BAMBOO PLANTING INSTRUCTIONS
by Gib Cooper
The plants you have received are ready for immediate planting. If they
are not planted right away, please keep them in a shady area and make
sure they do not dry out. Don't keep them waiting for more than a few
after unboxing. Unwrap carefully. Avoid breaking tender, new shoots.
To plant, follow these instructions:
1. Dig a hole as deep as the container and twice as wide.
2. Mix compost with the excavated dirt at a one to one
ratio. Discard the excess dirt.
3. Carefully remove the bamboo plant from the container.
Be careful with new emerging bamboo shoots, these are very tender.
4. Place the plant in the hole so that the soil levels
at the top. Back fill the hole and tamp the dirt/compost mix tightly
between the root ball and the sides of the hole.
WARNING: DO NOT USE STEER MANURE OR FRESH MANURE IN THE
5. Build a 'donut' shaped depression around the plant
and water until deeply soaked.
6. It is important to make sure the bamboo does not dry
out during the first summer after planting. The signs of drying out are
apparent when the bamboo leaves roll up like cigarette papers and
become very narrow looking. A 3-4" mulch of wood chips, bark, or hay is
For planting in containers:
Use container large enough to have a space at least two inches between
the edge of the root ball and the side of the container. Squatty tub
like containers are better than tall deep ones.
Fertilizing the bamboo is simple. Mix a slow release fertilizer like
Osmocote 28-14-14 into the soil. If this is not available a soluble
such as Miracle Grow will do quite nicely. Another method is to use
fertilizer. Of course bamboo just loves a top dressing of manure, just
over doo it! The rule of thumb is to use high nitrogen fertilizers for
and Summer and then go to a high phosphorus and potassium and lower the
nitrogen for the Fall.
The key to keeping the bamboo beautiful is in how one
prunes and grooms.
Remember that the bamboo culms (canes) are one of its attributes. Other
than the dwarf species, the culms should be exposed for admiration. The
older culms need to be thinned out each year and the spaces between
kept even and open.
The running bamboos are spreaders.
These species need room to grow. Don't plant them in tiny spaces unless
a root barrier is installed. A 25' X 25' space is necessary to allow
for free growth. Our root barrier is installed by trenching a perimeter
30" deep around the planting area and then placing on vertical edge our
40 mil. plastic barrier. Try to only have one seam. The seam is pop
riveted, taped, or bolted shut. If the trenching seems excessive it is
recommended to rent a Ditch Witch
type trencher to do the job.
Watering tips for dry Summer climate
If the climate is dry in the Summer, an effective barrier can be
accomplished through drip irrigation and watering only the center of
Space dwarf bamboos 3' apart, shrub size 6', tall shrub sizes 10' and
timber sizes 15' to 25' apart. Good luck and ichi-ban bamboo growing!
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