Bamboo Palm Turning Yellow

Hi Judy, I probably love plants as much as you do. I have a question .I have a bamboo plant.Some of the leaves are yellow is that too much water. Do they need a lot of water or not? and my jade plant as well does that need a lot of water?
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Hi Theresa,

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It is normal for a few fronds at the bottom of a Bamboo Palm to turn yellow. If fronds throughout the plant are yellowing it is probably too much water or the quality of your water. Allow the top 1/3 of the soil of a Bamboo palm to dry out before watering.  These plants like barely moist but never soggy soil. Never allow a Bamboo Palm to sit in the excess water that drains from the pot. Do not use water that has passed through a softener because the high salt content damages the leaves. Leaf tips look pale in color and green leaves fall off an over-watered Bamboo Palm. New growth and leaf tips turn brown when a bamboo palm is under-watered. The confusing thing is that yellow leaves can develop when the plant is over or under- watered, so you need to check the soil as far down as you can to know what the exact problem is.

learn to recognize, grow, and care for a Bamboo palm
Bamboo Palm
Chamaedorea seifrizii


Bamboo Palms are very susceptible to spider mites. These plant pests suck the color out of the leaves. Run your fingers along the yellow fronds and see it they feel gritty; also look closely and check if there is any fine webbing. You can read how to treat spider mites in the Glossary of the website.

Some consider this plant poisonous, so I advise keeping a Bamboo Palm away from pets and children. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous inDon’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants.

A jade plant likes very dry soil. They are Succulent Plants that have the ability to store water in their leaves, stems and roots. Water well and then allow the soil to dry out completely before watering again.

Learn to identify a jade plant and care tip
Jade Plant

You can read all my care tips for both of these plants in the Popular Houseplant section of the website.