Bamboo

bambooGrowing Bamboo will add beauty and character while helping to create a tropical look few other plants can achieve.  Follow these easy steps to quickly and successfully grow Bamboo in your desired location.

 Location:

For best results, Bamboo will thrive in warm temperatures. Give your Bamboo a sunny spot that will provide some shade in the winter.  The combination of sun and frost in the winter can actually dehydrate the plant.  Bamboo prefers loamy soil which contains a mixture of sand, silt and clay and offers good drainage.  Also, since the Bamboo’s root system is shallow, provide protection from high winds.

Planting Instructions:

  1. Dig a hole with the same depth as the plant’s container and about twice its width.  Do not dig too deep or narrow as this will prevent the rhizomes from getting the necessary oxygen and nutrients.

  2. bamboo2Mix 1 part organic compost into the removed soil.  Do not use manure which can harm the young plant.

  3. Carefully place the Bamboo plant in the hole.

  4. Fill the Hole with the removed soil mixture making sure the plant is level and taking care not to damage the delicate roots of the Bamboo.

  5. Remove any air pockets that may have formed while filling the hole.

  6. Test the sturdiness of the plant once in the ground to make sure winds will not be able to topple it.

  7. Water generously to the entire planting area and firm down the surrounding soil.

Watering:

Water your Bamboo between 2-5 times each week as necessary.  Water frequency will differ depending on the time of year and local climate conditions.  Cooler locations typically require less frequent watering than warmer areas.

Fertilization:

Once your Bamboo becomes established you should implement a regular fertilizing schedule.  A high nitrogen organic fertilizer is the best choice for Bamboo. You can apply a standard lawn fertilizer high in nitrogen.  Apply once in the summer and again in the fall.

bamboo3Winter Protection

Keep your Bamboo protected from freezing temperatures and high winds.  It’s not actually the frost that will damage the Bamboo but the lack of moisture, so be sure to water as necessary.  The best protection against winds is to provide a location that can deflect direct winds and to make sure a strong root system is established while the plant is young.

Tips:

  • Cover the planting area with a layer of mulch to help protect the roots and rhizomes.

  • Use an organic mulch which will help promote healthy and vigorous growth, preserve moisture, and protect the plant from pests.