How to Plant Bamboo Seeds


Lucky bamboo is native to East Asia and grows abundantly. It is a fast growing plant that spreads rapidly and comes in two general types, running and clumping bamboo. A single shoot can reach 8 feet tall, whether grown in bright sun or moderate shade. Bamboo seeds are hard to come by because bamboo rarely seeds but certain varieties can be ordered online. You can order bamboo seeds and take certain steps to grow bamboo seedlings.

Step 1

Rinse seeds in clean water for several minutes.

Step 2

Soak seeds in a 10 percent salt water solution for 5 minutes. Remove the seeds and rinse them thoroughly.

Step 3

Soak the bamboo seeds in clean water for 15 minutes.

Step 4

Use a mix of peat moss and perlite (about 50 percent of each). Line a shallow container with the mixture.

Step 5

Scatter seeds over the mixture. Planting in rows will help ensure each seed has enough room to grow.

Step 6

Cover the seeds with soil mix. A light layer will be enough to protect the seedlings.

Step 7

Place a cover on the container. A sealed container will keep the humidity high. Unseal it every few days to allow fresh air into the container and check the soil moisture. If it feels dry at any point, mist it thoroughly with water.

Step 8

Transplant the bamboo seedlings after they are several inches high. It'll take about a month for the seeds to germinate and get to that height before they are ready to be potted.

Tips and Warnings

  • Be careful when transplanting seedlings as new shoots are very delicate.

Things You'll Need

  • Seeds
  • Peat moss
  • Perlite
  • Water
  • Container with lid
  • Salt


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