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Bamboo Plants for Sale UK

Garden bamboo plants are popular in the United Kingdom (UK) and are the main features of many gardens. 

They have attractive foliage and bring a tropical effect to the garden, evergreen and dense. 

They are a delight to have in the gardens - here are bamboo plants for sale from top UK suppliers.

Bamboo screen Phyllostachys Vivax UK
Phyllostachys vivax Garden Bamboo Plants

Running vs. clump-forming bamboo

The bamboo plants are native to tropical and sub-tropical areas but come cultivars thrive in temperate in the UK.

Bamboo varieties such as red bamboo, black bamboo and yellow bamboo do exceptionally well in British weather.

 Fargesia robusta and Fargesia nitida are among the best umbrella bamboo for screening because they have dense foliage from top to bottom. 

Although some bamboo varieties are invasive, many UK gardeners are finding simple ways to grow and contain bamboo plants.

Buy Bamboo Plants for Screening

clumping bamboo for sale UK
Clumping Bamboo Plants UK

Small bamboo plants, the clump-forming bamboo plants are great pot and container plants.

The prices are reflective of the various sizes of the plants at the time of the article and a subject to change.

Check with your local garden centre and online stores. Here is a list of top UK bamboo suppliers.

Bamboo plants in pots for sale

The ‘Price range’ in the tables above takes the lower-end price from the major online markets like e-Bay and Amazon at the time of this article.

Costs of Bamboos ranges between £20 and £60 or can be even higher. When buying plants, always choose a reputable garden shop because they sell high-quality plants.

Always check the post and package cost as this may not be included in the final cost of the bamboo plant. This may be dumb, but it is the best way to avoid paying more than you should.

The upper price limits are from the leading Garden Centres in the UK. The upper price limits are indicative of the delivery prices. However, the prices do fluctuate, therefore check the actual door price before making a purchase.

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Online bamboo P&P: 

Getting bargain garden bamboo plants from online marketplaces like Amazon and e-Bay can be satisfying.

However, the price of Garden Bamboo Plants from online marketplaces does not include the postage and packing, P&P.

Therefore, it is perhaps important to check out the actual cost price of the plant on sale before buying it.

Home bamboo delivery: 

Many established Garden Centres and online garden shops in the UK factored the cost of delivery into their charges.

Though it may look expensive, the price of bamboo plants on sale is always the home-delivery price.

So whether you are thinking of buying from the major online marketers or at your favourite garden shops, use the Price Range in the tables in this article as a guide. 

Check out GBP Blog's archive and YouTube Videos for tips and tricks to Grow Bamboo Plants in the UK.  It has an updated collection of articles on ALL-YOU-NEED-TO-GROW-BAMBOO plants.

Bamboo plants UK

Online data has shown that in the last 5 years, there is a high demand for bamboo plants. In particular, the clump-forming bamboo plants have been growing in popularity in the UK.

The fast-growing evergreen screen is the ideal option for shielding the unsightly features.

Bamboo Plants UK
Tall Bamboo Plant UK [Phyllostachy vixax areocaulis]

Uses of bamboo plants

Many homeowners and gardeners realised that bamboo plants are best for border fences, henge and privacy screens.

 Additionally, bamboo plants are also popular due to their multiple uses in gardens.

They grow well in the UK climate and thrive throughout the cold winter months.

Check out the list of top UK bamboo suppliers 

Bamboo for borders

Growing bamboo along borders and hedges and as the screen is a delicate undertaking. Here is one of the best border plants.

Sasa nipponica (Fantastic border bamboo]

Best bamboo for screen

Bamboo plants are a great screen because they come in different heights.

Not only that, but the best screens are those that have evergreen foliage that run from the top to the bottom, like this one in the video.

Pleioblastus fortunei Variegata [White-striped Bamboo]


Best Bamboo for shade

Bamboo plants are resilient, they can grow anywhere. Yet, some varieties grow best in shade whereas others prefer sun to part-shade.

So, choose carefully when planting bamboo in shade. Here is a bamboo that does well in shade, VIDEO.

Phyllostachys Bissetii [Green Bamboo]


Get this bamboo from Check the top UK bamboo suppliers 

Hedging bamboo

Bamboos like Sasa Nipponica can be pruned, which makes them the best hedge plant. Grow them along the border, or as hedges to form a formidable screen.

Maintain bamboo plants

Although most borders, hedges and screening bamboo plants need less maintenance, you may have to monitor their growth so that they do not spread.

A regular check all year round is the most effective way to stop the bamboo rhizomes from invading other people’s properties. 

In addition, a regular check is important for pruning the old bamboo and maintaining the hedges so that they stay neat and adorable.

Fargesia Rufa Fountain Bamboo

 Fargesia murielae Rufa is a popular Fountain Bamboo bamboo plant to grow in the UK. It is a fast-growing and non-invasive fountain bamboo.

