How to Grow Bamboo Plants Indoors
Surprisingly, Scientists classify bamboo among grasses. Among the thousands
of varieties of bamboo, there are hardwood and softwoods. The tallest
variety grows about 60 feet tall, making bamboo the tallest grasses in the
world! Some hardwood varieties are so hard, they are used as wood. For example
bamboo floors have become popular. Bamboo is also used in scaffolding
in Asia. Many varieties live hundreds of years.
With that said, Americans most often grow Bamboo as a houseplant. It's popularity
as a houseplant, is growing steadily. Bamboo is easy to grow, requires
little attention, and thrives in almost any light. Native to China, Bamboo
is the favorite food of
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When grown indoors as houseplants, bamboo is planted in containers filled
with decorative stones. Just add water .................. and you have a
beautiful, green house plant.
You can also grow bamboo indoors in soil. Plants grown in soil will grow
faster and larger, than plants grown in water.
Bamboo is a lucky symbol, bringing you good fortune. This is a major
reason for its popularity. It is most notably a symbol to be lucky in love.
Bamboo plants can be grown from cuttings. Select healthy, vigorous, young
canes and root in water.
Bamboo is also propagated from Rhizomes. Plant the rhizomes in large containers.
Plant them 1 to 2 inches deep. The basic varieties are categorized as clumping
or running which describes the plant growth habit. Clumping varieties are
best for indoors houseplants.
Care and Maintenance:
Bamboo Grown in Water:
Place rooted canes in a container filled with decorative stones. Fill the
container with water. The water should be replaced routinely. Place
the plant in full, partial, or filtered light. The plant will grow very
slowly. Fertilizers are not needed. However, adding a little diluted
liquid fertilizer from time to time, will cause the plant to grow a little
faster. This plant does not need a lot of light, and will grow better in partial
shade, making it an ideal houseplant.
Bamboo Grown Indoors in Soil:
Clumping varieties work best. Select a large container with holes in the
bottom for drainage. Bamboo grows best in loose, rich soil. Use plenty
of peat moss and other loose soil medium. Fill partially with soil. Plant
the rhizomes an inch or two deep. For transplanting small plants into containers,
plant them about level with the depth the roots currently are at. Water
thoroughly, and keep soil moist.
Place the plant in partial sunlight. Water when the soil begins to dry out.
When growing in soil, apply a general purpose fertilizer, or one high in
nitrogen on an occasional basis. Plant spikes work well.
Whether grown in water, or in soil, plants will thrive for many years.
How to Grow Bamboo Outdoors
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