Caring for bamboo is a breeze! Learn how to take care of this versatile plant with these five tips.
Bamboo has been used in gardens and yards by people worldwide for thousands of years, but it’s only recently that we’ve come to understand just what an excellent addition it can be.
It grows rapidly while requiring little maintenance – truly one of nature’s greatest gifts when you compare its qualities against other options like grass or flowers, which require daily watering and regular trimming as they grow towards their expiration date at year 8-10 depending on where you live (in some climates bamboos last much longer than others).
Bamboo also offers more privacy due to thicker foliage; giving your yard or garden a unique look without sacrificing functionality
Let’s take a closer look at bamboo.
5 Steps to Growing Bamboos
Bamboo is a fast-growing, sustainable resource that can be both beautiful and functional. It’s often used as a home decorating item or added to landscaping for its natural beauty and architectural texture.
This blog post will discuss four steps to get started with bamboo by planting it from seedlings!
Step One: Seeds or seedlings
Bamboo is a fast-growing plant that requires little maintenance. The fastest way to get started with growing bamboo is by planting it from seedlings.
To grow your own bamboo plants, there are two ways of going about the process; either purchasing one at the store or starting them yourself.
To do so at home takes some work but leads to an inexpensive setup for years worth of growth.
Planting seeds also means quicker results since they’ll germinate in just three weeks! However, if time isn’t something you have, you can purchase a seedling at the nursery.
Step Two: Bamboo Plants
Bamboo plants thrive in many different environments and are the perfect choice for anyone looking to add some greenery without all of the hassles.
Bamboo naturally grows in moist, swampy areas, but it thrives just as well in dry climates with no soil or watering needed! If you’re outgrowing your space or need something that’ll grow quickly under harsh conditions, then plant bamboo!
For those looking for more information on properly caring for bamboo plants, check out this link.
Step Three: Purchasing Seedlings
Purchasing Seedlings from a local hardware store like Ace Hardware, Home Depot, Lowe’s, etc., following these.
To find the proper bamboo seedlings for your area, you can check the bamboo species list to identify which type of bamboo is native to your region.
Step Four: Planting bamboo
The best time for planting new seedlings in the ground or container gardens is during springtime when soil temperatures reach at least 40 degrees Fahrenheit (or about four months after the last frost).
With that being said, it’s still possible to plant from seeds any month throughout the year and grow a successful garden as long as they are given proper care.
Step Five: Planting bamboo in containers
If you are looking to grow bamboo in a container garden, it’s best to buy seedlings that have been grown for at least one year.
The easiest way is by purchasing your own plantings from the store and planting them directly into a pot or containers with loose soil. You should leave about two inches of space between each seedling so they can grow big and strong!
Growing bamboo this way will require more attention than growing in the ground because plants need to be watered daily during their first months outside (if rainfall does not replenish watering needs).
Step Six: Harvesting, Drying, and Curing Your Grown Bamboo
Once you’ve taken care of it for long enough, harvest your mature bamboos by cutting them off at ground level with sharp scissors. Hang bundles upside down indoors away from direct sunlight until they’re dry.
To cure or dry growing bamboo for use in crafts, tie them loosely together and hang upside down for about a week before finishing the process by stripping off any remaining leaves.
Step Seven: Topping Bamboo
Once you’ve grown bamboo to its desired height, it’s time to top some of your stalks (or all). This is done every three years or when the shoots grow taller than twelve feet tall.
Cut or trim tops just below where they emerge from the ground like you would with other plants. Leave one foot of stalk above ground level so that new growth will appear from there!
Now let’s talk more details about growing bamboo from seeds:
Can you start growing bamboo from seeds?
It is possible to start with bamboo from seeds, but it will take a lot longer. It would also be harder as you’ll have no idea of what the end product will look like, though you can find out through research on how other people grow their bamboos from seedlings and compare your results.
The best way to get started growing bamboo is by planting it in seedling pots or trays made specifically for these types of plants so they don’t die when being transplanted.
The best bamboo seeds are those that are started from seeds but have already sprouted.
However, keep in mind that the seedlings will need to be planted after they’ve been grown for a couple of months so you can make sure to know what type and colors it is before planting them out permanently.
To start growing bamboo from seeds. Plant at least two bamboo plants together (at least six inches apart) as this will create more branches than just one plant alone.
