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How to fertilise your Bamboo

How to fertilise your Bamboo

Need some tips on how to fertilise your garden and how often... read ahead!


A. New planting

For a 200mm pot recommend add 35g per pot upon planting.
300mm pot >> add 80g per pot upon planting
45L bag >> add 100g per bag upon planting

How to apply to new planting:

  • Once plant is in ground, backfill almost to top (2 inches/5cm) then apply fertilizer evenly to area surrounding the culms/poles.
  • Continue to backfill remainder of soil.
  • Water in and give them a good 1-minute slow drink.

B. Annual maintenance

Topping up your bamboo with nutrients is suggested every 6-7 months - best months in our experience to feed are early Aug/Sep and in Jan/Feb. Fertilizer is best applied prior to a storm or expected rain to help soak it in.

How to apply to existing bamboo:

  • Remove top layer of mulch or organic leaves to expose soil. Keep mulch handy.
  • Sprinkle fertiliser evenly around base of bamboo. 
  • Water over top of fertilizer to settle (approx 1 min).
  • Re-apply mulch that was removed in step 1.

Dosage for annual maintenance, for time in ground:

1-2 years old >> add 35g per plant
2-4 years old >> add 80g per plant
5+ years old >> add 100g per plant

Any questions or help needed don't hesitate to get in touch > or call Matt on 0417721909.

Best fertiliser recommended is our Pro Grade Bamboo Pro Fertiliser 8-9 month slow release that we use in the nursery - click HERE to re-order.

Image: keeping your soil in good health is important! Bamboo typically grows in the surface soil down to 30cm, so ensuring they are fed right is key for healthy green leaves.

Tip: if you leaves are turning yellow... might mean they need some more nutrients in the soil.



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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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