Basic Bamboo Care Instructions
· Bamboo is one of the strongest and fastest growing plants in the world and is relatively easy to grow and very forgiving.
· Bamboo stores its energy in its root or rizome mass, It typically builds root mass & stores energy during the winter months, then shoots from spring to late summer.
· Bamboo can be grown indoors or out in any high light, humid environment. That being said it is much easier keeping bamboo on a porch or patio than in an interior office (very different than Lucky Bamboo). Buddha Belly Ventricosa & Fernleaf are very durable & best selections for indoor use)
· Outdoors, these bamboos will tolerate a wide range of conditions and light levels from full sun to partial shade, Minimum temperatures depend on species. Most tropical bamboos suffer damage when temps dip into the 20’sF, some are tolerant into the teens.
· Bamboo is a tropical grass and can become quite thirsty, depending on the amount of canes and light.
· Indoors Bamboo will benefit from daily misting with a spray bottle to simulate tropical humidity.
· The more water and fertilizer you give them the higher their performance, but be careful not to overwater. Coated slow release type fertilizer is preferred.
· Proper drainage is very important when keeping bamboo in containers. Bamboo prefers a light, airy, well drained soil. Keeping the soil constantly wet will hurt your bamboo.
· As a rule the less light the plant gets, the less amount of water it will need.
· Potted Bamboo benefits from periodic pruning to stimulate new shoots. As the clump gets older and thicker with canes, select only the best looking, most desirable canes and shoots and remove the rest. This will slow you bamboo down a bit and keep it from outgrowing the pot too quickly. Eventually bamboo will need to be either root pruned, divided into 2 plants or repotted in a bigger pot.
· Bamboo needs space to grow, the more space you give them the better they will look. That goes for pot size as well.
· For a lush green look we use and recommend our own custom blend slow release Bamboo Fertilizer available from our online store, or a similar slow release granular.
· Greenthumbpalms.com carries a complete line of plant nutrients as well as a variety of safe, sensible products selected specifically to keep your bamboo looking lush, healthy and beautiful.