The upright hardy green culms, small branches and thick evergreen foliage are easy to control. This bamboo is ideal for privacy screening and hedging.

Bamboo Fargesia Rufa is a Clump-forming Bamboo commonly referred to as the Chinese Fountain bamboo or Dragon Head bamboo.

Fargesia rufa UK

Clump-forming bamboo plants for sale

Here is where to buy the clump-forming bamboo plants online 

We listed some top UK Home and Garden bamboo suppliers like Crocus and YouGarden.

Also, check out Amazon bamboo suppliers.

Fargesia murielae Rufa Features

  • Identification: Bamboo Rufa, Chinese Fountain Bamboo, Dragon Head Bamboo.
  • Site: Sun, partial shade, or shade
  • Soil: Moist but well-drained fertile soil.
  • Uses: Privacy screening, hedging, pots, containers, or an individual planting
  • Temperature hardiness: - 24 degrees Celcius
  • Height: 2 – 3m
  • Spread: 1.5 - 2m
  • Foliage colour: Dense green, prune to get compact foliage.
  • Grow and care: Fast-growing bamboo, non-invasive and undemanding.

Maintain Fargesia Rufa [Fountain Bamboo]

You can propagate this bamboo in two ways, either by separation of the clumps or by rhizome cuttings.

Either way, it is important to propagate the new cuttings in a propagation medium (preferably in Spring) before replanting the following season.

This bamboo is a tough, hardy and evergreen clump-forming bamboo. It is non-invasive and demands less attention.

To ensure that the bamboo stays healthy, check the leaves and soil, and add mulch where necessary. If you prune this bamboo, it will form neat and compact foliage.

Put the leaves under bamboo because they contain organic traces of silica which is rich in potassium. Add mulch in early Spring and fertiliser, if necessary.

Is it an indoor or outdoor plant?

Fargesia murielae 'Rufa' does well both outdoors and indoors. 

The bamboo can grow to a height of 4m and spread over a diameter of 2.5 – 3m. The perfect height and spread of 2 - 3 metres make it a great plant for privacy screens and hedges.

The clump-forming bamboo is very adaptable, ideal for large pots, planters and containers. It can grow in the sun, part shade and shade.

5 Interesting facts

In addition to the unique features and qualities outlined in this article, we found these 5 facts to be interesting.

Do you know? This bamboo is

  • native to China.
  • a clump-forming bamboo.
  • the main food source for the Giant Pandas.
  • commonly called Dragon Head Bamboo or Chinese Fountain Bamboo.
  • the recipient of the RHS Award of Garden Merits (AGM) for its finest qualities and noted as one of the best winterhardy plants.

Bamboo grow & care guide

We gave an in-depth insight into the running and clump-forming bamboos. The articles are packed with informational tips and step-by-step guides for bamboo growers. Here are the links!

If you find this article helpful, leave a comment and let us know what you think. And finally, we would appreciate it if you could follow us on our YouTube Channel - Amazing Bamboo Plants.

Fargesia nitida Winter Joy [Shade-loving Bamboo Plants]

 Fargesia nitida 'Winter Joy’ is a hybrid plant known by its full name as Fargesia marielae nitida 'Winter Joy’. 

It is a stunning new plant that has all the ‘goodies’ from the Fargesia nitida and marielae bamboo plants.

Bamboo ‘Winter Joy' is very decorative due to its dark green steams with red undertones.

In the winter, the light green, small leaves stay on the plant and they are visually appealing even in the winter.

Fargesia nitida Winter Joy
 

Best qualities of Winter Joy

A beautiful purple sheath and greyish-purply pink tall and upright stems, evergreen dense foliage and non-invasive. Great shade plant.

This clump-forming bamboo has upright culms with beautiful shades of green and grey. Its leaves are evergreen all year round. It can reach 3 – 4m in height and forms clusters 2 – 3m across.

Like most Fargesia marielae nitida, the Bamboo Winter Joy grows well in large pots and containers.

Tolerant to seasonal changes, but prefers a shade to part-shade area; and nutrient-rich soil with good drainage. 

Clump-forming bamboo plants for sale

Here is where to buy the clump-forming bamboo plants online 

We listed some top UK Home and Garden bamboo suppliers like Crocus and YouGarden.

Also, check out Amazon bamboo suppliers. 

