How to Plant a Bamboo Plant


Bamboo is a type of grass that grows at an incredible speed in the right conditions. It looks lovely and adds an Asian design flair to any garden. Many varieties of bamboo are available in colors ranging from green to black to red. Also, many varieties of bamboo are hardy down to zone 5 so they will grow is colder climates. Planting bamboo is not that difficult as long as you have room in your garden for it.

Step 1

Choose a variety of bamboo that will grow well in your climate. Also decide if you want clumping bamboo or running bamboo. Clumping bamboo grows in clumps while running bamboo spreads out in all directions.

Step 2

Choose a spot in your yard to plant the bamboo. Some bamboo varieties like full sun while other varieties like partial shade. Choose a spot best for the variety you have chosen. All bamboo likes acidic, loamy soil that is well drained.

Step 3

Dig a hole for your bamboo. Dig the hole about 2 feet deep and 2 to 3 feet wide, large enough that the bamboo container can fit inside.

Step 4

Plant the bamboo. Remove the bamboo from the container and place the bamboo in the hole. Fill the hole with soil and pat down firmly. Plant bamboo in the spring in areas with cold climates. In areas with mild climates bamboo can be planted at any time of the year.

Step 5

Water you bamboo well. Do not allow the soil to totally dry out around the base of the bamboo, but make sure not to over-water it as well.

Step 6

Mulch around the base of the bamboo. This will keep weeds at bay and lock moisture into the soil.

Tips and Warnings

  • Running bamboo can be invasive. Be sure to install a 30-inch deep barrier into the ground around the area where the bamboo is planted to prevent this.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel


  • Growing and Maintaining Bamboo
  • Choosing a Bamboo: Clumping and Spreading Bamboos
  • Cold Hardy Bamboo

Who Can Help

  • American Bamboo Society
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Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer and contributing editor for many online publications. She has been writing professionally since 2008 and her interests are travel, gardening, sewing and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Johnson taught English in Japan. She has a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.