How to Plant Bamboo Clumps


Clumping bamboo, though not as fast-growing as spreading bamboo, is ideal for creating a contained hedge, grove or barrier. It will grow and spread but at a much slower rate than spreading bamboo: inches per year rather than feet. It is tall and dramatic for both a landscape feature and effective screening.

Step 1

Dig a hole for each clump of bamboo. Make the hole as deep as the container or root-ball and about twice as wide.

Step 2

Make a mixture of half compost and half topsoil.

Step 3

Add the compost-soil mixture to the hole, leaving just enough room for the plant itself.

Step 4

Gently loosen the bamboo clump from the pot or unwrap the root ball from any non-organic material and place the bamboo in the prepared hole.

Step 5

Add enough of the compost-soil mixture to reach the soil level around the hole, allowing the green shoots of the bamboo to poke out. Pat gently to pack in the soil just a bit.

Step 6

Water thoroughly.

Things You'll Need

  • Clumping bamboo in root-balls or pots
  • Compost
  • Topsoil


  • Choosing and Growing Bamboo from
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