What this guide will offer:
Green Green Plant Food (Lucky Bamboo) instruction.
<< Instruction also can be used for Super Green Plant Food >>
Tap Water vs Filtered Water.
Why are the STALKS turning yellow or brown/drying out.
How the location of the plant can kill the plant.
Murky and smelly water, what does that mean.
How often you have to change the water.
Can Lucky Bamboo be planted in soil.
Roots, healthy or not.
What is GREEN GREEN Plant Food?
Green Green is a fertilizer, mixed with nitrogen, phosphoric acid and potassium.
Green Green promotes and speeds up the growth of flowers and plants.
(the information below is listed from the manufacturer's/retail box under "Guaranteed Analysis")
Ammoniacal Nitrogen (0.003%)
Nitrate Nitrogen (0.002%)
Available Phosphate (0.01%)
Soluble Potash (0.02%)
Made in Korea
For Lucky Bamboo: GENERAL Instruction
- Empty 2 (36 ml) bottles into 1 gallon of water.
Use that mixture to water your bamboo as often as needed.
For plants in dear need (yellow leaves, weeping leaves): Add a GOOD SQUIRT or two depending on how many stalks you have directly into the vase the bamboo is sitting in.
Tap water versus Filtered water (or bottled water)?
- Tap water has minerals that cause mineral build up around the bamboo stalks (looks like harden white flakes). The minerals do not harm the bamboo but aesthetically, it may not look so ‘clean & nice.’ A high level of fluoride may cause bamboo to yellow.
- Filtered water or bottled water has fewer minerals than tap water. It also doesn’t contain the percentage of fluoride tap water has. It will decrease the amount of mineral deposit on the bamboo. Is it necessary? Personally, no. It cost more because you are using filtered/bottle water.
- DON’T use EXTREMELY cold water: i.e Refrigerated water. Cold tap water is fine!
What do I personally use in terms of water?
Tap water. The mineral will be there none the less and every once in a while, I do transfer my bamboo into larger pots so the roots have room to grow.
What if the lucky bamboo STALK is turning yellow, will Green Green help?
By the time the STALK is yellow, the stalk is DYING. You won’t bring it back to life with Green Green. The best thing to do is remove the yellow stalk and throw it away. The decay/yellow stalk will just murk up the water and might cause contamination of the water to the other healthy stalks.
What if the bamboo LEAVES are turning yellow or brown (dried)?
The leaves turning yellow or drying out is a sign that your bamboo needs nutrition and may need a change of area. Apply a GOOD SQUIRT (use your own judgement) of Green Green into the vase the bamboo is resting in. Cut off the yellow or dried part of the leaves.
Why is the AREA of where the plant is at important?
Lucky Bamboo plant does NOT like direct sunlight.
It would be happy to live in a bathroom with no windows.
Does NOT like cold air.
Doesn’t mind a nice breeze or two, but not constant.
Therefore, DO NOT take it outside.
It’s an indoor plant.
If the bamboo doesn’t seem to do well in the current place you have it, move it. See if it helps.
Murky and smell water can be also be a cause of bad bamboo health!
If your bamboo’s water is murky and smelly, it can be a cause to why the Lucky Bamboo isn’t growing or looking healthy. There may be a decaying stalk (from the inside of the stalk) that hasn’t shown visual signs yet.
What to do then?
Clean the vase up, Add fresh filtered water that’s room temperature and add a good amount of Green Green into it. You may or may not know if the plant can be saved but it’s worth a try.
Do you need to change the water of the bamboo often?
No. If it’s really murky and smelly, yes. But most of the time, you are just adding on more Green Green water mixture.
Lucky bamboo will always produce roots. It will grow roots as long as it has enough room to grow. With healthy root growth, the bamboo will grow long tall leaves. If your pot has become too small, consider transferring it into a bigger pot. NEVER plant the lucky bamboo into soil. Its’ NOT a soil loving plant. It will die.
Some users have told me that trimming the roots will help the growth of new roots. Some have even cut the bottom of the bamboo (about 3 mm or so) to give it a new ‘jump start’ if the plant looks like its dying. I have never tried the ‘jump start’ routine, but I have trimmed the roots and that has worked for me.
Who is the author of this page?
My name is Kim (BloomingFleur) and I have grown Lucky Bamboo for the past twelve years. I do NOT have a green thumb. I kill most plants I ever had when I was a little girl. However, I have done well with Lucky Bamboo with the help of Green Green. My mom can grow anything…she has a green thumb.
If you follow the above instructions, you may have a long loving Lucky Bamboo plant, however, please keep in mind that I’ve written this “Guide” based on my personal use of Green Green Plant Food with Lucky Bamboo and can NOT guarantee that they will always work. Use with caution and at your own discretion. It’s a plant and like any other plant, Green Green may or may not work per user basis.
Have I written a previous guide?
Yes. It is titled “A Simple Guide on how to use Green Green Lucky Bamboo Plant Food/Fertilizer” back in 2006 when I first discovered the use of Green Green.
Here are some feedback I have received throughout the years of selling Green Green Plant Food:
"Thank you. My Lucky Bamboo is much happier." - sallym87 01/10/11
"wonderful product, my bamboo grew to double size in a few days with this" - 1-world_exotic_treasures_ebstore 11/19/10
"STEROID FOR PLANTS! I WISH YOU COULD SEE WHAT IT DOES FOR ALL MY PLANTS! THANKS" - auctionreferences
"i love this stuff as do my plants" - ebay user 7/13/08
"GREAT PRODUCT!! AWESOME EBAYER!!!!!" - ebay user 5/27/08
"This plant food is the greatest, my lucky bamoo is growing nice, Thanks!" - ebay user 5/23/08
"fast shipping thanx i love the green green" - ebay user 5/21/08