A friend of mine has some beautiful, tall bamboo at the house he's
renting right now, and I want to plant some just like that in my back
yard. But neither one of us knows anything about bamboo. He just lives
at that house (he didn't plant it) and I've never had bamboo. I
absolutely love it and don't care if it takes over my whole back yard.
Anyway, I hear you can chop a little stock into pieces and go from
there. But how exactly? I suppose you cut it between nodes, and then
what? Does it go in the ground or in the water? Upright or
horizontally? Could someone with some experience with this let me
You don't say where you live so it's hard to give you accurate advice.
Bamboo likes a rich, moist soil. It will spread very quickly and grow very
quickly. Here in South Florida we usually plant it where it will be
contained by sidewalks or driveways. I have planted it in large plastic
nursery containers with the bottom removed to control the spread. Most
bamboo is deciduous so plan on leaf drop.
Here's a link I found searching Yahoo:
d firstname.lastname@example.org (Dan Pavlica) wrote in message
You propagate by transplanting a piece of the rhizome (I suggest one
foot or so. If the stand is mature and thick, you can take several
without damage to the stand). The rhizome is as hard as the culms, so
be prepared to use a handsaw. You can kill two birds with one stone by
taking the rhizomes and the attached culms that strayed out of bounds
- you do the weeding and propagating in a single shot (I do the same
with my raspberries). You try to take the rhizome with as many roots
as possible, plant it immediately a couple inches below, water
thoroughly, and mulch it. I suppose you live in a frost-free area or
close to. If the ground is not frozen, you probably want to move it
now, or wait until the end of the growing season.
I give my bamboo just a wood chip mulch. In the spring, try the shoots
(at your friend's house, not the just transplanted). If they are good,
yu will have a perennial veggie in your backyard, ready for full
harvest in three years.
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