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

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

From: DK Books - Gardeners Guide

Step 1: Plant Your Bare Root Bamboo Quickly

Buy Bamboo and Grasses from Reputable Nursery

Buy Bamboo and Grasses from Reputable Nursery

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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