"Ribbon" plan from PetSmart (Lucky Bamboo) submersible as advertised? Mine dying


I've got conflicting information. I have one of these (see picture - link below) in a tank given to me and it looks very very poor. The Petsmart page says Top Fin "Ribbon" is also know as "Lucky Bamboo." Petsmart description says it can grow "fully or partially submersed" yet other posts here indicate that Lucky Bamboo cannot stay submersed, leave must be above water.

My plant is just the top leaves sticking out of the substrate (gravel). There is no "stalk" to see.

is it Lucky Bamboo or not and is it "fully" submersible?

I think I need to remove from tank and try to rejuvenate mine with just the stalk submerged???

Thank you in advance for your help.


That is weird because it also says:

Semi-aquatic plants require a tropical community aquarium with water temperatures ranging between 59-80º F (15-26º C). Use an aquarium heater to maintain water temperature.
Which seems to indicate it is a semi-aquatic plant.

We have these at work and it does say semi-aquatic on the container. They probably indicate it can be fully submersed, but that would just be temporary as it would kill the plant eventually - hence why most recommend against having them in an aquarium. They are meant for a houseplant or in a terrarium.

Bob Ellis

It isn't aquatic, it can be grown in shallow water but it will start to rot if fully submerged.

Fun fact: it isn't bamboo either.
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OK.. That is what I suspected. I'll put it out and try a terrarium grow if it will survive. It's in pretty poor shape.


Here's the profile I did on them:


That Top Fin White Ribbon plant should have come in a tube that is labeled "semi-aquatic" if it came from the plant tank, it is a lucky bamboo plant that's tag on the tank should also say "semi-aquatic"

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