maxima – The broad grassy green leaves of this plant offer the optimal screening protection. It is a fast growing variety that performs well in full sun to part shade with best results with regular watering and moisture.

FAQs- Bamboo Tree and Plants

Can yellow bamboo turn green again?

Healthy bamboo is green in colour. If you start seeing signs of yellow bamboo, it means that the plant is unhealthy. Remove the yellow leaves or stems and dispose. Ensure that the remaining green bamboo is unaffected and check that the water soil condition is pH 6.0 and that the water is draining well through the soil.

How do you preserve a bamboo plant?

You can preserve a bamboo plant by watering it regularly, draining the water from the roots, removing yellow leaves, repotting the bamboo plant if the roots outgrow the pot, and by ensuring that all the roots are covered with soil and rocks. Like any plant, care and attention is required so that it stays healthy all year round.

How often should bamboo be watered?

Bamboo plants love water. Watering well once a week is advised. If there is enough rainfall, then watering less frequently is appropriate. However, make sure the water drains properly and does not cause the roots to become waterlogged or soggy. This can damage the bamboo plant.

Which bamboo is best for pots?

The best types of bamboo for pots are: Fargesia murieliae ‘Rufa’ (Umbrella bamboo), Fargesia nitida (Chinese fountain bamboo), Phyllostachys nigra (Black bamboo), Phyllostachys flexuosa (Sinuate bamboo), Semiarundinaria fastuosa (Narihira bamboo) and Phyllostachys vivax Aureocaulis (Golden chinese timber bamboo). Since bamboo roots are strong because they seek lots of water, have a well-built pot or container.

How do I know if my bamboo is healthy?

Green bamboo is healthy. If the bamboo plant receives enough sunlight, is planted in a moist ground with good drainage and the soil condition is stable at around pH 6.0, your bamboo plant will thrive. To care for bamboo, water well once a week and ensure any yellow leaves are removed immediately.

Can dead bamboo come back to life?

If your bamboo plant has yellow leaves or a yellow stem, take care to avoid spreading the cause to other bamboo stems. Remove yellow bamboo using a sterile device and dispose securely. Yellow is a sign that the plant is unhealthy due to an unstable pH in the soil. You should clean the soil and the plant with bottled water to help bring the bamboo plant back to full health.

How do you revive a dried bamboo plant?

Bamboo plants enjoy being watered to stay healthy. To help retain moisture around the root system, apply mulch and do not rake up fallen leaves. Bamboo plants enjoy indirect sunlight so ensure that there is sufficient shade. The ideal pH of the soil should be around 6.0.

How do you keep bamboo from rotting?

To prevent sawn bamboo from rotting, avoid direct soil contact. Bamboo that has been removed from the ground for application should be kept off the ground because moisture will cause the bamboo to rot and become susceptible to mould, fungi and termites. Make sure you seal the bamboo with a suitable oil or varnish.

How to Revive a Bamboo Plant – 6 Expert Ways to Rescue ...

Saving a bamboo plant that's dying is absolutely doable, whether yours is an indoor potted plant or growing outdoors in containers or borders.

An evergreen that prefers moist but free-draining soil, it's one of the best plants for privacy, and while it's easy to look after, it's not maintenance-free. 'Bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants and thrives in many different regions and zones,' say Mel Brasier, Garrett Magee, and James DeSantis of New York-based designers and landscapers The Manscapers. 'Bamboo is not the highest maintenance plant – but because it grows fast, you have to take specific care of it, including constant trimming and maintenance.'

We asked gardening experts how to revive bamboo plants, whether grown indoors or out. This is what they said.

Signs your bamboo needs reviving

Like most plants, your bamboo will give you early signs that it's unhappy. The main clue that a bamboo needs saving is that the green leaves will yellow and drop. Yellow leaves on bamboo won't turn green again, and you may even lose some stalks of your plant. However, that doesn't mean your bamboo is beyond saving entirely. In fact, with the right conditions, it will recover, and new shoots and stalks will grow back.

