Monday, 7 November 2011

Plant troubles

Okay now this may be a bit of a strange question, but has anyone ever trimmed back their “lucky bamboo” plants before?

Although I can grow just about anything in the garden me and house plants do not have a good relationship. I forget to water them and in turn they choose to die. I bought a lucky bamboo plant a few years ago and the sucker has just taken off. I usually end up killing them with in the first 6 months so I am quite happy that this one is indeed lucky. However, the problem is that it is getting so tall and I am not sure if you can trim back the leaves or not. I looked online and there is a lot of information on transplanting the plant as a whole as well as how to transplant stalks you removed. However, I couldn’t really find anything on cutting back the leaves. I am not sure if I trim all the way down to the stalk if anything will grow back or not. I don’t want to kill my lucky little plant so if anyone has successfully given this a try let me know.

In other news....there is still a lot of snow. I went for a walk around the front of the yard last night and I would say that there is a good 7 to 8cm of snow out there. I think a lot of it blew in like usual, but it was nothing compared to the 15-25cm they were calling for by mid afternoon. Of course you always hope that the first snow goes away in a few days, however I do not see that happened this year. The temperatures for the rest of the week are around -2C daytime and -10C at night. SO unless we get a nice warm front...winter is here to stay 

6 comments:

  1. Oh I hope you keep that snow out there for a bit yet...here in NB; we had a little but it is now gone; and temp of 13 today and sunny. fall is back..lol.

    About the plant...I had no luck with mine at all...I usually over water or not enough water...I tend to forget them...but my son has trimmed his back and it grows steadily. He trims back about 1/2 the height...good luck with it...

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  2. I kill house plants too. Even herbs. Like you I forget to water them. I shocked myself when I was able to grow veg outside.

    Good luck with the bamboo.

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  4. Checked it out- I thought you could! Excerpt from article....

    http://houseplants.about.com/od/typesofhouseplants/a/LuckyBamboo.htm

    Trimming, however, is an important part of keeping your lucky bamboo healthy. Over time, most plants will become top heavy, or intricate shapes will begin to lose their form. In general, it's not a good idea to cut the main stalk of a lucky bamboo. Instead, cut the offshoots with sterile snippers. You can trim offshoots back to within an inch or two of the main stem. New shoots will soon emerge, and the resulting plant will be bushier. To discourage new growth, dip the cut end in parafin.

    If you want to change its shape dramatically, you can cut a whole offshoot flush against the main stalk. A tan scar will result, and new shoots may or may not emerge from the cut. Don't throw the trimmings away, as they can be used to propagate new lucky bamboo plants. If you need to trim a main stalk for some reason, new shoots will emerge from below the cut, and the top portion—assuming it's healthy—can be used to start a new plant.

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  5. Maybe if you turned those blinds down on it to give it more Sun that would help! it's such a lovely plant, I want one like it :o)

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  6. Gingerbreadhouse7- LOL i had to close them for the picture since it made it too busy. The plant is healthy, just getting too big. I bought it at Walmart for 5 dollars. If i didn't think it would die I would mail you a couple of offshoots!

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