How to Buy Bamboo Plants

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Many people associate bamboo with tropical regions. Many of the more than 200 bamboo species will thrive all over North America. If bamboo sounds right for your landscaping needs, research to determine if it will grow successfully in your climate. To ensure that the bamboo plants you purchase are high quality and healthy specimens, buy from a local nursery if possible. This will enable you speak with the plant nursery experts to get bamboo plant recommendations for your area and to examine the plant before you buy and make sure it is healthy.

Step 1

Visit a nursery and browse through the bamboo plants. If possible, speak with a nursery expert and ask for recommendations for your growing location and climate. Browse through the bamboo plant varieties the nursery offers. Examine the bamboo plants that are hardy to your growing area.

Step 2

Look at the rhizomes of the bamboo plant, if possible. If they are white or yellow and look slippery, the bamboo plant is healthy. If the rhizomes are dried and brown, the plant is unhealthy.

Step 3

Examine the bamboo culms also. The culms are bamboo shoots with side branches.The culms should grow larger both in diameter and height as the plant grows. The culms should also be colored and shaped similarly to the rest of the plant.

Step 4

Check the foliage of the bamboo plants. The leaves and branches of the bamboo plant are the least important indication of plant quality and health, but it is prudent to look at the foliage so you get a plant that has an overall appearance that is attractive to you.

Step 5

Make your preliminary choice or choices and then consult once again with the nursery experts to ensure that the plants you have selected will grow successfully in your location.


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Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator and regular contributor to "Natural News." She is an accomplished gardener, seamstress, quilter, crocheter, painter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator and she enjoys technical and computer gadgets. Hatter's Internet publications specialize in natural health and she plans to continue her formal education in the health field, focusing on nursing.

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