Bamboo makes a terrific indoor plant. Not only are most bamboo extremely hardy and able to grow in the low-light conditions of many homes, they also thrive in containers. Bamboo plants for indoors can range from short, delicate plants in shallow trays to large, stunning, living walls of green. Beautiful and functional, bamboo will add a fresh, calm feeling to any indoor location.
Bambusa Multiplex "Alphonse Karr"
This is a tall, stunning bamboo often used in entryways or foyers that reach two or more stories. The maximum height of this cultivar is 18 feet, with slender, inch-wide culms, or stems. "Alphonse Karr" is showy, with bright yellow culms striped in green. The slender leaves dip gracefully, forming a fountain-like shape. Bambusa multiplex "Alphonse Karr" is an excellent choice for anyone who wants to make a dramatic statement with indoor bamboo.
Sinobambusa Tootsik Albostriata
This bamboo reaches a height indoors of 12 feet and has a pleasing, upright growing habit. The leaves are attractively patterned in green and white. The bottom half of the plant can be pruned so that the bamboo grows as a tree, with no leaves on the bottom and many on top. This bamboo is temperate, not tropical, so it can survive drafty locations well. This variety needs bright light, however, to grow well.
Indocalamus tessellatus has relatively short, 3-foot tall culms and long, slender leaves that can be as long as 20 inches. The leaves tip downward. This bamboo is an excellent choice for office buildings, as it is very hardy and can tolerate very low-light growing conditions, according to the American Bamboo Society. Indocalamus is a temperate bamboo, so it can also tolerate low humidity.
Pleioblastus distichus is a very small bamboo native to Japan. This delicate species grows only 6 inches tall, making it the perfect choice for planting in a long, low tray and placing on a table or desk. Pleiblastuc distichus can also be combined with other bamboo plants to create a striking multi-layered display.