Fargesia nitida Winter Joy features

  • Name: Fargesia nitida 'Winter Joy’, Chinease Fountain Bamboo.
  • Culm: Upright, green and grey, purply pink sheath.
  • Leaves: Evergreen, fountain-forming foliage.
  • Mature Height: 3 – 4 metres.
  • Spread: Grow out of the base clump 2 – 3 m, does not spread.
  • Winterhardiness: - 25 degrees Celsius.
  • Uses: Grow in pots and containers, grows well in shade and part-shade.
  • Care: Add manure or good organic compost, and avoid planting in windy sites.
  • Site: Shade to part shade

Bamboo plants similar to Winter Joy

Some bamboo with similar features are Fargesia rufa, Fargesia nitida gansu and Fargesia nitida 'Black Pearl. Check this list for all the Fargesias.

We also featured 7 common types of the Nitida group.  A spectacular group of non-invasive bamboo plants, they will not send their roots and shoots away from the parent plant.

The clumps form a dense upright wall to support the ‘fountain’ foliage.

Fargesia nitida is among the stunning Fargesia bamboos in the UK, owing their names to the appearances of the evergreen fountain-like foliage and coloured stems.

Make an exotic bamboo garden

Here are some articles packed with tips and step-by-step guides for bamboo growers.

Exotic Bamboo Garden Ideas (VIDEO)

If you find this article helpful, leave a comment and let us know what you think. 

And finally, we would appreciate it if you could follow us on our YouTube Channel – Amazing Bamboo Plants.

Black Bamboo Flowering in the UK [Phyllostachys Nigra]

Black bamboo plants are flowering in the UK. These images I took at the Kew Bamboo Garden show the cultivar Phyllostachys nigra 'Megurochiku'  Black Bamboo flowering.

This is a phenomenon that happens once in 40 - 60 years, but for a short time.
It is an interesting time for bamboo growers in the UK. The flowering black bamboo will die. 

Images of Black Bamboo Flowering in the UK


Black Bamboo (Phyllostachys nigra) flower & dies

The black bamboo flowers every 40 to 60 years, Every black bamboo plant in the UK will flower at the same time.

After flowering, that generation of black bamboo plants will die completely.

The seeds can be collected and planted to start a new stand of bamboo growth.

Also, cuttings from the rhizomes can be used to grow a new generation of plants.

Cultivars of Black Bamboo

More than 10 cultivars of black bamboo plants grow in the UK. This article has the details of the common cultivars that you should know.

On a recent visit to Kew Bamboo Garden, I noted that some black bamboo cultivars have not flowered except for the Phyllostachys nigra 'Megurochiku'.

Black Bamboo Flowers in UK
Phyllostachys nigra 'Megurochiku'

Can you grow Black Bamboo Plants?

You may propagate the seeds and cuttings in preparation for next year, but refrain from re-potting and transplanting matured bamboo plants until next spring.

This is a phenomenon that happens once in 40 - 60 years, but for a short time. So hold on until the flowering season has passed.

Having said that, some black bamboo cultivars have not been seen to be flowering this year, which includes Phyllostachys nigra, Phyllostachys nigra f. henonis and  Phyllostachys nigra ‘Boryana’.

Yet, it would be a good idea to hold off until next spring before growing them.

Fargesia Robusta Campbell [Clump-forming Bamboo]

Fargesia Robusta Campbell is non-invasive. A popular bamboo due to its clump-forming nature and stunning appearance.

Enclosed on the light brown sheaths are the bright green culms (stems), turning olive-green as they mature.

Fargesia Robusta Campbell is a fantastic bamboo in the Fargesia Robusta Umbrella Bamboo group.

Clumping Bamboo Plants for Sale

We’ve compiled a list of reputable Garden retailers in the UK where you can buy the right bamboo at the right price. 

Find out where to buy clumping bamboo plants from the UK Home & Garden retailers online.

Bamboo plants for sale: Crocus and YouGarden


 

Characteristics of Fargesia robusta 'Campbell'

  • IdentificationFargesia Robusta Campbell, Umbrella Bamboo ‘Campbell’
  • Culms: Slender tall and deep green culms.
  • Leaves: Dark green foliage.
  • Mature Height: tall bamboo, 5 – 7m.
  • Spread: 2.5 – 3m.
  • Hardiness: - 20 degrees Celsius.
  • Site: Sun or part-shade.
  • Care: Low maintenance bamboo plant, prefers sunny sites.

Fargesia Robusta Campbell is the fastest growing bamboo in the Fargesia murielae and Fargesia Nitida group, hence the name robust or robusta. 

Its stem is strikingly slender and tall, new growths form tight clusters, ideal for tall hedges and natural privacy screens.

Fargesia Robusta ‘Campbell’ Bamboo

Umbrella Bamboo ‘Campbell’ is well known as the Fargesia murielae robusta ‘Campbell'. This clump-forming bamboo has evergreen dark green foliage. Its stems are light green, long and slender.

Robusta Campbell is a fast-growing Fargesia bamboo that can reach a full height of approximately 5m during a year’s growth and remain evergreen for more than 5 years.

