Why is my bamboo plant dying?

Updated April 17, 2017

Bamboo is a grass that can grow in a variety of climates and, according to, is known as the fastest growing "wood" plant in the world. As a houseplant, bamboo is used for decoration or as a symbol of luck. In these circumstances it can be frustrating when your bamboo plant is dying. By taking proper steps for its care, you can help to prevent the loss of your bamboo plant.


According to the American Bamboo Society, bamboo is not only decorative but also useful. Bamboo is used to make furniture, kitchenware and musical instruments. When grown outdoors, it makes for a thick and fast growing "wall" or a natural privacy fence.


In the practice of Feng Shui, bamboo is seen as a plant of luck and success, according to Bamboo is a strong and resilient plant that Feng Shui practitioners say helps to improve the energy in your home or office. These plants are easy to take care of as long as you stick to a few rules of their care.


Bamboo doesn't need direct sunlight, so keep it away from windows. The roots should always be covered with water, and the container needs to be more than half-filled at all times. Once a week, you should empty the water out of the container and refill it will clean, filtered water that doesn't have any chemicals.


If your plant is turning yellow, then it's too dry. If this continues to be an ongoing issue, make sure that you adhere to the rule of emptying out the container every week and refilling it with clean, filtered water that is not from a tap. Make sure all of the water is emptied, as stagnant water can breed bacteria in the root system.


Bamboo as a houseplant requires very little fertiliser. You can get a speciality bamboo food from your local greenhouse or nursery that can be added to the water. These bamboo foods are designed to give nutrients to the bamboo plant and help it to absorb the water faster. Check the roots to see if they are tangled. If they are, you may need to get a new, larger container for your bamboo plant. If that is the case, take great care when transferring the plant from the old container to the new one.

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Anne Kemp has been writing since 1998. She is a columnist for the "Frederick News-Post." a newspaper that is circulated in the D.C.-metro area, and she also writes a blog for FNP Online. Kemp attended the University of Maryland at Baltimore County and is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English at the University of California, Los Angeles.