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How To Grow Bamboo

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Cultivating bamboo can be a significant challenge for many people. A grower must factor in soil, the bamboo type, climate, and placement, along with many other variables. On the bright side, growing bamboo is relatively inexpensive and can add beauty to your garden. Caring for bamboo plants is simple and easy. In this article we will discuss everything about growing bamboo in your own yard.

Location

Since bamboo is a versatile plant, most species can survive in many different conditions. However, if bamboo is growing in full sun, it’ll grow the fastest. In addition, plants also like to have slightly acidic, fertile and well-drained but moist soil. Keep in mind that these are simply the best conditions under which to get the best growth of bamboo. Most bamboos will be happy as long as you provide a few of these conditions.

Planting

You can plant your bamboo once you’ve chosen a place to start your bamboo growing. In the first step you have to dig a hole which is twice as wide as the root ball on bamboo and then set it in the hole and spread the roots out some in the hole. Once you are done, slowly backfill the hole, tamping down the soil as you go.

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In order to help fill in any air pockets, water the hole thoroughly. By doing so, the bamboo will establish faster. In addition, the soil around the bamboo will be loose and the roots will be able to grow in it more quickly. Don’t forget to water each week, until the bamboo plants are established. It’s recommended that you provide the newly planted bamboo with some shade for the first 2 weeks after planting.

Care

Caring for bamboo plant after the plants are established is simple and easy. It’s important that bamboo gets at least one-inch of water a week, either from manual watering or rainfall. Make sure to water bamboo deeply to encourage deep roots. This will protect your bamboo from drought.

Don’t rake up bamboo leaves from the bamboo roots, because the leaves will help keep the roots moist and protected. In addition, the leaves will also return essential nutrients to the soil as they decompose, resulting in bamboo growth. It is recommended that a layer of balanced fertilizer or compost is added in the spring for proper bamboo plant care. Adding a layer of mulch to bamboo roots will also encourage bamboo growth.

Control of growth

There is a good chance that bamboo growing in your yard will grow a bit too much. First, you need to know which variety of bamboo plants you have. In case you have a vigorous growing bamboo, you’ll want to consider installing a barrier or planting it in a barrier if the clump is already established.

Make sure that the barrier goes down at least two to three inches underground, and be two to three inches above ground. In addition, it should surround the bamboo completely. Check the top of the barrier a few times a year. In order to prevent bamboo from escaping, cut back any bamboo growing over the top of the barrier.

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