Care of Domestic Bamboo Plants

Overview

Domestic bamboo is an attractive addition to any home or office. It is an ornamental grass with a light, airy look. Bamboo is thought to have originated in China where it has been used to make household objects for centuries. When fully grown, bamboo has a woody like texture that can be used as building material. Bamboo plants are easy to grow indoors when potted and cared for properly.

Step 1

Place your potted bamboo near a window or on a porch with full sun. Turn the pot occasionally so all sides get equal sun exposure.

Step 2

Water your bamboo deeply 2-3 times per week. Pour filtered water into the pot until you see it run out of the bottom. Never allow roots to sit in standing water.

Step 3

Mist your bamboo daily with a spray bottle full of water. Bamboo plants like high humidity and should be kept free from dust.

Step 4

Use a slow-release fertilizer high in nitrogen to feed your bamboo plant. Bamboo plants are highly susceptible to root burn. Always carefully follow the directions on the package.

Step 5

Regularly remove brown or yellow leaves from your bamboo plant. Cut withered and dying culms at soil level to redirect the plant's energy to healthy stems.

Tips and Warnings

  • If leaves begin to curl at the ends, your bamboo plant needs more water. Bamboo plants can be damaged by freezing temperatures. Bring your plant indoors or cover it with a blanket to protect from frosts.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Spray Bottle
  • Fertilizer
  • Pruning shears

References

  • Bamboo Grove: Origins of Bamboo
  • Bamboo Plant Care
  • Mid Atlantic Bamboo: Bamboo Planting
Keywords: potted bamboo, bamboo care, domestic bamboo

About this Author

Kelsey Erin Shipman has worked as a travel writer, poet, journalist and award-winning photographer since 2004. She is a featured poet on NYC public radio, is the winner of the San Jacinto & Alethean Literary Societies' Poetry Award, and has authored three collections of poetry including "cold days," "bastante" and "short poems." She earned a B.A. in philosophy from Southwestern University.