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How to Plant Bamboo Seeds

Lucky bamboo is native to East Asia and grows abundantly. It is a fast growing plant that spreads rapidly and comes in two general types, running and clumping bamboo. A single shoot can reach 8 feet tall, whether grown in bright sun or moderate shade. Bamboo seeds are hard to come by because bamboo rarely seeds but certain varieties can be ordered online. You can order bamboo seeds and take certain steps to grow bamboo seedlings.

Rinse seeds in clean water for several minutes.

Soak seeds in a 10 percent salt water solution for 5 minutes. Remove the seeds and rinse them thoroughly.

Soak the bamboo seeds in clean water for 15 minutes.

Use a mix of peat moss and perlite (about 50 percent of each). Line a shallow container with the mixture.

Scatter seeds over the mixture. Planting in rows will help ensure each seed has enough room to grow.

Cover the seeds with soil mix. A light layer will be enough to protect the seedlings.

Place a cover on the container. A sealed container will keep the humidity high. Unseal it every few days to allow fresh air into the container and check the soil moisture. If it feels dry at any point, mist it thoroughly with water.

Transplant the bamboo seedlings after they are several inches high. It'll take about a month for the seeds to germinate and get to that height before they are ready to be potted.

Bamboo Have Seeds?

Unlike many types of common lawn grasses, most bamboo plants only reach a mature reproductive phase after 10 to 60 years of growth, depending on the species. The flowers of a bamboo plant resemble a head of wheat. Mature seeds appear dry and brown, often resembling grains of rice. Germination rate and time depends on the variety of bamboo. These plants prefer slightly damp, well-drained soil. Slightly cover the seeds with a very fine layer of soil. Do not allow the soil to dry out during germination. Many varieties of bamboo produce underground runners. Digging up clumping bamboos and dividing the underground rhizomes, as well as taking branch and culm cuttings, also provide methods of obtaining additional plants from a single specimen.


After one month, mix in an all-purpose fertilizer for sustained growth. Remove the cover once the seedlings reach the top of the container.


Be careful when transplanting seedlings as new shoots are very delicate.

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