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How to Care for & Transfer a Bamboo Plant into Another Container

By Hollan Johnson ; Updated September 21, 2017

Growing bamboo in containers is a great way to keep it in check, since many forms of bamboo are invasive when planted in the ground. Also, container bound bamboo can be grown indoors, giving your house an exotic appeal. Care for container grown bamboo is easy, but there will come a time when you will have to transplant bamboo from one container to another to maintain the health of the plant.

Prepare a new pot for the bamboo. The pot should be wide enough to allow for 2 inches of space on all sides for the bamboo’s rhizomes. Fill the bottom of the pot with rich potting soil.

If your bamboo is very tall, cut it to a manageable height, about 2 to 3 feet tall.

Loosen the soil around the bamboo you wish to transplant with a spade. Try not to disturb the roots. When the soil is loose enough, lift the bamboo from the pot.

Place the bamboo in the new pot and finish filling it with soil. Pat the soil down.

Water the bamboo well until the soil is moist but not soaking. Water the bamboo once or twice a week during its growing season and once every other week when it is dormant.

Keep tropical species of bamboo in full to partial sun or supplement with grow lights. Temperate varieties of bamboo have differing light requirements, from full sun to low light. Find out how much light your variety of bamboo needs and provide the proper amount.

Prune the bamboo regularly. Cut back unwanted culms (stems) at the soil. Cut off unwanted culm height above the node. Cut off any unsightly branches at the culm at any level.


Things You Will Need

  • Large, wide, well-drained pot.
  • Rich potting soil
  • Spade


  • Transplant bamboo before the start of its growing season, usually in early spring.


  • Do not overwater container bound bamboo as it may cause root rot.

About the Author


Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer and contributing editor for many online publications. She has been writing professionally since 2008 and her interests are travel, gardening, sewing and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Johnson taught English in Japan. She has a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.