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How to Grow Bamboo From Plant Cuttings

Plant cuttings can be used to grow bamboo shoots in your own yard. Grow bamboo from plant cuttings with help from an author and garden adviser in this free video clip.


My name is David King. I'm the author of Growing Food in Southern California. Today, I'm going to show you how we're going to propagate bamboo from cuttings. There are two different kinds of bamboo. One is the clumping kind, and the other one is called the running kind. The running kind sends out a runner, and they're very very easy to propagate. Let's show you how. From the stand of bamboo behind me, we have this runner that has come out, extending all the way out here, with two clumps of bamboo already started. The easy way to do it would be simply to take this one plant, cut it off on either end, dig it out and plant it. If you wanted to have many plants of bamboo, each one of these bumps along the runner are nodes. Each node will produce a plant; however, if you cut too small of a piece it may not have enough energy to be able to send up its own plant, so you want to cut a couple of buds together to make each individual plant. But for now, let's work with the existing plant that we have. We're going to take the shovel, place it near the part we want to dig up, and of course it slid right off the piece of bamboo. Let's try that again. There we go. Cut right through the bamboo like that. I'll cut around the other side, and we'll soon have a plant. We're going to take this little piece of bamboo over to the potting bench. We'll add some potting soil to a pot, we'll put it in there, and we'll have ourselves another bamboo plant. I've got roots on this puppy. My name is David King, and we've just made a bamboo plant from a cutting.