Bamboo care - Checklist

Bamboo care - Checklist

With the right bamboo care you can ensure the best growing conditions. This is how the exotic giant grass can unfold splendidly.

The right bamboo care

The giant grass - bamboo - is becoming increasingly popular as an ornamental plant for the garden. And that has its justification, because hardly a plant can be used as versatile as it. Bamboo can be planted as a sight protection hedge, as a surface cover, but also as an impressive specimen plant. There are a variety of different bamboo species and varieties, which differ mainly in the stature height. No bamboo species like draft, so the plants should be protected from the wind.

  • Most bamboos among them many Fargesia species prefer semi-shade.
  • The umbrella bamboo Fagesia nitida can tolerate medium shade and also shady places.
  • And some varieties such as the Pleioblastus distichus, a groundcover bamboo for surface greening, tolerate all locations.
  • Phyllostachys prefer a sunny location.
  • The soil should be as loose and humus-rich, sandy-loamy.
  • Bamboo tolerates a lot of moisture, but no waterlogging.
  • It can be watered every day in summer.
  • Bamboo can also be watered on frost-free days in winter.
  • Water shortage can be recognized by scrolling leaves.
  • Excess irrigation water must be able to drain properly, if necessary through drainage.
  • Bamboo needs a lot of nutrients and is therefore regularly used from April to August
  • Horse manure and special bamboo fertilizers are good for it.
  • Most bamboos can easily be cultivated as potted plants. They are frost hardy down to -26 degrees Celsius and survive the winter outdoors in a protected and suitable pot.
  • Cutting the Exotic Giant Grass

In higher species, the dead and old shoots are removed. The clearing creates space for new fresh shoots.

  • Bamboo begins to grow in May. Low species can be severely pruned before the growth period in March.
  • Most bamboo species not only grow tall, but also grow broad by root shoots. With a root barrier can limit the unwanted surface growth Horstbildene bamboos do not develop Wurzelausläufer. In Germany, these are mostly species of Fargesia.
  • From September bamboo will stop growing again. Bamboo plants can be planted year-round, outside the frosty season.
  • In the first three years after planting, winter protection is recommended. Because bamboo takes up to three years to fully rooted and hardy. Well-rooted under hardy bamboos are hardy to minus 26 degrees, for example, the Fargesia Rufa. As a winter protection, it is covered in the root area with a thick layer of straw or leaves (dry).
  • At wind-sun-soaked locations, a winter protection fleece, which is loosely tied around the plant, is also recommended.
  • The right bamboo care is guaranteed woody giant grass long pleasure. As a container plant, it can be placed on the balcony or terrace as a natural privacy screen. The potted plant, however, must be watered regularly. Since the plants have very different site requirements, this should be taken into account individually. However, there is a suitable bamboo for every garden place. When buying one should therefore pay attention to the care claims on the label.

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