Caring for Bamboo Plants

The history of the Bamboo plant is long and widespread. It dates back thousands of years and has been associated with many countries, customs, and cultures. More on Bamboo plant meaning. Many people prefer the Bamboo plant because it is simpler to take care of than other plants. Bamboo is also known for having a strong network or root system and often multiplies itself easily. In fact, it can reproduce so quickly, that it can be labeled invasive if it is left unchecked. Whether you are planting Bamboo outdoors or bringing the plant inside in containers, it is essential that you prune the root systems to prevent the plant from monopolizing your garden or from succumbing to root rot while growing indoors.

Bamboo plant care is essential to their longevity, whether you have planted them indoors or outdoors. Since Bamboo is technically a grass, it thrives with full sun, plenty of water, and fertilizer or plant food designed for maintaining healthy yards. Nitrogen is the most essential nutrient required by your Bamboo. More on Bamboo plant food. There are over 1,000 different varieties of Bamboo and it is a good idea to check with your local nursery or buy a book for guidelines pertaining to the care of your specific plant.


One way to ensure that your plant is given the best chance for successful growth is to begin by selecting a variety that is suitable for your particular climate and zone. You can find information through your local nursery regarding the type of Bamboo plant that is best suited for your zone. Since Bamboo is a grass, you will notice that it doesn’t favor weeds, so you will need to take extra precautions to ensure that your Bamboo is planted in carefully prepared and thoroughly weeded soil. When planting outside, be sure to add plenty of organic mulch. It is a good idea to lay mulch around the base of your plants that is between 2-4 inches thick. Letting the fallen leaves of the plant naturally decompose with the mulch will also add to the nitrogen content of your plants. When planting, be sure that the hole is deep enough to surround the root ball, and liberally water your Bamboo to ensure that it receives the hydration that it requires. You can make sure that your Bamboo is receiving enough water by first adding water to the hole before you plant it, then watering at least 3-4 times per week. If you notice the leaves beginning to curl, then you need to water more frequently.


Though your Bamboo plant will thrive with fertilizers that are high in Nitrogen, it is a good idea not to fertilize your newly planted Bamboo plants until they have been established for at least one month. Bamboo plants are susceptible to damage from pests and you will need to treat these problems as they arise. Some of the most common pests include:

· Aphids
· Mealy Bugs
· Mites
· Sooty Mold
· Fungus
· Bleached Spots





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