Mold is a common enemy of house plants and finding it on lucky bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana) isn't uncommon. Mold can appear on the stalk, leaves and even the vase, and while it won't kill your lucky bamboo, it's unhealthy and unsightly. Protect yourself from inhaling the mold or it infecting an open sore by wearing protective gloves and a mask over your mouth and nose when cleaning your lucky bamboo. As lucky bamboo grows in water in tropical environments, it's affected by the humid conditions. Black spots caused by sooty mold are the result of an aphid infestation that is attractive to ants and can be washed or sprayed off.
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Protect your home’s environment and neighboring plants by using home remedies to get rid of mold on your lucky bamboo.
Preventing Mold on Lucky Bamboo
Maintaining a healthy environment for any plant is essential. Lucky bamboo grows in soil or water. When placed in a clear glass container, monitoring the water for clarity is a key indicator of good health. Using distilled water, change the water at least every two to three months or when it starts looking cloudy and drop some bamboo nutrients into the water twice a year. The quantity depends on how many stalks are growing in the vase. Read the instructions on the liquid fertilizer to determine the exact quantity to use.
Check the roots of the bamboo plant by removing it from the water and carefully investigating it for mold. If mold is present, know that it can create a barrier between the nutrients in the water and the root. Clean the roots by gently washing them with distilled water and be sure to clean the rocks, if present, and the vase itself. Use sterilized scissors to trim the roots slightly, but no more than one-third of the total root growth.
Remedies for Lucky Bamboo Mold
Mold on the leaves of a lucky bamboo plant can be extinguished by soaking the plant in a combination of distilled water and baking soda for one hour. Use white vinegar and room temperature distilled water to clean the vase or pot and return the bamboo to a sanitized environment. Create a spray by mixing 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 1 tablespoon of oil and adding a tablespoon of dish soap to a gallon of water. This should be applied to the plant weekly until there are no more signs of mold on the leaves. These home remedies are preferred to using commercial chemicals.
You don't need fancy technology to test your water for mold or other bacteria. Use the "smell test." Give the vase water a good sniff and your nose will alert you to whatever may be causing your lucky bamboo to be not so lucky. Keep your plant in indirect sunlight and check neighboring plants for signs of mold as the spores spread easily. Lucky bamboo doesn't like drowning in water. Two inches of water is sufficient for a plant that's between 8 to 14 inches in height.