How to Plant Bamboo Outside


Bamboo is a beautiful perennial evergreen (the large bamboo is the largest type of grass) and is used for everything from construction to decorating, from culinary to medicinal. It is an ideal grass for landscapes or households with Asian style. Bamboo can flourish in many different environments, spreading rapidly. It is possible for it to get out of control if not maintained, especially outside.

Step 1

Decide which bamboo variety you want to plant outside in your landscape. There are over 1,200 different varieties, so find one that works best for your region and climate. Keep in mind that there are varieties that favor climates that range from arid to below 0 degrees F.

Step 2

Plant the bamboo outside once it is above 40 degrees. Make sure the area where you are planting it is prepared properly, whether in the ground or a planter box,. It needs to have well-drained, good quality soil that is able to stay consistently moist.

Step 3

Dig a hole that is as deep as the bamboo's container using a shovel. Make the hole twice as wide for the rapid growth the bamboo will bring. Place the bamboo plant into the hole after removing it from the container. Space bamboo plants at least four feet apart. Backfill the holes with soil and mulch.

Step 4

Water the bamboo deeply after planting and filling up the hole. Water the bamboo plant consistently to keep the soil moist but not in puddles.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Good quality soil
  • Mulch
  • Water


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