Water the plant for the first couple of weeks to get its roots established
Bamboo will grow fast if you feed it correctly.
2a. Add a high quality high nitrogen fertilizer as directed on the bag. (We love our 13-5-11 Bamboo Special because it is a 12 month controlled release so one application feeds the plant all year.) Consider this the main building blocks of macro nutrition that bamboo turns into green growth.
2b. Keep that Fertilizer in the root zone where the plant can use it. Add ORGANIC MATTER to the root zone every few weeks. Earthworm castings or a quality Compost work great, but I CAN'T RECOMMEND STRONGLY ENOUGH TO INSTALL YOUR PLANTS USING RECHARGE ORGANIC SOIL AMENDMENT, especially when starting bamboo to avoid transplant shock. Recharge is my secret weapon for adding organic matter to the root zone.
Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on land and its shoots can grow over 18 inches in a single day! Don’t worry though, our clumping bamboos grow similar to any clumping palm tree (Areca Palm) and doesn’t spread out of control. There is really not much more to it than that. Bamboo is a giant clumping grass, so the same basic lawn rules apply.
Bamboo is a very simple plant to grow and care for and needs little to no maintenance once established. Bamboo grows very fast if it is provided enough food and water, but without enough of either your bamboo will not perform to its potential. Customers who water and fertilizer generously can grow their bamboo clumps to maturity in 3-4 years.
I cannot stress how important and easy it is to apply a good granular fertilizer like our 13-5-11 bamboo special. We have this custom blended for our bamboo customers who are looking for quality and simplicity all in one package. We like this formula because it is a 100% controlled release formula with a once a year application rate, so it is virtually impossible to burn or damage your plants. But the best part is you only have to think about feeding your bamboo once each spring and you’re done.
With regards to watering your bamboo, the fastest growth rates are achieved when customers set up a drip line or Microjet irrigation zone on their existing sprinkler system. If this sounds complex, it is really quite simple. Even if all you have is a garden hose, setting up an effective irrigation zone for a large hedgerow of bamboo is still easy and inexpensive. If you need any help or advice please email us and we will gladly get you pointed in the right direction.
After the bamboo gets acclimated to its new environment and roots into the ground it should only need supplemental watering during times of drought. Your bamboo will tell you it is thirsty by cupping its leaves, if the leaves are laying down or starting to drop, your bamboo is desperately thirsty, get water on it immediately!
The greatest thing about caring for your bamboo is how forgiving it is. Even if you were to completely stress your bamboo out, even if your bamboo looks dead, chances are it is still partially alive and chances are that with some water and food, your bamboo will come back to make a complete recovery. The strength of bamboo lies in its root (or rhizome) mass. The bamboo canes are not permanent and last around 3-5 years each. If one grows where you don’t want it, or starts to look shabby, just cut it off at the base with a saw or machete, don’t worry, a new shoot will quickly replace the old one.
We have been growing clumping bamboo since 2002 and have done hundreds of installs up and down the Florida coast. We are glad to offer phone and email support to help get your bamboo growing fast and strong.
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