Bamboo Plant Turning Yellow?

The first thing that comes into your mind when you hear the word “yellow” is probably the color of the leaves of some tropical plants such as palms or trees. However, if you look at most bamboos (and even many other types of bamboo) they are not greenish-brown but rather a pale yellow color.

Why does it turn yellow?

There are several reasons why bamboo plants may turn yellow. One reason is due to the presence of iron oxides in the soil. These compounds react with sunlight and produce chlorophyll, which gives plants their green coloration. Another reason could be from high levels of nitrogen fertilizer in the soil, which results in excess nitrates being released into the air. Nitrogen fertilizers have been known to cause some plants to become stunted.

However, there are other factors that can cause bamboo plants to turn yellow too. Some common causes include:

Overwatering – Watering too much will result in the water becoming cloudy and brownish-red in color. If you notice that your bamboos are turning yellow, then it’s time for you to change your watering schedule!

Underwatering – This is pretty uncommon but can happen in some cases. Underwatering causes yellowing along with yellow patches from the leaves. If you suspect under-watering, then you should increase your watering routine!

Natural Conditions – Different types of bamboos naturally grow in different conditions. It is possible that your plants are not getting the right nutrients, water and sunlight required for it to be healthy and green. It is also recommended to research the type of bamboo to grow in your area. For example, clumping bamboos prefer a lot of sunlight while running bamboos prefer to be in the shade most of the time.

Too Much Shade – Bamboo plants like sun and direct exposure to light. If you’re growing your bamboo alongside some tall trees, it may not receive enough sunlight. In this case, you may need to plant it somewhere else.

Too Much Sunlight – Just like how bamboos don’t do well in the shade, they also don’t do well with excessive sunlight exposure. If your bamboo is located somewhere with an excessive amount of sunlight exposure throughout the day, then the leaves will begin to turn yellow. In this case, you may need to relocate it or provide it some sort of shade throughout the day.

Improper Location – Bamboo plants thrive in places where the climate is warm.

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