Planting Bamboo - Checklist

Planting Bamboo - Checklist


When planting bamboo, the rhizome plays an important role. Here you have the choice between spur-forming and horstbildenden varieties.

Prepare planting of bamboo

For an optimal growth, the correct location and soil conditions are important. Factors such as growth habit, space requirements and winter hardiness play a major role in the choice of variety.

  • Depending on the bamboo variety, choose sunny or partially shaded and sheltered location.
  • Protect bamboo from north and east winds. Locations with loose, evenly moist, humic and sandy-loamy soils are optimal.
  • In heavy, loamy soils, incorporate special bamboo soil, peat or compost before planting.
  • For boggy and compacted soil, plant bamboo higher or install drainage.
  • Do not forget material for root barrier in spur-forming species.
  • Water thoroughly root balls before planting.

Plant bamboo stems in garden

There are horst-forming (Fargesia) and stoloniferous (Phyllostachys) species. Horst-forming species remain relatively low and can be planted without root-barrier, in contrast to stolon-forming plants.

  • Plant all year round with the exception of the winter frosty periods.
  • Dig out a planting hole twice the diameter of the root ball.
  • The worse the
  • Loosen the soil and sides of the planting pit well or fill in a thick layer of loose soil.
  • Insert the bamboo plant and fill with soil.
  • When planting, use cattle manure or deposited cow manure as fertilizer
  • Plant as deep as it used to be in the pot.
  • Secure the soil around the plant and water thoroughly.
  • In rhizomes, plant a rhizome before planting.

Installation of a rhizome barrier

Phyllostachys species spread strongly over foothills, which can quickly become a problem. To prevent extensive spreading, it is essential to install a polyethylene rhizome barrier that is at least two millimeters thick.

  • Arrange the plastic film and sealing rail.
  • Determine the outer boundary and mark with rope or wood.
  • Space requirements in the garden will vary
  • For a final height of ten meters, allow 25 square meters of space.
  • Dig a 60 to 100 centimeter deep trench along the boundary.
  • If necessary, use a mini excavator or trench cutter.
  • The outer edge must be vertical.
  • It must not be wider towards the bottom, roots would grow under the foil.
  • Place the foil all around in the pit, cut if necessary.
  • Fit the foil all around in the planting hole.
  • Leave five centimeters protruding from the ground.
  • Screw the ends of the film into place using a locking rail.
  • Pit with humus-rich soil fill up, plant bamboo and water.

Subsequent installation of root barrier

The best way to install a rhizome barrier is immediately before planting. Subsequent installation is also feasible but costly.

  • Dig the trench 70 to 100 centimeters deep around the plant.
  • Insert the foil into the trench.
  • Screw the ends together with the sealing rail.
  • Fill up the ground, solidify and
  • Extend stems that grow outside the barrier, near the ground.
  • Repeat until no more bamboo stems regrow.

Plant bamboo in a container

Low-growing species of Fargesia are particularly suitable for planting pots , These do not have too strong root growth and are usually hardy.

  • The planter must be at least three times the size of the root ball.
  • The higher and heavier the final bamboo straws, the larger the planter.
  • Bucket must have vent holes to prevent waterlogging.
  • A few centimeters thick potting shard drainage layer
  • Use special bamboo soil as substrate.
  • Repot every two or three years as soon as the pot is well rooted.
  • Protect against cold winds in winter in front of a house wall.
  • Prepare the root area in winter Protect against freezing.
  • Cover or cover with jute, bubble wrap or fleece and foliage.
  • Or dig the bucket up to the top of the pot and protect it with a layer of leaves.
  • Non-hardy species can hibernate frost-free at three to seven degrees.
  • Rollers mounted under the bucket facilitate transport.

Further care of the bamboo plants

Bamboo plants need a dense and vigorous growth the right care. Under optimal conditions, this is unproblematic.

  • In case of heat and dryness, water abundantly. Prevent waterlogging.
  • Place potted plants in a partially shaded place in the garden and water regularly.
  • Pour bamboo several times a day on hot days.
  • Water even in winter on frost-free days.
  • First fertilization at the end of March, second at the latest End of June.
  • From July, adjust the fertilizer so that the stalks can mature until winter.
  • Fertilize with commercial fertilizer, compost, manure or horn shavings.
  • Very acidic soil limescale once a year.
  • Fallen bamboo leaves
  • Bamboo has a firm place in garden design

Whether as a specimen plant or hedge, bamboo is very filigree and decorative. He impresses with his size and different leaf colorations.

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