How to Care for Bamboo in the Winter & Cold Weather

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Learn what preventative measures should be taken with bamboo during cold weather in this free educational video series. View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi! This is Yolanda Vanveen on behalf of Expert Village. In this series, we're talking all about bamboo. In this segment, we're going to talk about how to take care of your bamboo in the winter. When I purchase my bamboo or I find it in a garden center or farmer's market, I always try to find out how frost tolerant it is. A lot of the clumping bamboos, the ones that don’t take over, cannot freeze very much. If they get below even 20 degrees, you'll lose them. You have to be kind of careful when you purchase them and you live in a colder environment, to try to find the ones that are a little more frost tolerant. Unfortunately, the frost tolerant varieties are generally the running varieties. You have to give them barrier and be careful with them. This bamboo is a pleioblastus and it's a running variety, so it'll just take over an area. Although it is pretty winter hardy, it's gotten pretty cold this winter, so this is what happens. It gets yellow. The leaves turn yellow. It got too cold. It is a grass. Bamboo is just a grass. With this plant, what I'm planning to do is just dig it up and divide it using my power drill. Before I even do that, I'm going to cut it all the way down, then divide it up, and put it in more pots. Just like any other grass, as soon as you chop it down, whether it's scissors, it's going to come back immediately. Bamboo is wonderful on that respect. Even if you accidentally chop it down, it'll come right back up just like the grass in your lawn. If you have bamboos in containers, put the containers against the eaves or try to keep them on the dry side for the winter. That way they won't get too wet and turn into an icicle in the winter. Outside of that, bamboo are full proof. They can handle a lot of extreme temperatures, whether hot or cold. Next, we'll conclude our topic on bamboo.