I've got a lucky bamboo with two stalks. One stalk (right to the bottom and left at the top - blue turtle) looks green and healthy, but the most recent leaves started look yellow-ish. The other stalk (left to the bottom and top at the top - purple turtle) turned pale and after inspection I found the wounds. The bamboo doesn't smell bad but certainly looks harmed and weak. Is this some kind of mold/mildew on the stalks? What could I do to cure my plant?

Edit. To be more precise, I'm not worried about the yellow leaves. I'm afraid my plant is suffering from some kind of mold or mildew. Please see my last picture in detail and you'll find some similarities with this picture: the skin of the plant is getting hurt and some small black dots are growing over the scars. How can I cure this?

See yellow leaves to the left, but the stalk is green

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    Possible duplicate of Why has our lucky bamboo turned yellow?
    – kevinskio
    Commented Jun 20, 2016 at 0:47
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    @kevinsky I've read all of the "yellow lucky bamboo" questions before asking, but they all were about not giving the plant enough water or something similar. In my case, I'm especially interested in knowing what kind of "mold" this is and how I can cure it. I'll edit my question to be more specific.
    – mugen
    Commented Jun 20, 2016 at 1:54

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I'd suggest changing the water using fresh bottled water, and putting the plants into separate containers so whatever is affecting one won't affect the other.

The yellow leaves can be removed as they are dead.

  • Thank you for your comment. Yesterday I did exatly what you suggested. Additionally, I cut the scarred stalk hoping the plant will survive. Now it'll only need some time to see if it works.
    – mugen
    Commented Jun 21, 2016 at 13:53

I had the same problem last year. The 4 lucky bamboo plants I had for about 2 years, started getting yellow leaves here & there. Then I noticed the stalk on one was yellow. I looked at around 10-15 different sites about that issue w the bamboo, and did what they all said. Separate the yellow stalk from the rest to prevent spreading; changed the water then carefully rinsed the stalks & the roots. The plants were all in water and/or pebbles so it was easy to remove, clean, & change the water. I used filtered water when I put them back in their vases. ( I also cleaned the vases thoroughly, and the stones) and hoped they'd be OK. I also read that clear vases might help so I did that to 2 of the 4 plants. Anyway a few days later the smell was back and the other stalks were yellowing slightly. I removed those yellow ones and waited a few more days. Basically after a little over a week they were all yellowing from the bottom up and leaves were dying. Even with their location in the house the same and everything, they still all died. They were healthy and growing good then all the sudden they're all dying. Nothing changed in the house or anything so it was a mystery what caused it in the first place. I researched online again, & read that tap water is fine if you've been using it from day one, so you really shouldn't switch the type of water or the frequency of watering. They are VERY sensitive plants so any changes can cause probs. I also had some sites saying clear containers were better for bamboo, but as soon as they were in clear ones, they seemed to die faster. I guess the light makes bacteria grow in the water, and it makes the water get cloudy when that happens. So basically following steps that all the sites say still didn't help. I think once these plants start to go, they're very hard to save. I was so sad when they died, but I think if I would've just removed the yellow one from the start and left everything else alone, they'd probably be OK. Its important not to try to hard to fix the problem. It might end up making it worse....

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