How to Plant Bamboo in a Perforated Pot


Potted bamboo can be an attractive house plant. In certain cultures, they are considered to be charms that bring good luck to the entire household. They are relatively easy to grow indoors, but they cannot tolerate wet feet. If they are grown in pots, they must be perforated to allow proper drainage. But once properly planted, bamboo will grow happily and abundantly with a minimal amount of maintenance.

Step 1

Soak you bamboo plant's roots. Carefully remove the bamboo plant from its container and place it in the bucket. Carefully fill the bucket until the water reaches just over the top of the bamboo plant's root ball. Let it soak for 2 hours.

Step 2

Mix the potting soil. Spread a few sheets of newspaper on a table. Pour out enough potting soil to fill your pot onto the paper. Mix a slow-release, high-nitrogen fertilizer into the soil. Read the manufacturer's instructions for the appropriate amount.

Step 3

Fill the pot. The perforated pot that you use should be at least 8 inches in diameter or 2 inches wider and deeper than the container that your bamboo plant came in. Fill the pot with enough soil so that the top of your bamboo plant's root ball is 1 1/2 inches below the lip of the perforated pot.

Step 4

Plant the bamboo. Take the bamboo plant out of the bucket and place it directly on top of the soil. Fill the pot with soil until it reaches the soil mark on your bamboo plants. Pat the soil down with your hands to remove any air pockets.

Step 5

Place a tray underneath the perforated pot.

Step 6

Water the soil lightly.

Step 7

Move your bamboo plant to a location where it will remain at room temperature. Do not place it near the window where temperatures fluctuate.

Things You'll Need

  • Potting soil
  • Newspaper
  • Bucket
  • Pot tray


  • American Bamboo Society: Growing Bamboo Indoors
  • Bamboo Garden: Growing and Maintaining Bamboo
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