I've been reading about the lucky bamboo on google, and I have one that hasn't had water for over 2 months. I was wondering whether it will survive.

I've uploaded a picture. I think only 1 of them has a bit of green leaves.

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    Looks pretty dead. What media was it growing in, and what do the roots look like now! Commented Feb 2, 2017 at 2:41
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    When was the last time you watered it? Hopefully you have started watering it now in case there is still hope
    – JStorage
    Commented Feb 2, 2017 at 20:36
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    Gone. Beyond recovery. :(
    – Brenn
    Commented Feb 2, 2017 at 21:43
  • So, was it dead, or only mostly dead?
    – Ecnerwal
    Commented Jun 13, 2017 at 2:50

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  • Efficient - toss it.
  • Nostalgia or other emotional attachment - water it and see what happens.

It's mostly dead. Whether it's all dead or not would be ignored by the efficient approach, investigated by the other approach.

Don't fertilize it. Just water it. Fertilizer is not helpful to plants that are not actively growing, and would do more harm than good when reviving a near-dead but perhaps just a tiny bit dormant plant.

If you water it and it stays dead for another month, toss it anyway, it was all dead.

  • Would anything be gained by removing the brown leaves? I wondered if they're sapping potential energy from the plant's effort to survive. I don't know if that's how it works with this type of plant. Thanks! Commented Feb 2, 2017 at 20:59
  • I"d be inclined to cut the green stalk off, dip the cut end into rooting hormone and stick it in rain water to see if it roots. Commented Feb 2, 2017 at 23:48
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    @Sue those leaves are dead. They won't be sapping anything from anywhere. One could remove them for aesthetic reasons.
    – Stephie
    Commented Feb 3, 2017 at 5:21

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