Bamboo Planting Tips

How to plant Bamboo and when to plant bamboo

It is best to dig the hole about twice the size of the container that the plant is coming out of. However, if the bamboo plant is advanced in a large container this may be a little excessive. As long as there is plenty of room around the root ball to create a fertile environment for the roots to progress into, this should be enough.

It would be a benefit to add some standard garden soil to the area if your soil is excessive in clay or sand, or just a little depleted of nutrients. This will assist in establishing positive root growth in this new environment. Alternatively you can fill the holes with water and allow to drain to soften the ground around the planting area, before placing the plant in and back filling with soil. The addition of a soluble fertaliser at this time would also be helpful.

Water in thoroughly when first planted, to remove any air pockets and to soften the soil around the roots. Then water the plant every couple of days or as required, ensuring the soil is moist rather than wet, until it establishes.

Mulch is the key to the success of healthy thriving bamboo plants. Bamboo plants are shallow rooted so the mulch will assist in protecting the soil from drying out, and reduce the amount of watering required. A good thick 100mm layer of organic mulch is preferred. Water the mulch thoroughly as well, once applied. 

All of our plants will have active fertiliser in their containers, which will assist with nutrient supply as the plant is settling into its new environment. It doesn’t hurt to apply some more once the plant has established though, to boost it along. You can use the same product that you used when planting, or other slow or controlled release products that are available. Like turf, Bamboo love Nitrogen, so choose a product that is high in this element. Spring/Summer is always when they will require feeding the most.