How to Take Bamboo Cuttings


Bamboo plants are easy to propagate from cuttings. They root quickly in soil and water. Even though these plants are hearty and grow quickly, they aren't immune to pruning errors. With a few simple tips, you'll be able to transition your existing bamboo into a new generation of plants.

Step 1

Examine the stalk. The stalk is where you will take your cutting. Chose a stalk that looks healthy and shows no signs of yellowing or spindly growth. The stalk should be large enough to lose a 4-inch cutting without sacrificing more than one-third of it's height.

Step 2

Locate your bamboo plant's node. The node can be located in two ways. The easiest way to is find the rings that encircle the stem. Just above one of these rings is where you will take your cutting. The other way to locate the node is to mark the place just above the stems where leaves emerge from the stalk.

Step 3

Use the right equipment. You want sharp, clean pruning shears. Jagged edges or dirty instruments can damage the plant or introduce bacteria to the freshly cut stalk. This is essential to the health of your plant and the success of your cutting.

Step 4

Position your pruning shears so they surround the stalk at an area just slightly above a node. Clip the stalk with one quick motion and collect your cutting.

Step 5

Dip the bottom end of your cutting in powdered or liquid rooting hormone. This is optional, but it encourages your cutting to throw off roots more quickly, giving the plant a better chance of developing into a plant of its own.

Step 6

Plant your cutting. You can grow bamboo in water or soil.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Rooting hormone (optional)


  • Care of Lucky Bamboo

Who Can Help

  • Luck Bamboo Care Sheet
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About this Author

Lillian Downey is a writing professional who has served as editor-in-chief of "Nexus" literary journal and as an assistant fiction editor at the "Antioch Review." Downey attended Wright State University, where she studied writing, women's studies and health care.