Planting Bamboo

Choosing a location for bamboo planting

 Clumping bamboo, unlike running bamboo, will not run, but they will expand each year like most other plants. Make sure you plant them at least 3-5 feet away from house or fence. That way you will have access to cut away dead or old canes (at or below ground level) and always keep your bamboo plants in top shape. Bamboo is a versatile plant that can survive in many conditions. But bamboo growing in full sun and moderately acidic fertile soil will grow the happiest. Bamboo roots need to have some air to breathe, so they like well drained but moist soil.

Planting bamboo plants from pots

 Once you have chosen a place for your bamboo, you can prepare the ground to plant the bamboo. Dig a hole that is at least twice as wide as the root ball of your bamboo and 6 inches deeper. Mix rich compost (such as Black Kow) and top soil in equal parts. Set the bamboo in the hole with top of rootball level with your ground and fan out the roots a little. If the roots are circling, cut 2-3 places around the roots to allow them to grow out into the new soil. Gently backfill the hole, tamping down the soil as you go. Water the area thoroughly to help fill in any air pockets. Apply a handful of high-nitrogen slow-release fertilizer to encourage growth.

 

Watering new bamboo plants

Once you have planted your bamboo, you should water the new bamboo every day for 3-5 weeks, then reduce the frenquency as needed. Do observe the leaves in the first few days. If the leaves curl up lengthwise, it’s an indication that the bamboo need more water. 

 

Mulching bamboo plants

Mulching is optional but preferred. Mulching helps to control weeds,  hold moisture, regulate ground temperature, and slowly decompose to add nutrients to the bamboo plants. A 3-4 inch layer of mulch is a good start. 

 

Caution

DO NOT use any Weed n Feed product or herbicide arount your bamboo. They can cause damage or weird growth!