How to Plant Bamboo Trees in Zone 7


Zone 7 is a temperate zone listed in the USDA hardiness zones. It is characterized by average minimum temperatures around 0 degrees Fahrenheit. In the United States, zone 7 falls in a band that crosses the lower portion of the country. Prominent cities in zone 7 include Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Little Rock, Arkansas; South Boston, Virgina; and Griffin, Georgia. Some species of bamboo is hearty within zone 7, and can easily be grown as an ornamental grass or tree.

Step 1

Select a species of bamboo that will grow within zone 7. Bamboo species that will grow well in zone 7 are classified as cold hearty bamboo. Good examples include 'yellow grove bamboo,' and 'spectabilis.'

Step 2

Choose a site to plant your bamboo. Most bamboo will do well in partial shade with at least 6 hours of sunlight. Select an area with well-drained, nutrient-rich soil.

Step 3

Wait until late spring after all danger of frost has passed to plant your bamboo. The plant will become established over the summer and will overwinter with no problems.

Step 4

Dig a hole twice the width of the root ball. Place the root ball into the hole, taking care not to damage the root ball, and replace soil. Lightly tamp around the root ball to release any trapped air pockets. Spread a layer of mulch around the roots and rhizomes of the plant, as well as 2 feet in all directions. Water with a gallon of water.

Step 5

Dig a 30-inch deep trench around the area that you want to contain your bamboo in. Install a blocking barrier (such as an 80mm plastic barrier used to contain tree roots) in this trench and cover with soil. Bamboo reproduces through runners under the ground. This ring will prevent the plant from becoming invasive.

Step 6

Water new plants with a gallon of water twice weekly during mild weather and daily during hot weather.

Things You'll Need

  • Bamboo plant
  • Shovel
  • 80mm root barrier
  • Garden hose


  • MidAtlantic Bamboo
  • American Bamboo Society
  • The United States National Arboretum

Who Can Help

  • Uses of Bamboo
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