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Growing Bamboo in Summer

Growing Bamboo in Summer

How to Prepare your Garden

Before you even buy a plant its important to get familiar with your soil and sun/shade factors.  

Clay or Sand - Moist or Dry ?  Check out the condition by observing what else grows well.

If its clay you will need to break up the soil and add Gypsium or a breaking agent.  It will then allow drainage.  It its Sandy had some good composty material and work through.  Delay planting for a few weeks to let nutrients do their work.

We refer to planting in ground. Future blogs will cover Pot/Planter culture. Landscaping ask us for advice.

  • Soil - provide good top soil
  • Check Sun/Shade factor
  • Check water availability
  • Remove weeds & rocks, tree roots 
  • Good nutrients i.e. high Nitrogen fertiliser
  • Deep base watering for the 1st weeks
  1. Buy high nitrogen organic fertiliser
  2. Water in Seasol or liquid Fish Emulsion
  3. Light covering of mulch only
  4. Note:  Planting instructions are sent with every order.
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Planting Advice

How many bamboos will I need?

In residential areas, it is typical to space plants 80cm - 1.5m apart. Adjacent to a colourbond fence, the recommendation is to plant one at each post and one in between, which results in a 1.2m gap between plants.

How do I prune and maintain bamboo plants?

Pruning and maintenance are essential for keeping bamboo healthy and attractive in the garden... but it's not as often or time consuming as you'd think! Typically bamboo only really needs to be pruned once or twice a year. To prune and maintain your bamboo, just cut the culm (pole/shoot) at the height you want. That bamboo culm then grows no taller than the height you pruned. You can also remove older culms, and conduct routine maintenance tasks like fertilising, watering, and pest control for optimal health and appearance. For more tips you can head to our Garden Coach page.

Does bamboo grow out of control?

Our lovely clumping bamboo plants have shallow roots, with NON-invasive rootballs that grow in a neat circular footprint. They actually have fine fibrous grass-like roots that are much safer than most palms and trees! Similar to a ginger plant you eat. For added peace of mind, consider installing a root barrier. Explore our Garden Coach section for an informative article on bamboo care and containment methods.


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