I’m totally bummed. I’ve had this bamboo plant for several years now and it has always thrived. For some reason, this month it appears to have died. I haven’t moved it and the weather is the same as it usually is… mildly cold and rainy. We had a few sunny days, but nothing too extraordinary. Here is the plant back in October:
Those previously lush green leaves, with healthy and normal hints of red and yellow have turned into this:
This plant has survived several years in Portland outside. In the summer, I watered it everyday and it thrived and grew fuller and lusher every day. I replanted it with fresh soil back in July or August and it continued to do well. When the rains started, I stopped watering it just as I had in years past. When it was sunny for a few days this month, I watered it a bit. This was around the time I noticed it really wasn’t looking too hot.
I actually found the info tag that came with the plant. The bamboo variety is “Gulf Stream Nandina.” The instructions state:
- Plant in full sun for best leaf color and growth. Will tolerate light shade.
- Hardy to -10 degrees to 0 degrees F.
- Type: Evergreen. (I think this means it is NOT supposed to turn brown and yellow and dead looking! Ever!)
- Keep soil moist until established. Drought tolerant when established.
- Asexual reproduction of this plant is prohibited by law. (Tee hee. Um, I realize this is probably irrelevant to my current problem but I thought that little notice was funny when I read it.)
I don’t know anything about plants and this is one of only two plants I own. The other is a tiny spider plant in my kitchen. So what happened? What can I do? Any ideas? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.