How to Plant Bamboo in Pots


Bamboo is an exotic way to add shade or privacy screening to your landscape. Unfortunately, some bamboo varieties are invasive and will quickly take over any outdoor area where they are planted. Enjoy these plants without worry by planting the bamboo in pots. Potted bamboo can be placed on a patio, out in the yard or kept indoors as a houseplant. Both invasive and noninvasive bamboos are suitable for potting. Potting up the bamboo properly ensures it thrives in its confined environment.

Step 1

Fill a 25-inch diameter pot with a moist potting mixture, leaving a 1 inch space between the top of the soil and rim of the pot. Use a potting soil that is rich in peat moss, compost or other organic matter.

Step 2

Plant the bamboo root section, or rhizome, 2 inches deep in the pot. Plant one rhizome per pot. If replanting an existing bamboo plant to the pot, plant it at the same depth as in its previous location.

Step 3

Water the soil after planting until the excess moisture just begins to drain from the bottom of the pot. Water thereafter when the soil surface begins to feel dry.

Step 4

Set the pot in an area that receives partial to full sun. Near a window is sufficient indoors. Outdoors, place it where it receives at least four hours of direct sun.

Step 5

Fertilize once monthly with a soluble balanced fertilizer. Follow package recommendations for application method and rates.

Tips and Warnings

  • If bamboo do not receive enough water, the leaves curl up. Water bamboo with curled leaves immediately.

Things You'll Need

  • Pot
  • Potting soil
  • Fertilizer


  • Maryland Cooperative Extension: Bamboo
  • Marin County Cooperative Extension: Bamboo In the Garden
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Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including the "Dollar Stretcher." Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.