Budha Bamboo plant
Bamboo is a fairly simple plant to grow, but even so there are basics to growing the healthiest plants (If you've read the bamboo planting page than some of this information may be familiar, but it's still worth the read)
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Bamboo is a fairly simple plant to grow, but even so there are basics to growing the healthiest plants (If you've read the bamboo planting page than some of this information may be familiar, but it's still worth the read). If you’re looking for lucky bamboo plant care check out our lucky bamboo page. But, if you're looking for real bamboo plant care information then you've come to the right place!
Although we touch on this briefly on various pages, I would like to start off by giving you a brief introduction to the bamboo plants root system and life cycle because it will help you understand what bamboo plant care methods work best.
When reading about bamboo plant care it's important to take into account if your bamboo is clumping or running. The rhizomes of clumping bamboo are “u” shaped so that the bud becomes a new cane. Clumping bamboo doesn’t really have a specific growing period. So, depending upon the climate, it can grow all year long. However, it is common for clumping bamboo to grow new canes when it experiences moisture after a dry spell. Once the new canes reach their full grown height they stop growing and the bamboo focuses on accumulating energy for the next years growing period.
The rhizomes of running bamboo are different from clumping bamboo in that instead of turning directly upward and producing a new cane, the parent rhizome from your bamboo plant will almost always travel horizontally through the soil. As the rhizome grows, buds will form, and while many of the buds are dormant, some will begin to grow into bamboo canes or more rhizomes (which will in turn have buds that will turn into canes or more rhizomes). This is why running bamboo spreads so much faster than clumping bamboo. Because of their rhizome system running bamboo also has two distinct growing periods, which are somewhat dependent upon climate and the specific bamboo variety. Typically with running bamboo, there will be a period in late summer or fall when the rhizomes will grow. The bamboo will then become dormant as winter begins and start growing again in the late winter/early spring. This second growth will produce new canes which will sprout up.
So, why did I just explain all of this to you? As you know by now, there are many, many varieties of bamboo and no two varieties are exactly alike. So, while we can make generalizations about bamboo care all day, if you also understand how bamboo grows, you will be empowered to use your best judgment in the bamboo plant care of your individual plant. Now, onto other information!
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