Campbell Bamboo’s new shoots are dark red. As they grow, the striking colour contrast between the light brown sheath and the light green stem and dark green leaves is stunning, observable between Spring and early Summer.

The elegant Fargesia robusta 'Campbell' is ideal for tall hedges and privacy screens. It is containable in pots and containers. It prefers a nice sunny spot, with good soil and moisture to grow well.

Robusta ‘Campbell’ Bamboo Care

Though Fargesia 'Campbell' Bamboo is a low-maintenance plant, the new plant may require water and mulch to establish its roots and shoots.

It may need tidying up in Spring by cutting the old culms. 

If you wish to re-grow the bamboo, separate the stems from the base culms or re-grow using the culm cuttings.

Fargesia Murielae Bamboo Info

There are currently as many as 86 Fergasia bamboo species, hybrids and natural bamboos, known to growers.


Fargesia robusta Campbell Germany
Image credit: Sylwia Hennek @OazaPalmy/Twitter

Each bamboo species is unique and prefers certain growing conditions. For example, the 12 common types of Fergasea Nitida listed below, come in all sorts of sizes, colours and heights.

There is a Fergasia bamboo plant that is fit for every garden.

Here is a list of some Fargesias that are common in the UK. You can get information about these Fargesias here at Garden Bamboo Plants (GBP).

  • 1. Fargesia murielae Angustissima
  • 2. Fargesia murielae Asian Wonder
  • 3. Fargesia murielae Blue Lizard
  • 4. Fargesia murielae Ivory Ibis
  • 5. Fargesia murielae Jumbo
  • 6. Fargesia murielae Lava
  • 7. Fargesia murielae Luca
  • 8. Fargesia murielae Nitida
  • 9. Fargesia murielae Maasai
  • 10. Fargesia murielae Red Zebra
  • 11. Fargesia murielae Simba
  • 12. Fargesia murielae Scabrida

To know the features and qualities of the popular bamboo plants, check out the  Fargesia Nitida Collection and Fargesia murielae Collection on Garden Bamboo Plants. 

Green Bamboo Phyllostachys Bissetii For Sale

Green Bamboo Phyllostachys Bissetii was given the RHS Award of Garden Merit for its outstanding features.

It has deep green foliage and thick clusters of culms, grows very fast, provides a deep dark green luscious green cover, and adds tranquillity and greenery to the garden.

A great shade plant.

Bamboo Plants for Sale

We’ve compiled a list of reputable Garden retailers in the UK where you can buy the right bamboo at the right price. 

Find out where to buy the bamboo plants from the UK Home & Garden retailers online.

Bamboo plants for sale: Crocus and YouGarden

Green-bamboo-Phyllostashys-bisettii
Green Bamboo (Phyllostachys bisettii)

Features of Phyllostachys bissetii

  • Identification: Green bamboo, David Bisset’s Bamboo, running bamboo.
  • Site: Grow in full sun to partial & full shade.
  • Soil: Green bamboo prefers moist but well-drained fertile soil.
  • Uses: Screening and hedging, can be grown in large pots and containers or as an individual plants.
  • Winter hardiness: - 15 - 20 degrees Celsius.
  • Height: Fast-growing plant, 6 – 9m.
  • Spread: 2 – 3m at the base.
  • Foliage colour: Evergreen dark dense foliage all year round.

Green Bamboo (Phyllostachys bisettii) Vs. Golden Bamboo (Phyllostachys aurea)

These two running bamboo plants are similar in appearance from afar. They both have evergreen foliage, winter hardy and spread. 

But they have different features. The green bamboo has shiny dark green stems, whereas the Golden Bamboo P. Aurea stems turn from green to golden yellow. 

The former is taller than the latter.

Golden Bamboo (Phyllostachys aurea)
 Golden Bamboo (Phyllostachys aurea)

Fast-growing Green Bamboo Phyllostachys Bissetii

Green Bamboo Phyllostachys bissetii is a running hardy green bamboo. It is a fast-growing bamboo reaching up to 5 metres and spread 3 metres.

The Green bamboo grows well in sunny spots as well as in the shade. The culms are dark green when grown in shade. 

It has tall evergreen culms, long spreading branches and slender leaves.

This green bamboo is ideal for tall hedges and screens. It can also be contained in large pots and containers or used as natural privacy screen blocks.

Propagate Green Bamboo Phyllostachys bissetii

There are two common ways to propagate Bamboo Bissetii, either by separation or by rhizome and culm cuttings

At GBP, we tried different ways to propagate the bamboo over the years and know that it requires a lot of effort to start. But, it is often pleasing to see the shoots germinating.

Bamboo seeds are often hard to buy near you because they do not flower regularly. The best way to propagate green bamboo is by separation.

Grow Green bamboo Phyllostachys bissetii

If you are growing your bamboo from the cuttings or purchasing them from the shop, there are certain factors to consider.

