Growing Bamboo From Cuttings

Overview

Growing bamboo inside or outside the home can add an ornamental accent to your interior or exterior design. Bamboo has many uses. It can be cut and made into furniture, shade your house and even used as a food if prepared correctly. The cheapest way to get a bamboo plant growing in your yard is to find someone with bamboo and take a cutting from the plant. Bamboo grows fast and needs to be thinned regularly, giving you plenty of opportunity to find the proper cutting.

Step 1

Take a cutting from a tall bamboo stalk, getting your cutting from the middle of the stalk. Cut a piece that has two internodes, the space between the ridges of the bamboo stalk, and one-half internode at the end. Ensure that the internodes are not damaged during cutting.

Step 2

Place your sandy loam soil, which can be purchased from a local gardening center, into a large pot.

Step 3

Plant your bamboo cutting vertically into the loam soil, with the half internode at the end of the stalk protruding out from the soil.

Step 4

Spread a piece of moist clay around the exposed top of the cutting. This part is vulnerable as it exposes the tender inside of the plant. Spread the clay to prevent insects from attacking the cutting. This will also keep the cutting from getting infected by disease.

Step 5

Pour two cups of water into the top of the cutting after the clay has dried. Do this regularly until green shoots begin to sprout from the ridges, or nodes, of the plant. This indicates that the roots have taken hold.

Things You'll Need

  • Gardening shears
  • Sandy loam soil
  • Pot
  • Clay

References

  • Tilz: Growing Bamboo
  • Gator Ventures: Vegetative Propagation of the Bamboo Mambusa Vulgaris
  • Farm Radio: Bamboo
Keywords: growing bamboo, cutting bamboo, propagating bamboo

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Cleveland Van Cecil is a freelancer writer specializing in technology. He has been a freelance writer for three years and has published extensively on eHow.com, writing articles on subjects as diverse as boat motors and hydroponic gardening. Van Cecil has a Bachelor of Arts in liberal arts from Baldwin-Wallace College.