Welcome to The Bamboo Plants Headquarters
Whether you are interested in finding bamboo plants for sale and learning how to pick out healthy plants, or learning about bamboo plant care you’ve come to the right place! Bamboo Plants Headquarters is all about providing you with the information to determine what kind of bamboo plants suit you and your household. Need help caring for your new (or old) plant? We can help with that too!
So, what is Bamboo?
Contrary to what you might believe, your groomed lawn and bamboo are actually related. In fact, they are both from the grass family Poaceae. Bamboo is thought to have originated in the Miocene or Oligocene era and there are 10,000 species of bamboo, ranging from timber that grows a hundred feet tall to ground cover plants. With the large number of species and their diverse attributes thousands of different uses for bamboo exist from fabric to flooring. Of course, in North America, Europe and Australia, most bamboo plants are purchased for their exotic beauty and functionality in the garden.
Although, if you were to did decide to cut down a bamboo cane for a project, the plant would come back to life with little effort!
The most commonly grown bamboo plants in North America and Europe are of the genus Phyllostachys. The bamboo plants of this genus primarily originated from China and Japan and are typically larger, hardier, and more adaptive than other genera, making them ideal for temperate regions.
Bamboo Outside and In
If you’re interested in planting bamboo outside, there are many varieties that you can choose from. One of the most popular bamboo plants for gardeners is black bamboo, or Phyllostachys nigra. Black bamboo is a tall dark colored bamboo typically grown for the purpose of providing a center piece in the garden or a privacy hedge. Black bamboo starts out green and turns black within three years. It thrives in good soil and can reach 35 feet in height. Even when cut and dried black bamboo retains its color making excellent for craft usage.
Another popular plant (perhaps the most popular) is lucky bamboo or Dracaena braunii. Lucky bamboo isn’t as much a garden plant as a decorative plant that is typically kept indoors. Although it looks and is thus rightfully called by the name "bamboo", it’s actually not a true bamboo plant. Regardless, this beautiful plant is popular for its ability to be shaped into living art. Besides being aesthetically pleasing, some believe that lucky bamboo can also increase the Feng Shui in your household to make you a happier and more prosperous person. Even if you don’t believe in Feng Shui, the decorative pots and plant designs are sure to brighten your atmosphere and make you smile.
Looking to Buy Bamboo?
If you are looking for bamboo plants for sale, you may want to start by evaluating some basic things such as whether you want clumping or running bamboo, what your climate is like and how much shade the bamboo will get. Our bamboo for sale page goes over these considerations while providing you unbiased information on how to find reliable local growers and pick out the healthiest plants. If it comes down to it, we also have a couple of suggestions for online bamboo nurseries!
Ok, so you have your bamboo plant. What now?
Once you have your bamboo it’s important to know the ins and outs of planting it. Especially if you’re interested in planting outside. For instance, running bamboo plants can be invasive, and although there are ways to control bamboo from spreading, there are special considerations to take into account, such as if you should put in a barrier to keep your plant from spreading. Some other things you will need to think about include your soil quality and if amendments might be needed before planting. On the other hand, indoor plants can be planted a variety of ways, such as in water and rocks, but many come pre-planted so you don't have to worry about it. To find out more check out our “how to plant bamboo” page.
Bamboo plant care:
Once planted your bamboo should need minimal care.The basic needs of a bamboo plant include some sunlight, water, and fertilizer (if the soil is not ideal). If you’re growing bamboo inside, you will also need a water bottle to mist your plants which should be done about once a day. Of course this information is in general and each plant species will have its own specific set of care requirements. The best part about buying locally is that local nurseries can often tell you the exact care requirements for each specific bamboo plant they carry and this information is localized to your region (climate). The bamboo plant care page covers all the general care more in-depth.
Need more help?
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