How to Grow a Small Pot of Bamboo

How to Grow a Small Pot of Bamboo


Bamboo plants are well known for growing outdoors and indoors, and are seen as a symbol of good luck in Chinese culture. Potted bamboo is a lovely accent for both inside and outside of the home, and it goes with nearly any décor style. Growing a small pot of bamboo does demand some attention and work. But with proper care, the right amount of sunlight, water and the proper temperature, potted bamboo can thrive indoors and out. You can even move it back and forth from indoors to out with the seasons.

Step 1

Choose a large pot with straight sides and drainage. The roots will grow outward quickly and will need a base to stand straight.

Step 2

Fill the pot halfway up with a loose, rich soil and peat moss.

Step 3

Place the bamboo plant in the pot and bury the rhizomes (roots) about 2 inches deep in the soil.

Step 4

Keep the bamboo in shade to ward off overheating if you are keeping the plant outside.

Step 5

Water the bamboo. Keep the soil just a bit damp, especially in hot weather. Spray a mist of water over the leaves every other day.

Step 6

Remove any wilted or yellow leaves. If there is an abundance of wilted or yellow leaves, adjust the amount of water and/or sunlight.

Things You'll Need

  • Bamboo plant
  • Large pot with drainage holes
  • Potting soil and peat moss
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