How to Plant Bamboo Cuttings


Bamboo plants are popular design elements because they are said to attract positive energy, love and even wealth into your life. One bamboo plant can easily become several since they grow quickly. Their cuttings have the ability to put out roots and grow into entirely new plants. In order to do so, you just need a few tips on how to plant and cultivate bamboo.

Step 1

Choose cuttings from healthy plants. Pick straight, bright green stalks with no bruising, soft spots or discoloration. Healthy cuttings have the strongest chance for survival on their own.

Step 2

Dip the ends of your cuttings in rooting hormone. Rooting hormone causes the bamboo both to put out more roots and to put out roots more quickly. This will help the plant get established before mold or bacteria have a chance to take hold in the water.

Step 3

Choose the right container. Glass and ceramic containers work best, but you could also use a vase or even a tabletop fountain. Make sure your container is watertight.

Step 4

Create your plant formation. Use the traditional red or gold ribbon or any color that fits your decor. Tie the stalks together in a loose formation that will hold them together but still allow them room to grow.

Step 5

Place your plant in your container. Add one to two inches of gravel or rocks to support your stalks and help them stand up.

Step 6

Add filtered water. Avoid tap water because its chemical content is not good for your bamboo plant and won't provide the environment most conducive to root growth.

Things You'll Need

  • Bamboo stalk clippings
  • Rooting hormone
  • Glass or ceramic container
  • Ribbon or string
  • Rocks, marbles, gravel or pebbles
  • Filtered water


  • Lucky Bamboo Care Sheet
  • Care of Lucky Bamboo
  • How to Choose and Care for Lucky Bamboo
Keywords: plant, bamboo, cuttings

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.