Why Is My Lucky Bamboo Pale Color and Smelly?

As a supplier of lucky bamboo, we receive more orders during the winter months compared to the warmer months of spring and summer. However, shipping these tropical plants during cold temperatures can be quite challenging as they are accustomed to warmer environments and can easily be damaged when exposed to temperatures below 45 degrees. Unfortunately, there is always a possibility that the plant may freeze and die despite all our efforts.

To ensure that your tropical plant arrives safely during the winter season, we recommend the following three measures:

1. Transit Time: This is the most important factor to consider. Even if the transit time is just three days, the plant can still freeze. We suggest using expedited shipping whenever is possible to reduce the risk of the plant freezing.

2. Weather: Check the weather forecast not just in your city, but also in the locations the shipment will pass through. For example, if you are located in New York and we are shipping a lucky bamboo plant from Washington, the plant will likely pass through the coldest states in the midwest. You can use this website to track the weather across two different cities.

3. Pick Up, Unpack, and Check: Keep track of the tracking number and ensure that the plant is picked up as soon as possible upon delivery. Avoid leaving the plant outside in the cold for too long. When opening the package, verify that the plant's color, smell, and touch are all in good condition. For lucky bamboo plants, check that the bamboo stalks are not pale, soft, or wrinkled.


A bundle of frozen bamboo

If you're planning to order tropical plants during cold temperatures, it's important to take some steps to ensure that they arrive in good shape. By following these tips, you can better prepare yourself before placing your order and make sure that your plants are delivered without any damage. Whether you're a seasoned gardener or just starting out, these suggestions will help you get the most out of your tropical plant order.

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