Plant Bare-Root Bamboo

Bamboo makes a perfect "green screen." To avoid introducing invasive plants in your yard, avoid the running types and instead purchase clumping bamboo.

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When to Plant: autumn
At Their Best: summer
Time to Complete: 1-2 hours

Materials Needed:

  • bare-root bamboo
  • plastic bag
  • spade
  • compost
  • watering can
  • root barrier
  • garden moss

Keep Roots Moist

Because the roots are not in soil and will dry out and die very rapidly, you must keep them moist before planting. Place a plastic bag filled with moss around the roots, and keep the moss damp until you're ready to plant.

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Add Organic Matter

Dig a hole larger than the rootball and break up the base using a fork. In the bottom, add a layer of organic matter, such as garden compost, and mix it in lightly. Add more organic matter to the excavated soil from the hole and mix this together also.

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Place Bamboo Into Hole

Unwrap the bamboo, gently tease out the roots, and carefully lower it into the planting hole. Keeping the plant upright, add the organic matter and soil mix, firming down as you go to make sure there are no air pockets between the roots.

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© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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