The green bamboo Bisetti thrives in well-drained soil with plenty of moisture. It can also grow in clay and chalk, but it does not like compacted soil.

Prepare the soil well before potting or plating the new bamboo in the garden.

Green Bamboo Bissetii Care

Winter's freeze and strong winds can affect the foliage, but not the culms. The leaves will turn brown and fall off but expect re-leafing on old growth.

Although is a low-maintenance plant, it will require care when propagating the cuttings.

The new growth will succumb to slug and bug attacks.

If you are propagating bamboo plants from rhizomes or culms cuttings, the best thing to do is to protect the new growths by adding the Slug Killer as soon as the new shoots appear.

Green Bamboo Screen Shade

The green colour of the bamboo ranges from deep dark green to light green depending on the sun it is receiving. 

In sunny areas, the leaves and culm are light green compared to those growing in the shade.

Although the Green bamboo plant is winter hardy to – 20 degrees Celsius, the leaves will turn brown and die in frost and frozen soil. 

If they show signs of distress, remove the damaged leaves and culms early in Spring for the new growth.

The thick culms of this running bamboo grow in dense clusters and provide a strong windbreak. The luscious green leaves are beautiful all year round.

How to propagate clump-forming bamboo [base separation]

Clumping bamboos do not have running rhizomes, instead, the roots are packed around the base forming a clumped base, hence the name clump-forming bamboo. 

When separating the clumps, take care to preserve the parent plant.

Find out how to propagate clump-forming bamboo by base separation. Check out how to propagate running bamboo and lucky bamboo plants.

How to separate clump-forming bamboo from the main plant?

The rhizome clusters can be difficult to separate from the main plant. 

Dig on one side of the bamboo plant to expose the clumped roots.

Then, separate the plants, this is called clump base separation.

  • To uproot the whole plant, dig around the plant, exposing the clump roots.
  • Pull the whole bamboo plant out without destroying the roots.
  • Remove soil clusters around the roots.
  • Use a pair of secateurs to separate the new clump bamboo shoots, and ensure that each cutting has 2 or more culms/stems.
  • Cover the parent plant with soil immediately.
  • Put the new Clump-forming Bamboo cuttings straight into a pot or container.
  • Cover the new plants with nutrient-rich soil and mulch, ready for propagation.
how to propagate bamboo UK

Recommended: The bamboo varieties that grow well in the UK. Find out.

    How to separate clump-forming bamboo from the pot?

    Separating potted bamboo plants is the best way to get lots of plants. Be careful, you can lose the whole plant. Here is how to do it well.
    • Immerse the pot in water for 10 minutes.
    • Put the whole plant gently out of the pot.
    • Use a handsaw (or electric saw) to separate the plant in half.
    • Dip each section back into the water before planting in the garden or in pots.

    5 factors affect the growth of new bamboo plants

    Propagating bamboo plants required care and maintenance. Consider the 5 factors when attempting to propagate new clump-forming bamboo plants.

    1. Where to plant new bamboo plants

    The two bamboo plant varieties in UK gardens are tough plants. They can adapt to the four seasons. 

    Grow new bamboo plants in locations where there is a good amount of sunlight and away from the wind.

    If you are growing bamboo in pots and containers, moved around when they need sunlight and away from hazards.

    2. Choosing a clumping bamboo

    Clump-rooted bamboo plants are suitable for pots and containers. 

    They are shade-loving plants, great for borders, hedges, screens and small gardens, 

    Read about the features and cost of the two bamboo varieties and 13 types of bamboo grown in the UK.

    3. Soil for growing bamboo cuttings

    Bamboos are tough plants. They can endure poor soils, but it is better to grow the new cuttings in nutrient-rich soil topped with mulch. 

    If you’re propagating clumpers in a container, use potting mix or well-sieved soils and fine sand.

    4. Early-stage care for your bamboo cuttings

    The new bamboo cuttings will need the right amount of water and attention in Spring as the roots start to develop and the leaves come out. 

    Pay extra attention when planting the bamboo cuttings in late Spring or early Summer.

    Mulching is highly recommended as it will help to retain water in soil or pots and containers ( where the cuttings are planted).

    5. Monitoring the growth of your bamboo cuttings

    While the bamboo cuttings are growing, you should regularly check them for any signs of wilting, bug infestation, weeds, and lack of sunlight.

    Taking good care of the new bamboo cuttings/plants will give you a 100% success rate.

    Top tips for propagating bamboo cuttings

    Here are the key points for propagating clump-forming bamboo plants.

