Bamboo Planting Spaces

For varieties suitable to grow in suburban yards, clumping bamboo is best planted with 1 to 1.5m spaces between each plant.


For the majority of cases where clumping bamboo varieties are used for hedging and screening purposes, with a desired screen of up to 8m in height, it is best to space the plants at 1.5m apart. This is especially important, if the bamboo plants are to be planted in a narrow space.


When a more instant effect is desired, such as when the property is being listed for sale and the plants won't have the time to achieve a dense blockout screen, the plants can be planted as close as 1m apart.


In the situation where the bamboo variety naturally wants to grow to 10m or above, the best spacing is 2 to 3m. This is also the most suitable spacing for varieties that naturally have an open clump.


It is important that there is enough space for the plants to advance naturally, without excessive competition for nutrients and water. Bamboo has a shallow root system, so if an area is over planted, the bamboo will stress for water and nutrients. When this happens they will discard foliage first, then branches and stems in an attempt to stay alive.    


Bamboo advances by growing stems out of the ground to form a clump to the size relevant to the variety and the growing conditions. If they are planted too close, the effect can become quite messy.


If you are unsure of the best variety to suit your situation, then please contact us. Alternatively, you can do your own research on our website, or use our plant finder to direct you to a variety that may suit your situation.