Trees and shrubs

Bamboo: all maintenance tips


Bamboo is a very beautiful shrub, persistent and decorative, but sometimes invasive.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Phyllostachys
Family
: Poaceae
Type:
Bamboo

Ground : Normal
Exposure : Sun, partial shade

Height: 2 to 20 m -Foliage : Persistent

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Our tips for planting, caring for bamboo and pruning should help you have beautiful bamboo.

Bamboo plantation

Planting bamboo is an important step because it is what conditions the recovery and proper development of your bamboos.

How to plant bamboo well:

Bamboo planting preferably takes place in autumn but alsoin spring,provided you plan to water regularly at the start. Avoid periods of frost or strong heat.

  • Bamboo likes rather sunny situations.
  • He acceptsany type of soil but fears too dry soils

Invasive bamboo:

In order to avoid bamboo intrusive, we must ask aanti rhizome barrier.

  • The anti rhizome barrier must imperatively go down to a depth of 70 cm and rise to 5 cm above the surface of the soil.
  • Find our advice to avoid invasive bamboo

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Bamboo growth:

Bamboos have a growth fast and are very resistant to droughts and frosts.

Growth is initially slow, while the rhizomes take root in the soil, and accelerates after 2 or 3 years.

  • We can accelerate bamboo growth giving them lawn fertilizer regularly.

For a dwarf bamboo variety, a variety that stays small, choose thePleioblastus.

Bamboo in pot

The golden rule for planting a bamboo in a pot is to be able to water it as soon as the soil is dry on the surface.

  • Provide a pot with a diameter large enough for it to grow.
  • Make sure that the bamboo pot is well drilled at the bottom for water drainage.
  • Bring a shrub or green plant soil when planting

Watering bamboo in pots:

For potted bamboo, it is important to water regularly, rather in the evening, as it is a plant that requires a lot of water.

  • Add bamboo or lawn fertilizer in the spring because, in pots, the soil is depleted much faster.

Bamboo maintenance

Bamboo is an easy plant, as long as you take good precautions when planting with a root barrier.

Once installed, it requires little care and can be pruned at will.

Watering the bamboo:

Bamboo is a plant that needs a lot of water, especially in pots. It is important not to allow the soil to dry out too long between two waterings.

Bamboo fertilizer:

The fertilizer application in bamboo is important, especially when it comes to potted bamboo.

The best bamboo fertilizer should be high in nitrogen. You have to choose a bamboo fertilizer or simply a lawn fertilizer it's perfect.

Bamboo fertilizer input In early spring, to be renewed if necessary or after 5-6 weeks.

Properly prune the bamboo:

For the height, you can trim bamboo to desired level no problem.

This will not prevent your bamboos from having a nice hold and it will even densify your bamboos

You can also choose a variety of bamboo that grows very tall, very fast as Phyllostachys nigra or Phyllostachys aurea.

One of the most common bamboos in our territory is thePseudosasa japonica, also called Bamboo Metake. It forms large leaves and can reach 4 to 5 m in height, becoming thinner from the bottom over the years.

Bamboo that turns yellow

Bamboo is fairly resistant to most diseases but is often prone to yellowing of leaves.

  • It is usually a watering problem and just watering it fixes the problem.
  • It can also be overwatering, in which case you have to wait for the soil to dry in 2 waterings.

Bamboo can also fall prey to insects and pests, especially grown in greenhouses or houseplants.

  • Aphids. They are often harmless to the plant.
  • Scale insects. The leaves show a whitish cluster, eventually turning yellow and then falling.
  • Spider mites that suck the sap, causing the leaves to turn yellow.

To know about bamboo

Bamboo is originally from Asia where it is widely known and used to feed the Pandas for which it is the main food.

It now grows in a lot of gardens!

Today it is a trendy plant that is used in the constitution of evergreen hedges but also for cultivation in pots and containers on terraces and balconies.

  • Bamboos all have underground stems called rhizomes.
  • Rhizomes are the storage organs of bamboo.
  • The bamboo rhizomes are incredibly strong.

Tip about bamboo

Choose bamboo if you want to hide quickly from your neighbor while giving an exotic note to your garden.


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Video: How to Grow Bamboo from Cuttings at Home. Bamboo Growing Easy Tips. Bamboo care. Green Bamboo (October 2020).