6 steps to saving a dying bamboo

Some fixes for ailing bamboo plants are easy, others more time-consuming; all are manageable even for beginner gardeners.

1. Ensure the bamboo plant is getting enough good quality water

While bamboos are by nature hardy and great for low-maintenance gardens, if yours is struggling and especially if the leaves are starting to turn from lush green to yellow, you are better off switching from faucet water to filtered water. Faucet water will often contain chemicals that could be damaging to the bamboo, so make the change and you'll more than likely notice improvements.

'For golden bamboo, continue a watering schedule of approx once week depending on the size,' says Kat Aul Cervoni, landscape designer and founder of Staghorn NYC, and The Cultivation by Kat. 'Overwatering is just as damaging as underwatering, so you want to make sure it's not oversaturated. For a lucky bamboo plant, which isn't actually bamboo, but is a member of the Dracaena family, these water-dwelling plants should have their water changed two to three times a week to ensure freshness. It is sensitive to water quality, so if you find that your plant's foliage is yellowing even with lots of careful water changes, you may need to switch to watering your plant with bottled or distilled water, or be sure to use an at-home water filter to filter water before watering it.'

A weekly water routine should suffice but do regularly check the moisture of the soil; whether your plant is indoors or out. You could also add mulch to the pot or around the roots of the bamboo to ensure it retains moisture between watering.

Top tip: If your bamboo plant has dried out, landscape gardener Andy Sturgeon suggests some tips. 'Dried-out plants should have dead stems cut back and the whole pot should be submerged in a large bucket of water or even a pond until all the air bubbles come out.'

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2. Expose the plants to adequate sunlight

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Most species of bamboo enjoy plenty of sunlight, however, constant direct sunlight could cause the leaves to turn brown and the plant to become dehydrated quickly. If your plant is in a pot or container, try moving it to a spot that's still bright but gets more filtered or indirect sunlight. Bamboo will grow in shady spots too, but just slower, which could be seen as a good thing since they can quickly get out of hand. Bear in mind if you want to use bamboo as a privacy fence, a sunny spot will help it grow tall and fast.

'Both golden bamboo and lucky bamboo plants thrive in bright, indirect sunlight with a minimum of 6 hours of sunlight each day,' says Kat. 'Low-light rooms, or darker corners won't be the right spots for them. Since these are tropical plants, be sure not to place them near vents or heaters as these can be extra drying and disrupt the humidity needed for them to thrive. Using a diluted fertilizer to feed your bamboo plant every 2-3 months will also help keep it green and happy.'

3. Try adding fertilizer to the soil

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Fertilizer isn't essential for the bamboo to thrive, but if your tropical garden and its plants are looking a bit worse for wear giving them a boost of nutrients will help. Use a nitrogen-rich fertilizer, to begin with, and then switch to a fertilizer with a more balanced pH. If you keep your bamboo in pots and containers then you should be feeding them regularly with a liquid feed.

'If your bamboo plant is looking a little dull, wilted, or brown, the extra nutrients from fertilizer can help perk it up,' says Whitney Bromberg Hawkings, founder of FLOWERBX. 'We recommend one rich in nitrogen to help give it an extra mineral boost.'

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4. Give the plant a good prune

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If it's just a small section of your plant that's wilting or turning yellow, cutting this away will help the rest of the plant continue to thrive. You should always pull off problem leaves (ones that look dry or yellow) and cut away any bad stalks that are shriveled and dehydrated.

'When long shoots become brown and dry hack them off,' say Mel, Garrett, and James. 'They need to be constantly trimmed and pruned back to make sure that the green shines through. As bamboo searches for light, it grows taller and taller – it loves a healthy amount of sun. Every 6-8 months, or once a season it's a good idea to get an extended saw, or trimmer and hack off the top layers so that it doesn't droop too far into your yard or space, and then inhibit your sunlight that the bamboo is so desperately searching for.'

