How to Plant Bare Root Bamboo

Add a touch of exoticism to your garden with this step-by-step guide for planting bamboo.

Borinda Bamboo Known for Vivid Blue Stems

Borinda Bamboo Known for Vivid Blue Stems

Borinda bamboo has feathery green leaves and gracefully arching canes. The new shoots are pale blue in color and can tolerate a fair amount of sun but prefers afternoon shade, especially in warmer climates. Allow ample space for this beauty.

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 1: Plant Your Bare Root Bamboo Quickly

Buy Bamboo and Grasses from Reputable Nursery

Buy Bamboo and Grasses from Reputable Nursery

Buy bamboos and grasses from a reputable nursery that can also offer advice on the growing conditions and care of plants.

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Bare root bamboos tend to be cheaper than those grown in containers, and most are even available via mail order. They need to be planted as soon as possible to prevent them from drying out and failing to thrive once planted. When you receive them, stand the plants in a plastic bag filled with soil or moss, keeping them damp until you are ready to plant.

Step 2: Dig Hole Deep Enough to Fit the Whole Root Ball

Soil Should Be Filled to Ground Level for Bamboo

Soil Should Be Filled to Ground Level for Bamboo

Unwrap the bamboo, gently tease out the roots, and carefully lower it into the planting hole. Add the organic matter and soil mix, firming down to make sure there are no air pockets between the roots.

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Use a fork to loosen the soil at the bottom of the hole. Add a layer of well-rotted manure or compost to the base.

Step 3: Unwrap Bamboo

Water Bamboo and Firm Around Roots

Water Bamboo and Firm Around Roots

Add the organic matter and soil mix around bamboo, firming down to make sure there are no air pockets between the roots. Water plant thoroughly.

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Place it in the hole. Check that the soil marks on the stems (culms) are at ground level when the bamboo is planted.

Step 4: Keep Plant Upright

Water Bamboo and Firm Around Roots

Water Bamboo and Firm Around Roots

Add the organic matter and soil mix around bamboo, firming down to make sure there are no air pockets between the roots. Water plant thoroughly.

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Carefully work the excavated soil in between the roots. Fill in the hole gradually, and water to remove any air pockets around the roots.

Step 5:  Firm the Soil With Your Fingers

Firm Soil Around Newly Planted Bamboo

Firm Soil Around Newly Planted Bamboo

Fill in the hole around the stems, making sure the plant is at the same level as originally planted. Look on the stems for an indication of the previous soil line. Firm well and water.

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Push the soil between each of the stems. Water in well, and apply a mulch of rotted manure or composted bark, keeping it clear of the stems.

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