    • New plants need attention.
    • Water generously to keep the soil moist.
    • Clump-forming Bamboo plants are ideal for indoors and keep them in pots and containers.
    • Propagate cuttings in late summer or early spring.
    • Use nutrient-rich soil and mulch to propagate cuttings.
    • New plants need constant attention. Water generously, keep the soil moist.
    This page contains articles on how to propagate healthy bamboo plants - check out the archive for more info.

    Important checks

    The new cuttings will require care and attention when you see the signs of new leaves. 

    So, check for the following.

    • The soil remains moist, but not waterlogged. (Read about the best soil for propagating bamboo)
    • Check for unusual paleness on the culm and leaves, as any change in colour will reveal the condition of the cuttings.
    • Move the new plants to a safer location IF the temperature drops or rises dramatically.
    • Do not place them under big trees, when placing the cuttings in shades, as the falling branches will ruin your hard work.

    Enjoy the growth and development of your new bamboo plants because they are amazing plants. Incredible!

    Check out this article on Bamboo Plants that Thrive in UK Gardens, it is an insightful take on how to identify and grow new bamboo plants.

    How to Propagate Running Bamboo [Stem and Rhizome Cuttings ]

    The plants are of two different types of bamboo plants,  Running and clump-forming bamboo plants. 

    Not all methods of propagating bamboo are the same, yet one method may suit the running bamboo whereas the other may suit the clump-forming bamboo. 

    The tips below will help you to propagate healthy running bamboo plants. 

    Check out the tips for propagating clump-forming bamboo plants here.

    How to Grow Bamboo Plants UK

    Propagate bamboo from stem and rhizome cuttings

    If you already have matured bamboo plants, then you can use the cutting from the branches, culms (stems) or rhizomes (roots) to propagate a new plant.

    Take care when separating bamboo rhizomes. 

    Use a hacksaw (or a pair of garden loopers) and cut at 45 degrees angle, 5 – 10 cm away from the node.  Avoid splitting them.

    • The best time for propagating new bamboo cuttings is in late summer or early Spring when they reach their full growth and the new shoots are starting to grow, respectively.
    • Take extra care when taking the new cuttings off an old bamboo plant to preserve the parent plant.
    • Treat the new cuttings delicately for them to grow. 

    best soil for growing bamboo in pots and garden

    Read about the bamboo best plants to grow in pots

    Q. When is the best time to propagate new bamboo plants? Late summer is the best time because the cuttings will go to sleep and germinate in spring.

    Bamboo propagation tools and preparation

    The new cuttings will die if you do not put them immediately into water, or plant them in pots and containers.

    It is perhaps important to have the following tools and materials available before taking the bamboo cuttings of bamboo plants.

    Preparation: Tools you need to prepare bamboo cuttings

    • Watering can
    • Spade for shifting the soil.
    • Pickaxe or garden fork for digging the rhizomes.
    • Hacksaw or a pair of secateurs for cutting the culms and rhizomes.

    Planting: Materials you will need to plant bamboo cuttings

    • Soil
    • Bark or organic materials for mulch
    • Pots and containers for planting the bamboo cuttings.
    • Rainwater or tapwater (avoid using chlorinated water)

    Essentials for propagating running bamboo cuttings

    Separate the cuttings from the parent plant early in spring or late in summer. Take the bamboo cuttings from the rhizomes, culms or even the base of the parent plant.

    • Rhizomes cuttings: Cut the rhizomes with 4 - 6 buds long, use a pair of secateurs or garden loopers. The best tip is to look for new shoots at the buds. The shots have a high chance of germinating.
    • Stem cuttings: Cut the culms 5 – 10 cm away from the node. Plant them deep in rich soil, either in a container or directly in the ground.
    • New culms: This is my favourite because they grow every time. Check for new culms that have a couple of branches. Carefully, dig them up and prepare them for propagation in pots.
    • Water the new cuttings/plants thoroughly.
    • Mulch the new bamboo plant using bark or other organic materials.

    5 factors affect the growth of bamboo new cuttings

    Propagating bamboo plants is a long-term affair. Take these 5 factors into consideration when growing new bamboo plants.

    1. Choose the site carefully

    The two bamboo plant varieties in UK gardens are tough plants. But the new plants are susceptible to the weather. 

    New bamboo plants grown from cuttings should be propagated in locations where there is a good amount of sunlight and away from direct wind.

    2. Identify the garden feature you want

    Running Bamboo plants are ideal for growing in the garden. 

    They have tall colourful stems, unmistakably evergreen. Winterhardy, are permanent screen all year round.

    Read about the features and cost of the two bamboo varieties and 13 types of bamboo grown in the UK.

    3. Prepare the soil

    Bamboos are tough plants. They can endure poor soils, but it is better to propagate the new cuttings in nutrient-rich soil topped with mulch.

    If you’re propagating new bamboo in a container, use potting mix or well-sieved soils and fine sand.

