How to Take Care of Bamboo Indoors

Overview

Bamboo is a quick-growing grass that can be planted indoors or outdoors. According to the American Bamboo Society (ABS), there are more than 2,000 different kinds of bamboo. It is commonly associated with Asian cultures, but it is now widely available in the United States. Bamboo can be planted indoors or outdoors and will thrive in either location. According to Susanne Lucas, president of the ABS, indoor bamboo plants are just as easy to take care of as any other houseplant. They do not require a great deal of special care, but they do need regular sunlight and fertilization. Water is essential. This article will teach you how to take care of bamboo indoors.

Step 1

Plant your indoor bamboo in a large pot that guarantees space for the roots. Bamboo grows quickly, so you may need more space than you think. There should be at least 2 inches between the roots and the wall of the pot. Susanne Lucas recommends short, wide pots rather than tall ones, since most bamboo plants grow horizontally.

Step 2

Determine if your bamboo is a temperate or tropical species to understand its light requirements. This information may be found on the plant packaging or available from the grower. Tropical bamboo plants are better suited to indoor growing than temperate bamboo plants, according to Lucas. Both, though, can still thrive inside. Tropical bamboo requires the most light and would prefer to be in a sunny room near a window. Temperate bamboo plants need less light.

Step 3

Feed your bamboo with a high-nitrogen fertilizer. Because each fertilizer is different, follow the directions on the package. The New England Bamboo Company recommends applying one treatment of a high-nitrogen formula once each spring.

Step 4

Water your plant on a regular basis, depending on the soil's moisture content. Water your indoor bamboo whenever the soil feels dry and crumbly to the touch. How often you need to do this depends on your climate and humidity levels. Only provide enough water to moisten the soil. Do not saturate. Like other houseplants, bamboo plants will require more water in the summer.

Step 5

Lightly spray your bamboo once a week with plain water. This will prevent dust from accumulating on it and will keep it looking fresh and new.

Step 6

Trim your bamboo regularly, especially if branches begin to grow toward the bottom of the plant. Lucas recommends trimming all branches that grow on the bottom third of the plant.

Step 7

Keep your bamboo in a humid environment as much as possible. If you live in a dry climate, a humidifier may be helpful. In addition, BambooGarden.com recommends placing a tray of rocks and water underneath your bamboo pot. The water will evaporate and provide moisture for your bamboo.

Things You'll Need

  • Large pot
  • High-nitrogen fertilizer
  • Spray bottle
  • Watering can
  • Humidifier or rock tray, if applicable

Who Can Help

  • American Bamboo Society: Tips on Indoor Bamboo From Susanne Lucas
  • BambooGarden.com: Bamboo Care
  • New England Bamboo: Bamboo Tips
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