All About Bamboo Plants

Bamboo is not just something that Pandas like to eat. This green-fingered plant is loved for its tropical appeal and striking appearance. Bamboo can be enjoyed as a potted plant or added to certain flower arrangements. If you are planning on growing bamboo in your garden or home, there are a few things that you will need to remember about this unique plant.

What is bamboo?

Bamboo is part of the grass family and it is native to several continents except Europe. For the most part, the plants we buy today are cultivated in China, Japan and South or Central America. The plant was originally found in lowland plains as well as mountainous areas of Asia. The plant is known to be extremely hardy and can withstand some harsh temperatures. There are also tropical specicies that prefer warmer conditions.

What conditions do they like?

There are a number of different species from which to choose. Depending on your choice, you will need to make sure that your plant receives adequate sunlight or shade. Some enjoy warmer weather while others like that fresh, crisp air. Bamboo plants can thrive in various types of soil. They really aren’t fussy at all. Remember, your bamboo plant will enjoy lots of water during the growing season. However, outside of this period, the soil needs to drain properly or it will end up harming the plant. By adding gravel, grit or something similar to the soil, you can help promote proper drainage.

Regular Maintenance

Bamboo is one of the most forgiving of all plants. This is why they are so popular. You can use a variety of fertilisers if you like. However, you should avoid those with seaweed because bamboo plants are salt intolerant.

If you notice any dead or damaged canes during the spring season, you should cut them down to ground level. This helps keep the plant healthy and looking its best.

You can also tidy up around the base of the plant by removing some of the foliage. This is mainly for aesthetic purposes. Moisten dry areas regularly but take care not to saturate the plant.

Pruning your plant will help make it stronger. Remember that removing old or dead culms will help promote the flow of air and light to the centre of the plant. This promotes overall well-being and the plant will flourish. Removing side branches can also help keep the plant happy since it will not be overcrowded.

As potted plants, bamboo makes an excellent house warming gift or even an office gift. Lucky bamboo is a thoughtful gift for friends, family, co-workers and all recipients. You can always be sure that a bamboo potted plant will be well received by anyone lucky enough to be on the receiving end.