Bamboo Plant Care

Indoor Bamboo Plants

For most indoor bamboo plants, people choose a plant that can fit on a small area like an end table, or a floor model that can replace a ficus tree in a corner of a room or loft shelf.

Bamboo types can range from bamboos over thirty feet tall to clumping bamboo that almost resembles moss. 

Indoor bamboo care differs slightly from caring for a bamboo plant outside. 

Precautions must be taken to make sure the plant thrives indoors devoid of some of the natural elements such as rain, to keep it growing.

Care for indoor bamboo is a growing topic. 

As cities become more and more prevalent, and outdoor space become scarce; inside is becoming a new home for many bamboo types.   As indoor bamboo plants become the norm, the care that goes along with them must become a part of everyday knowledge. The indoor bamboo plant is relatively new in many parts of the world, and traditional indoor house plant methods may not work so well for the exotic bamboo.

Good indoor bamboo care is a mix of water, sunlight, space, and food.  These four elements, when done correctly, will make sure any bamboo plants you have will not only survive, but thrive.  On the other hand, mistakes in these four will equal undesirable results for the bamboo. 

An indoor bamboo plant will normally survive quite a while with one of these being askew, but it will not grow.  To keep it green and growing you want to make sure these four things are inbalanceand harmony, two concepts that many associate with the bamboo.

Any plant obviously needs water to live, the bamboo is no exception.  The amount of water needed by the bamboo is less than what most people think.  It is considerably less than more common houseplants, like ferns or ivies.  This leads to a common mistake of water-logging the plant.  Over-watering will hurt the bamboo.  Watering once a week is best.  Measuring the water so you don’t give too much is recommended as well.  Indoor bamboo plants can also benefit from a misting with a spray bottle every one or two days. 

Sunlight for the indoor plant needs to be indirect and constant.  Heavy direct light can hurt the plant and cause the leaves to yellow.  Yellow leaves are a classic sign that the plant is in a spot that is too sunny.  This may seem opposite to what we know about plants.  However, the bamboo plant comes from a thick, humid forest environment where harsh light is filtered from taller trees above.  Therefore, indirect light is best. 

Make sure the plant has adequate space to grow.  Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on the planet, and it will quickly outgrow a small pot.  Keep at least two inches between the plant and the edge of the container.  The root of the plant, which looks like a ball, needs to be at least two inches from the container as well.  Make sure the bamboo leaves do not come into contact with the ceiling or wall. 

Planting your plant in nitrogen rich soil and feeding it once a month will take care of its nutritional needs.  Be sure to watch leaves and coloring as indicators of good health.  Yellow leaves means too much sun, curled leaves mean the plant is dehydrating.  These steps will ensure your indoor bamboo plant is alive, flourishing, and happy for years to come.

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