You should also prune your bamboo if it starts to flower. It's not a guarantee but a flowering bamboo can die or at least weaken the plant, turning it brown. So when you catch a flowering shoot, remove it straight away to discourage more flowers.

If you have left it to the point where the whole plant is flowering, you can try and revive the bamboo by feeding it and watering it regularly. Then once it's finished flowering, cut the whole plant right back to the ground. This may seem brutal but it will hopefully encourage new growth and ensure you have a healthy courtyard garden.

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5. Check for signs of pests

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'Insects are a big cause of bamboo dying – so make sure that there are no pests taking over your bamboo,' say, Mel, Garrett, and James. 'There are many organic and non-toxic pesticides in the market now – one natural bug deterrent is neem oil.' If you're wondering how to use neem oil for plants, you could add it to a spray bottle, or mix it with water or soap.

If aphids are the problem, you can try soap spray. Just mix soap and water with a ratio of 1/4 together in a clean spray bottle and then cover the plant, focusing on the underside of the leaves and you'll find this is where most insects will be.

6. Protect your bamboo over the winter

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Bamboo is hardy, we've established that, however, they will start to suffer when temperatures drop below freezing. If it's not an option to bring your bamboo inside or pop it in a summerhouse, Mel, Garrett, and James suggest some options: 'Wrapping up your bamboo in burlap in the wintertime will help protect it from snow damaging the long limbs. If a lot of snowfall occurs it can easily break and damage the bamboo, so having it covered and wrapped will help protect it, and keep those long shoots strong, and tall, and healthy-looking.'


Can yellow bamboo leaves turn green again?

Yellow bamboo leaves will not turn green again. Instead, let them drop or gently prune them off the plant. You may find that the yellow leaves are attached to a single stem of your plant and it is this part of the plant that has died back. In this case, it's best to trim off that stalk at soil level. New ones will grow back in its place if you can correct the conditions that are causing your bamboo to show signs of distress.

Why is my indoor bamboo dying?

There are various reasons a bamboo plant, indoors or out, might start to die. One reason might be pot size. Ideally, you want to choose a container that has enough space for the plant to grow and thrive. The pot size is determined by the plant's diameter. A standard size range is from two to thirty inches although the larger ones are mostly used outdoors. For a bamboo plant, you could consider two, three, five, and seven inches.

Another might be its position: to help bamboo thrive and keep it looking its best, keep it in a sunny spot that's not in direct sunlight for more than five hours a day and water it weekly with clean, filtered water. Too much direct sunlight however will dehydrate the plant and could cause the leaves to shrivel so be sure to choose a spot that's either in filtered sunlight or indirect sunlight.

'Your indoor plant should be in a room with lots of light, but you may want to position it so it's not directly in the sun's path – filtered light, or light that bounces off of walls or floors will help keep the plant from drying out,' says Whitney. 'The amount of light your plant needs will also depend on the exact species, so it's worth knowing what kind of bamboo plant you have and understanding what it requires.'

As a quick rule of thumb, you can often judge how much light an indoor bamboo plant needs based on the size of its leaves. A species with smaller leaves need more light, whereas a plant with larger leaves would be fine in a shadier position.

Beyond those basics, you also want to consider what your bamboo is growing in. 'Bamboo plants soon become pot bound meaning there is little soil to retain moisture and nutrients for the roots to access.' says Andy. 'So it's important that the pot or container should be big enough to sustain it and you will have to repot it fairly regularly for it to stay healthy. You always want your pot or container to be twice the size of the root ball.'

Finally, revive dying bamboo by getting the watering routine just right. Bamboo plants will need watering weekly. If outside that can of course come naturally from rainfall – just be sure to monitor the moisture of the soil in warmer, drier months. If your bamboo plant is kept indoors, you'll need to manually water it once a week, and will need more frequent watering in the summer.

'Bamboo plants generally need water once a week, but keep an eye on its soil texture – in hotter or drier months, you may need to water it a little more often,' says Whitney.

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