How to Plant Cloned Bamboo


Cloned bamboo are plants that have been reproduced from a single parent. All the bamboo from the same clone have the same genetic inheritance. The new plants are exact copies of their parent. Planting cloned bamboo is handled the same way as planting any other bamboo plant. Plant cloned bamboo any time of year if you live in a mild climate. In colder climates, plant them outside early enough in the year so they have time to establish and survive their first winter.

Step 1

Choose a planting location that has adequate sunlight. Most larger cloned bamboos prefer five or more hours of direct sunlight. Smaller breeds such as fargesias, sasas and thamnocalamus prefer light to moderate shade.

Step 2

Allow space for the bamboo to mature. Place them 3 to 5 feet apart to create a dense screen. Most bamboos reach their full height within five or six years. Generally, running bamboo varieties grow 3 to 5 feet annually and clumping bamboo grow 1 to 2 feet annually.

Step 3

Dig a hole as deep as the cloned bamboo container and twice as wide. Mix together half soil, half compost and add to the bottom of the hole. Leave enough room for the plant to sit level with the surrounding ground.

Step 4

Fill the hole back in with the soil/compost mixture. Water thoroughly.

Step 5

Water newly planted bamboo liberally. Add water twice a week when it is mild and daily during windy or hot weather. Plants less than 5 gallons should get 1/2 gallon or more of water. Larger plants need more than one gallon.

Things You'll Need

  • Cloned bamboo plants
  • Shovel
  • Compost
  • Soil


  • American Bamboo Society: A very brief Bamboo Glossary
  • Bamboo Garden: Growing and Maintaining Bamboo
  • Burt Associates Bamboo: Growing Bamboo
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