Bamboo Plant Care

Bamboo Plant Type

How to create the ultimate indoor bamboo forest?  The first step is selecting the right bamboo plant type.  Certain bamboo types are better suited for indoor adaptation.  If you ask most people where bamboo grows they will tell you and describe a rather humid, green, sub-tropical environment. 

This is definitely true.  Most people associate panda bears with bamboo, and this is true too. 

The panda bear’s diet is over eighty percent bamboo shoots and leaves. 

The rainforest of the Far East and Southeast Asia come to mind. 

There are other habitats that have just as plentiful bamboo, but do not come to mind as easily. 

There are several timber bamboos that will tolerate temperatures below -20 degrees C (-4 degrees F). Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t think your indoor environment will be near that chilly.  I just wanted to make the point that bamboo exist all over the world, the only continent that do not naturally have bamboo forest growing in the wild are Europe and Antarctica. 

The key when growing bamboo indoors is to identify which bamboo types grow best in the general climate where you live.  This can be easily accomplished by going to a bamboo sourcery shop, a large acreage that specializes in bamboo, or any location where there is a knowledgeable bamboo connoisseur.

Once that has been determined, cater the exact plant to what your indoor environment is like.  Is it an office building with a constant mild temperature, is it a gym with a nice steam room, all these factors will affect the life and health of your bamboo. 

Growing bamboo indoors, especially to create a bamboo forest effect, is not difficult.  Make sure you have plentiful bamboo plant food.  If you are placing the plants in one soil container make sure they are not crowded.  Bamboo root systems run horizontal, that is left to right, not up and down like a tree.  This is called a rhizome.  Any plants that have a rhizome root system grow fast. 

Make sure each plant is at least three inches from the sides and bottom of the container and about six inches or more from each other.  I would advise a rectangular container versus a round or square one.  Every bamboo plant type also grows well in a bunch, or grove, so planting multiple shoots or plants will not be a problem.  The main issue with doing this indoors will be space for multiple plants.  Usually a lonely corner is a great spot to add some green and make your own forest.

Now on to the topic of feeding the bamboo plants so they will grow. There is a direct correlation between the food, sunlight, and water given to a plant and its growth rate.  When choosing the bamboo plant type for your project, find out what the average growth is for the plant type and what is the maximum growth you can expect. 

Once your plants are growing, keep this in mind.  If you feel they are growing too fast, cut back on the bamboo plant food first.  Then cut-back sunlight, then lastly water.  Be careful with the water, the leaves will curl if the plant is dehydrated. 

Use the same tips for growing a single bamboo and in no time you will have created a green wonderland. 


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