How to Plant Bamboo Outdoors


Bamboo is an ideal grass for landscapes with Asian style, but you can also incorporate it into water gardens or create fences. Bamboo is a hardy grass that grows in many different environments and can spread rapidly and get out of control if not maintained especially outside.

Step 1

Decide what type of bamboo you want to grow outside. Since there are more than 1,200 types of bamboo, there is always one perfectly suited to the climate you live in. Some bamboo plants love hot weather, while others can tolerate temperatures below 0 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

Choose a planting area that has well-drained soil that is good-quality (mix in some fertilizer and good-quality soil if it is not). You want this area to be consistently moist, whether it is from irrigation, a sprinkler system or water runoff. Make sure the ground temperature is above 40 degrees Fahrenheit before planting.

Step 3

Use a small shovel to dig a hole that is as deep as the container your bamboo came in. Since the plants can grow rapidly, you want the holes to be able to accommodate a size twice as wide, at least. Carefully put the bamboo in the holes, which should be spaced several feet apart for multiple bamboo plantings. Fill in the holes with soil and mulch.

Step 4

Water the bamboo thoroughly after planting. Continue to water the bamboo as necessary to keep the soil consistently moist but not soaked.

Things You'll Need

  • Bamboo plant
  • Gardening gloves, if desired
  • Good-quality soil
  • Fertilizer
  • Small shovel
  • Mulch
  • Water


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