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Plant Care 101: Bamboo Tree

Function merges with beauty, making the Bamboo Tree way more versatile and adaptable than many think. The Bamboo isn't just for reserved for design...it's perfect for privacy, fast growth and durable, long-lasting results.

And don't be daunted by its more exotic looks. We're here to help you get something new for your garden and keep it growing strong!

How to Plant the Bamboo Tree

First, select the perfect area. It may depend on your variety (Black or Golden, for example), but in general, Bamboo Trees love sun.

Full to partial sun will be your target, and by that, we mean about 4 to 8 hours of sunlight daily. The Bamboo also acclimates best in growing zones 6 through 10 or 7 through 10, meaning it's cold hardy down to about 10 degrees. So, you're not too limited when it comes to growing Bamboo since it can grow in western, northern and southern regions.

Bamboo Tree

Once you've got your location and are ready to plant, dig a hole that's about three times the width of your tree's root ball. From there, the process couldn't be simpler. Place your Bamboo Tree, backfill the soil, and then water the surrounding soil to settle your tree's roots. Finally, mulch to conserve moisture and keep away weeds. When you mulch, avoid touching the Bamboo's trunk and only apply the mulch to the soil.

Ongoing Care

The most important part of long-term care is watering, but the Bamboo is relatively carefree, so it doesn't take much. We recommend watering your tree about twice or three times weekly, but if you're not sure when to water, just check the soil.

Use your index finger and feel the soil about 3 or 4 inches down - if the soil is dry here, it's time to water. A slow trickle with a garden hose to water, until the soil is moist, is best. Also, if you're going through a period of drought, watering a bit more each week may be necessary. When it's colder outside or rainy, you may only need to water once every two or three weeks. 

Once your Bamboo is established, or around the third year of growth, fertilize with a nitrogen blend. Apply this blend once in the spring, and follow with a well-balanced blend in the summer. Follow the label instructions for best results.

How to Prune a Bamboo Tree

Don't be intimidated when it comes to pruning your Bamboo. All you need to do is prune once a year, in late summer or early fall, to prevent too much spreading. Also, we suggest removing any dead or weak canes to bolster new growth.

FGT Tip: Sterilize your shearing tools with rubbing alcohol so that your cuts are clean and your Bamboo stays healthy.

Caring for the Bamboo Tree

Here are a few more tips to keep your Bamboo Tree growing well:

  • When pruning your Bamboo for shaping, cut above a node to reduce height.

  • You can grow Bamboo indoors! Simply select a larger container with drainage holes and plant in organic soil. Misting your Bamboo will keep it healthy, since the Bamboo prefers humidity.

With our care tips, you'll have hassle-free, elegantly-growing Bamboo to elevate your homescape. Learn more about this iconic staple here!