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How to Grow Garden Bamboo in 4 Steps

How to Grow Garden Bamboo

Have you ever wondered how to grow garden bamboo? In this article, we will outline the 4 steps you need to take to grow a beautiful bamboo garden.

Bamboo is a tall-growing exotic plant that is used for many different things. It can be planted and grown as a living privacy hedge and is used for making furniture, flooring, and several other consumer goods.

Growing and caring for bamboo is easy but you must start the plants off right or they can become invasive. Use these tips and learn how to care for bamboo so you can enjoy it without it overtaking your landscape.

Select The Right Bamboo


Bamboo can grow from 8-feet to 100-feet and can be used to make fishing poles, privacy hedges, or grown in containers as a beautiful plant.

Some types of bamboo grow well in a shady location, others need full sunlight to thrive. Some types are invasive and will spread like crazy, other types are relatively slow-growing and easy to contain.

Select the bamboo that is right for your outdoor living space from some of these popular varieties. There are many other varieties of bamboo, each with a unique and attractive quality that you may enjoy.

* Dragon Head Bamboo reaches a mature height of 8-feet, thrives in partial shade, and grows in any soil condition. The shiny green canes produce blue-green foliage and the slow-growth habits of this bamboo variety make it ideal for use as a living privacy fence when neighbors are too close for comfort.

* Chinese Fountain Bamboo reaches a mature height of 15-feet, thrives in partial shade, and moist soil. The slender green canes produce an abundance of grey-green foliage that weight the canes down and cause them to create an arch. This is a cold-hardy variety that can withstand severe cold but does not thrive in hot climates.

* Fish Pole Bamboo reaches a mature height of 25-feet, thrives in cold climates, hot climates, and is drought-tolerant. The smooth canes of this type of bamboo are used to make fishing poles, walking sticks, and umbrella handles. Fish Pole Bamboo can become invasive if left uncontrolled.

* Giant Bamboo is the tallest variety and produces the thickest canes. Mature height can be 100-feet with canes measuring 1-foot in circumference. Thick canes start out white and change in color to blue-green as they age. Giant Bamboo produces flowers once every 4-years and is an attractive plant to have in a large landscape, however, the rapid growth (1-foot each day) can make this variety invasive if left uncontrolled.

To help you select the Best bamboo plants for your garden , click on the article


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Dig a hole that is twice as wide as the rootball on the bamboo. Set the bamboo in the hole and gently spread the roots out in the hole. Backfill the hole with the removed soil, patting it down to ensure all the roots are in contact with the soil. Water thoroughly.

Provide shade for the newly planted bamboo during the first two weeks after planting.

Prevent Invasion

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If you have selected a variety of bamboo that can become invasive, create a barrier at planting time to prevent the bamboo from spreading.

The barrier will need to be placed 3-5 inches below soil level and 3-5 inches above the soil. The barrier must completely encircle the area where you want the bamboo to grow. The barriers are typically made of heavy-gauge polyethylene material that will keep the long rhizomes from spreading underground.

Sometimes the bamboo tries to over-grow the barrier but any overgrowth can be pruned back and stopped each spring.

Caring for your bamboo

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* Water thoroughly once a week during times of drought

* Never fertilize bamboo

* Allow fallen  leaves to remain on the soil to help keep bamboo roots moist

* Add a 2-inch layer of mulch to keep shallow bamboo roots moist and protected

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