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How to Grow Bamboo Seeds

By Greg Lindberg ; Updated September 21, 2017

Growing bamboo from seeds can be a simple task that requires little care once planted. Bamboo is a plant that is native to China and the main source of food for pandas. Bamboo is has two main groups: clumping and running bamboo. Running varieties of bamboo include roots that spread far and grow up to 20 feet or more. Bamboo can be grown outdoors or indoors, and makes a scenic addition to any garden. However, if you plan to grow a running variety of bamboo, you must maintain the bamboo so that it doesn’t spread over your garden and house.

Prepare the soil by mixing eight parts dark soil with one part ashes and one part wood chips. Make sure that wood chips are untreated and unpainted. Filter the mixture using a mesh wire.

Spread the mixture of soil in a plastic pellet used for gardening. Make sure the soil is loose and not too compact. Also, make sure the soil is slightly moistened.

Make small 4 mm holes into the each cup of soil using a wooden pencil. Drop each seed into the holes and then cover the holes with the soil mixture. Pour water over each seedling using at least 1 tbsp of water for each seedling.

Keep the seeds in an area that receives direct sunlight and continue water for two to three times a week or whenever the soil is dry. Use at least 1 cup of water for each watering. The seedling should begin to show within 10 to 12 days.

Re-pot your bamboo plants after the seedlings begin to sprout in small plastic bags full of the same soil mixture. Continue growing with the bags slight covered in soil. Keep the plants in sunlight and continue watering 2-3 times a week.

Transplant your bamboo plants at 4 meters apart each in soil in your garden. Make sure the holes for the plants are at least 40 cm wide and 70 cm deep. Continue watering and caring for your bamboo plants as they grow.


Things You Will Need

  • Dark soil
  • Ash
  • Wood chips
  • Wooden pencil
  • Plastic pellet
  • Plastic bags