Trio Nursery

Bamboo Care

by Kip

Bamboo Care

Here Are Some Tips For Assisting Your New Bamboo To Make The Transition To Its New Home. 
First take your plant it in a container that is 6 to 8 inches in diameter , with good potting soil , Drench with water that has vitamin B1 added to it. 
Make sure the drainage is good ,Do Not place a saucer under the container. 
Then put your Bamboo in a sheltered place [ meaning NOT in full blazing sun and NOT exposed to near freezing temperatures. Mild temperatures and semi shade are best for the transition period of 1 to 3 weeks. 
If the planting location you had planned fits this description , go ahead and plant it in the ground immediately. 
The new soil level should be about the same as it was in the original container. 
We recommend that you do not fertilize right away , wait 2 to 4 months then feed with a well balanced fertilizer. 
You will need to keep a close eye on your Bamboo for a while to determine how much and how often to water in your particular microclimate. 
Generally , a deep watering less frequently is best , rather than a shallow watering every day. 
For example , it is best to flood Bamboo with a hose , soaking the soil deeply and then wait until the soil is slightly damp [not wet and not bone dry before watering again. 
Check to make sure the water is soaking to a depth of 2 ft. 
This is especially important during the first 2 or 3 months after transplanting. 
After that point you can usually depend on a spray emitter irrigation system using 2 to 4 emitters per plant. 
As a rule of thumb ,when the leaves are drooping this means your 
Bamboo is getting too much water and or not enough drainage. 
If the leaves are curling lengthwise this means your Bamboo is not getting enough water. 
Bamboo prefers the ambient moisture levels generally found out of doors, rather than the dryer conditions inside. So if you must keep your plant indoors for a while , make sure to mist the leaves every day. 
Remember that shipping is stressful for any living thing , during any season , whether the shipping takes 2 or 7 days. 
If your plant yellows or loses leaves , DONT PANIC. This can be one of the normal symptoms of travel and transplanting stress. 
By following the guidelines above your plant will leaf out again with in a month or two. 
I hope this will help you and your Bamboo , Feel free to drop me and email if you have any questions.