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How to remove algae from bamboo roots?

It has grown all over the roots and aquarium gravel. It is stealing the plant's water and growing around the base of the plant. (Quick question-how long do they live?)

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How to clean and remove the algae build-up on the stones surrounding the bamboo plant?

This is a delicate, exotic plant and must be treated accordingly. Gently remove the plant, shaking off any stones which may have attached themselves to the roots. Rinse and tenderly massage the roots in fresh cool water before placing the plant in glass of room temperature water.

Remove the stones and place them in a collander. If you have stones of various sizes/colours placed on top then remove them first and repeat the procedure with the second layer afterwards.

Placing the stones in a collander is very practical. Sprinkle the stones with salt, preferably table salt however kosher salt, sea salt etc. work just as efficiently. Be generous with the salt. You want to cover the stones, mix the salt in well with your hands and allow to set quietly in the collander.

If the vase/pot is also algae covered with a greenish-yellow film attached to its sides, sprinkle it as well generously with salt. DO NOT USE SOAP on either the stones nor the glass vase as this will contaminate the plant in the future.

Leave salt on stones and vase for 15-35 minutes depending on the quantity of the existing algae.

Mix and brush the salt in with your hand or a pot scrubbing brush until you are satisfied that the algae has been removed.

Rinse the stones and vase thoroughly with warm water until all salt has been washed out.

Replace stones in the bottom of the vase and carefully position the roots of the bamboo plant first. Cover the roots and fill vase with the remaining stones.

Water only with purified water if possible.

Avoid placing the Lucky Bamboo plant in direct sunlight.

* Follow these steps monthly and you will be able to avoid algae becoming a problem. With practice you will find this is an easy, environment-friendly and cost-friendly way to care for your Lucky Bamboo. By providing monthly maintanance to your bamboo plant you will be able to ensure its continued good health for the years to come!


Why does algae tend to grow in the bamboo plant's vase?

Usually one will see unwanted algae growth in the following circumstances:

The plant may be over-exposed to excessive amounts of sunlight which causes the algae to grow and multiply.

A lack of waterflow may also be an issue if there is insufficient clean water accessible to the plant. It will stagnate and turn green with fertile algae growth.

Displaying the plant in a clear vase/jar will encourage algae growth much more than a darker, ceramic or porcelain vase since glass will allow more direct contact with sunlight rather than the other types of vases which actually serve to block and in some cases limit the amount of light reaching the roots and stones.

Over-feeding your Bamboo plant does not necessarily make for a healthy atmosphere. When you are 'feeding' the plant you are actually also adding extra nutrients and substances to the water itself which will 'feed' the potential for algae growth. By supplying too many vitamins you may ironically be responsible for making your own algae problem get out of hand!


Avoid placing it in direct sunlight.

Make sure there is a clean, fresh supply of water in the vase.

Choose darker ceramic vases instead of clear glass for your bamboo plant.

Only feed your plant a couple of drops of vitamins mixed with its water supply, no more than once per month.

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