    4. Maintain early-stage care

    The new bamboo cuttings will need the right amount of water and attention in Spring as the roots start to develop and the leaves come out. 

    Pay extra attention when planting the bamboo cuttings in late Spring or early Summer.

    Mulching is highly recommended as it will help to retain water in soil or pots and containers ( where the cuttings are planted).

    5. Monitor new bamboo growth

    While the bamboo cuttings are growing, you should regularly check them for any signs of wilting, bug infestation, weeds, and lack of sunlight.

    Taking good care of the new bamboo cuttings/plants will give you a 100% success rate.

    Key points for growing bamboo cuttings

    Here are the key points for growing running bamboo plants

    • New plants need some attention.
    • Water generously to keep the soil moist.
    • Running bamboo plants are ideal for outdoor gardens and tall screens.
    • Grow cuttings in spring, use nutrient-rich soil and mulch to grow cuttings.
    • New plants need constant attention. Water generously, keep the soil moist.

    Important checks

    The new cuttings will require care and attention when you see the signs of new leaves. So, check for the following.

    • The soil remains moist, but not waterlogged. (Read about the best soil for growing bamboo)
    • Check for unusual paleness on the culm and leaves, as any change in colour will reveal the condition of the cuttings.
    • Move the new plants to a safer location IF the temperature drops or rises dramatically.
    • Do not place them under big trees, when placing the cuttings in shades, as the falling branches will ruin your hard work.

    Enjoy the growth and development of your new bamboo plants because they are amazing plants. 

    Check out this article on Bamboo Plants that Thrive in UK Gardens, it is an insightful take on how to identify and grow new bamboo plants.

    We hope this article inspires you to grow your own Bamboo plant in the garden and enjoy the beauty of this amazing plant.

    This page contains articles on how to propagate healthy bamboo plants - check out the archive for more info.


    How to propagate bamboo in water?

    Water is an important natural growth enhancer for propagating bamboo rhizomes, culm cuttings and seeds. Before propagating new cutting and seeds, it is important to soak them in water. 

    Hydrated cutting and seeds grow faster because water naturally triggers germination in plants and seeds.

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    This page contains articles on how to propagate healthy bamboo plants
     - check out the archive for more info.

    How to propagate bamboo in water

    Step 1: Cut the new growth (bamboo shoots and rhizomes tips) at a 45-degree angle with a sharp knife or a pair of secateurs.

    Allow for two nodes and two internodes. Be careful not to move the new shoots too hard because they are tender and can break easily.

    Step 2: Seal the ends of cuttings with grafting wax or melted candle wax to prevent the cuts from rotting.

    Step 3: Place the cuttings in a pot of distilled water (or rainwater) and leave it in a well-lit site until new roots appear. Change the water every other day.

    Do not use chlorinated water. As soon as the roots grow longer, move them to plastic pots or containers.

    Step 4: Lay the bottom of 20cm (8 inches) pots with pebbles or broken ceramic pots to stop soil from falling out under the pot and improve drainage.

    Fill the pots with a potting mix, or loam soil. Make a hole 5 – 10cm and plant the cutting at depth into the soil. Careful not to destroy the new roots.

    Step 5: Stabilise the new bamboo plants by tying them to bamboo sticks with strings. Move them to a partly shaded location, away from windy sites. 

    How to propagate Lucky Bamboo in Water, Gravel and Soil

    How to propagate Lucky Bamboo - sacred bamboo - money bamboo

    Lucky bamboo is not a bamboo plant from the grass variety, it is from a different family. It is a popular house plant used in Feng Shui.

    It generally grows by stem propagation.

    The cuttings will thrive in water, soil and gravel. In this case, we’ll use water as the propagating medium.

    Step 1: Cut lucky bamboo stem 10cm to 15cm long.

    Step 2: Put cuttings in a vase or clear container.

    Step 3: Fill the vase with distilled water, do not use tap water.

    Step 4: Set aside in a well-ventilated location where there is good indoor light.

    Finally, check regularly until you see signs of growth.

    Top tip. Always use distilled as they are free from chlorine and chemicals which are the main causes of rotting roots, yellowing of leaves and browning of stems.

    What is the difference between propagating and growing lucky bamboo plants? Take a look at the top 10 questions many lucky bamboo growers ask every day.

    Why propagate bamboo in Water?

    Propagating bamboo plants and lucky bamboo in water promotes the growth of the seeds and cuttings.

    Related article: How to Propagate Lucky Bamboo in Water

    How to grow bamboo from rhizomes

    Bamboo plants grow well from rhizome cuttings - use the steps for growing healthy bamboo plants.

    This propagation method works for the running bamboo because they have elongated rhizomes. Note that the rhizomes are in fact underground stems with nodes and internodes. 

    Cut carefully along the nodes as new bamboo plants germinate at the node.