Bamboo spreads easily by rhizomes which grow underground; these shoots don’t always come up right away, though, because bamboos take their time before flowering – unlike other plants like tomatoes or cucumbers that flower quickly.
If you plant your bamboo clump too close together, rhizomes will grow out of the clump, and that’s not what you want.
When planting bamboo from seedlings: Start by removing weeds in your planter before placing them down, then dig a hole about twice as deep as the height of the plant is tall – this means if it only has one stalk coming up at six inches high, that would be nine inches deep (or 18 cm) for each side of the plant to ensure good roots growth.
After digging all four sides with an even depth, put some water into each hole to help push the soil in better, so they don’t dry out too quickly; cover again with dirt and water one more time.
Next, put the bamboo seedling in a hole that’s been dug to its appropriate depth for it – this is important as if they are too deep or shallow, they will not grow properly, so you may need to adjust your height depending on where you’re planting them to get it just right.
Bamboo prefers well-drained soil (not swampy!), making sure there isn’t any standing water left when finishing up with watering. Finally, cover the plant back up with dirt and pat down firmly until stable!
The next step? Be patient – while bamboo can be grown from seedlings fairly quickly by following these steps, they take a while to grow to maturity, so if you’ve planted from seedlings and want a nice bamboo patch, be patient – it will come!
Once all of your bamboos have been transplanted, water thoroughly but sparingly, as most bamboos prefer well-drained soil that does not get too much or too little moisture.
You can also use mulch on top of the row where they are planted to help drainage and keep weeds away. Now you’re ready for some awesome growth in no time at all!
Where Does Bamboo Grow?
When many people think of bamboo, images of overgrown swamps and jungles come to mind. But this versatile plant has many varieties and can add an exotic flair to almost any area.
Many people think that bamboo only grows in marshes or swamps. In fact, bamboo does not like to grow in soil that it too wet. It will grow well near the water, but too much water in the soil and bamboos may get root rot.
Many do not realize that bamboo is actually a grass. It is also one of the fastest growing woody plants on Earth; capable of growing a foot or more in a single day. Because of it’s rapid growth and low maintenance, bamboo is a great plant for the office.
People who do not live in the tropics often don’t consider bamboo as an option in their yard. Some bamboos can thrive in cool weather and survive temperatures as low as -15 degrees Fahrenheit.
This makes them suitable for planting zones 5 and up. They can be grown as far north as Wisconsin if they are properly cared for in the fall and winter.
Some of the best choices for cooler climates are:
- David Bisset Bamboo
- Giant Leaf Bamboo
- Incense Bamboo
- Ruscus Bamboo
Bamboo Plants as a Fence
Bamboo can make a great fence or divider between properties or as a quick growing shade plant. The diversity in the height of the plant allows for many options to fit any need. Some bamboos never get taller than a foot or two while others can tower over surrounding trees.
World’s Tallest Bamboo
The tallest bamboos are the Giant Bamboo (Dendrocalamus giganteus) and they can grow to heights of 100 feet or more.
Caring for Bamboo
Bamboo is a hardy plant and does not require a lot of attention. One of the best things to do to keep your bamboo healthy and happy is to keep the ground beneath it covered with 2-3 inches of good organic mulch. A leafy mulch or grass clippings works wonderfully.
Increasing the mulch layer to 4-6 inches before the first freeze will help keep your bamboo healthy and happy in colder climates. Don’t rake the bamboo leaves, as they will serve as a good ground covering to help keep it warm.
During scorching weather, make sure that your bamboos get plenty of water. Watering every day or every other day is probably needed in a hot or dry climate.
Bamboo and the Environment
Bamboo is very environmentally friendly and is one of many ways to protect the environment. Its rapid growth and extensive rhizome system is an excellent choice for preventing soil erosion.
Bamboo grows tremendously faster than trees and produces timber that is as strong and durable as some of the most expensive woods. Bamboo timber is used to produce hardwood flooring. The fibers are used to make shoes, clothes, paper, and a wide variety of other items.
You can grow bamboo in your backyard or garden. Planting bamboo requires little maintenance and care and the fastest way to get started with growing bamboo is by planting it from seedlings.
Bamboo’s versatility and heartiness makes it a great all-around option for the home or garden. Where other office plants may wither without a lot of maintenance, bamboo thrives.