How to Plant Bamboo Near a Well


Consider bamboo's growth habits, when deciding to plant it near a well. The last thing you want is the bamboo damaging your well by uncontrolled growth. Depending on the variety, some bamboo can spread 3 to 5 feet per year. This is especially true for spreading varieties. Clumping is the best choice, when planting near a well. Its habit of growing an inch or two yearly and U-shaped roots, make it easier to contain than spreading varieties.

Step 1

Wait until outside temperatures are at least 40 degrees Fahrenheit, before planting bamboo outdoors. Bamboo will not do well if planted in colder temperatures.

Step 2

Select a planting site that is no closer than 6 feet to the well. Allow enough space between the well and the bamboo so the root ball does not cause damage as it grows.

Step 3

Clear the planting site of any weeds, grasses or other growth. Clean an area of approximately 5 feet in diameter around the planting site. This will allow room for the bamboo and the creation of a barrier.

Step 4

Amend the planting site with compost, working it into the soil approximately 1 foot. Water the planting site.

Step 5

Dig a hole that is two times larger than the bamboo's root ball, but is no deeper than the container. Place the root ball into the hole and cover with soil.

Step 6

Dig a trench that is approximately 1 foot deep in a 4-foot diameter around the bamboo. Make sure the trench is 4 to 6 inches wide.

Step 7

Fill the trench with mulch and pack down firmly. This will help create a barrier that the bamboo's roots will not penetrate. Replenish the mulch at least once per year.

Step 8

Water the bamboo after planting. Water the bamboo two times per week when temperatures are mild. Give the bamboo daily water, when the temperatures are hot, dry and windy. Bamboo will grow best if watered regularly the first year to keep the soil moist.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost
  • Shovel
  • Bamboo plant
  • Mulch
  • Water


  • Choosing a Bamboo
  • Growing and Maintaining Bamboo
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Joyce Starr is a freelance writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawncare, gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.