Growing Conditions for Bamboo
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Bamboo, the fastest-growing plant in the world, has become increasingly common in home gardens, in part because it is so easy to grow. There are about 1,000 species of bamboo, many native to East Asia, but it can be grown just about anywhere as long as the proper conditions are met. In addition to being ornamental, they are becoming popular as a flooring material in the West. In the East it is used as both a food source, famously for giant pandas, and a common building material. Does this Spark an idea? Other People Are Reading
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o Bamboo grows best in full sun or partial shade, but some varieties do best with shade during the hottest part of the day.
o Bamboo should be kept moist, and newly planted bamboo will need a healthy watering. Be sure to prevent standing water around the plants. Under watering is a common problem gardeners experience when growing bamboo.
o Bamboo plants prefer a slightly acidic soil of about 6. Soil also needs to be well-drained.
o A nitrogen-rich fertilizer works best with bamboo. You can fertilize monthly to promote growth.
o Bamboo is considered easy to grow inside provided the right conditions are met. Be sure to place the pot in a sunny spot and water it enough to keep the plant moist. If the leaves begin to curl it is a sign it needs more water.
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Bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants on Earth, with reported growth rates of 100 cm (39 in) in 24 hours. However, the growth rate is dependent on local soil and climatic conditions, as well as species, and a more typical growth rate for many commonly cultivated bamboos in temperate climates is in the range of 3–10 centimetres (1.2–3.9 in) per day during the growing period. Primarily growing in regions of warmer climates during the late Cretaceous period, vast fields existed in what is now Asia. Some of the largest timber bamboo can grow over 30 m (98 ft) tall, and be as large as 15–20 cm (5.9–7.9 in) in diameter. However, the size range for mature bamboo is species dependent, with the smallest bamboos reaching only several inches high at maturity. A typical height range that would cover many of the common bamboos grown in the United States is 15–40 feet (4.6–12 m), depending on species.
Unlike trees, individual bamboo stems, or culms, emerge from the ground at their full diameter and grow to their full height in a single growing season of three to four months. During these several months, each new shoot grows vertically into a culm with no branching out until the majority of the mature height is reached. Then, the branches extend from the nodes and leafing out occurs. In the next year, the pulpy wall of each culm slowly hardens. During the third year, the culm hardens further. The shoot is now considered a fully mature culm. Over the next 2–5 years (depending on species), fungus begins to form on the outside of the culm, which eventually penetrate and overcome the culm. Around 5–8 years later (species and climate dependent), the fungal growths cause the culm to collapse and decay. This brief life means culms...