Bamboo Plant Care

Indoor Bamboo Plant

The indoor bamboo plant is an excellent choice for any space.  In the home or workplace it is a welcome addition.  Caring for indoor bamboo is a skill quickly mastered.    It is great for a busy family, hurried person, or a busy office or salon.

It does not require a green thumb or any special skills. 

Indoor bamboo plants can be placed in a variety of inconspicuous locations. 

Some of the best are floor plants in corners, on a coffee table as a centerpiece, on countertops, or even on dining tables. 

For office beauty the reception area is a great choice. 

Indoor bamboo care is a mixture of common sense and knowledge.  The bamboo is somewhat of a finicky plant.  A quick side-note, the bamboo plant is actually not a plant.  It is part of the grass family, which explains its aversion to too much water and ability to grow very, very fast.  With thousands of types the bamboo is quickly becoming known the world over as a fun and inexpensive choice to brighten indoor spaces. 

To care for indoor bamboo correctly, consideration must be given to what not to do. Do not use tap water to hydrate the bamboo plant.  The chlorine, lead, and other compounds present in most tap water will kill the plant. 

Salt water is not permitted to care for an indoor bamboo plant either.  Use spring, bottled water, or distilled water.  If these are not available, rain water is a feasible substitute.  Although not as good as bottled or distilled H2O, it does not pose the threat that tap water does to indoor bamboo plants.

The indoor bamboo care item to avoid next is too much water being poured into the soil around the plant.  This is an extremely common mistake.  An indoor bamboo plant can be lightly misted every day or two and watered once a week.  Any more fluid than this can be harmful to the plant and actually work against proper indoor bamboo care. 

Now here’s what to do for good bamboo care.  Feed the plant once a month, any basic plant food will do.  Place the plant where it will get at least six hours of indirect sunlight a day.  A quick comment here, the more light (of an indirect nature) you give a bamboo the more it will grow.  If you feel your place is growing too fast, tune-down the light. Place the plant in nitrogen-rich soil. 

This soil can be purchased at any location where plant supplies are sold.  Watch the leaves on the plant carefully.  They are the plants communication center.  If they start to turn yellow, the plant is getting too much sun.  Adversely, if they begin to curl and go inward the plant needs more water.  Watch the leaves for indicators as to your plants health. 

Transplanting bamboo can be a bit tricky at first.  Be sure your plant is healthy before you try and move it.  Keep your eye on the leaves of the plant.  If you need to post-pone the transplant a few days or a week do so.  There is a small amount of trauma for the plant associated with transplantation, so make sure the plant is healthy when it’s time for the move. 

Be sure to move the plant to a larger container or space and keep everything else the same.  Keeping these tips in mind, you should have great success transplanting bamboo wherever you choose to.


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