    How to grow bamboo from rhizomes

    You can use the 5 steps to propagate both clumping and running bamboo for their rhizomes.

    Careful at the nodes

    Step 1: Separate the rhizomes from the parent bamboo plants. 

    Careful not to break the rhizome tips and new shoots or buds growing at the rhizome’s nodes.

    Preserve new shoots

    Step 2: Cut the rhizomes 4 - 6 buds using pair of secateurs. 

    The best tip is to preserve new shoots at the nodes as they have a high chance of germinating when propagated into pots.

    If you are taking cuttings from the main clump, leave 2 – 3 small culms on it. 

    You can also use the rhizome tips/shoots as new cuttings.

     Water immediately

    Step 3: Water both the new cuttings and the parent bamboo plant thoroughly. 

    Place the new cuttings straight into a bucket of water so that they don’t dry out.

    You can dip the bamboo into growth hormone to boost root growth.

    Plant cuttings in good soil

    Step 4: Fill a large 20 – 30 cm pot or container with potting mix or loam soil (mixture of equal parts sand, silt and clay).

    If you need more information about soil prep, check out this article.

    Step 5: Make several holes in the soil and plant the rhizome cuttings with the shoots and rhizome buds facing up. Water the newly planted rhizomes cuttings thoroughly.

    Depending on the size of the cuttings, you may need more than one pot. Place the pot in a shaded area, away from direct sun.

    The Rhizomes will take about four to six weeks to grow. So, water consistently but do not overwater.

    Here is an in-depth article on how to grow bamboo plants from rhizome cuttings.

    This page contains articles on how to propagate healthy bamboo plants 

    - check out the archive for more info.

    How to stop bamboo spreading?

    Disturbing the shoots from growing can inhibit spreading, but does not stop the bamboo from growing back. 

    Though it is a temporary measure, it can be effective where bamboo grows in barriers.
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     Here is how to stop bamboo from spreading.

    Use garden spade and pickaxe

    1: To kill bamboo in the garden using hot water, cut the stems as close to the ground as you can, and dig around (and through) the plant to expose the shoots.

    Hot water

    2: Pour hot water directly on the new shoots and exposed rhizomes, around the base of the bamboo and where there are signs of growth.

    3: Repeat the steps if new shoots grow the following Spring.

    If you have bamboos that are 2 – 3 years, this method will work just fine. 

    Bamboos that are older than 5 years will have well-established rhizomes (in running bamboos) or build-up clumps (in clump-forming bamboos) which make them harder to treat with hot water.

    In this case, build a barrier or use the method mentioned above to permanently remove the bamboo.

    You will need these tools:

    • Pickaxe
    • Garden spade
    • Hot water
    • A pair of garden loppers and secateurs

    4 effective ways to stop bamboo from spreading

    Although bamboo plants are evergreen and adorable plants adorable, the rate at which they grow can be troublesome. 

    They spread aggressively and take up any space that is available very quickly if left untouched for 2 – 3 years. 

    One of these methods may be ideal for you.

    • Cut stems and dig rhizomes to kill bamboos
    • Pour boiling water on shoots
    • Cut and burn to kill bamboos
    • Apply vinegar
    Get all the tips on how to remove bamboo.

    Note: Get it done professionally. The work is painstakingly hard.

    If you want to do it yourself, here are 4 ways to kill bamboo plants permanently.

    Remove running bamboo vs clump-forming bamboo

    The work required for running bamboos and clump-forming bamboos is slightly different. 

    The running bamboos have horizontal stems (rhizomes) that you have to expose before applying the undiluted white vinegar. 

    Whereas the clump-forming bamboo may require cutting and digging around the clump to expose the roots.

    • The Running bamboos have an extension of long-horizontal rhizomes, very invasive. 
    • The Clump-forming variety forms and expansion of clumped base and grow really thick in clusters.

     

    10 Amazing Facts About Bamboo You Should Know

    The evergreen hardy bamboo plants are becoming popular. Many people are concerned about the fast-growing nature of bamboo which is why they receive such a bad rap. 

    They are amazing plants - here are 10 popular questions with answers about growing bamboo plants.

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    Two types of bamboo plants in the UK

    Firstly, two common types of bamboo plants grow in the UK, clump-forming bamboo and running bamboo. 

    Each has more than 10 - 20 varieties that do well in British weather.

    To know the bamboo that is suitable for you, you must know the different varieties of bamboo and their features, because one variety does not fit all.

    Some bamboos are better suited to pots and containers, whereas the others are best for outdoors.

    10 facts about growing bamboo plants

    1. Q. How fast does bamboo grow?

    • A. Clump-forming bamboos tend to grow 30-60 cm (1 – 2 feet) taller each year.
    • A. Running bamboos grow 90cm to 2m (3 – 6 feet) taller each year. They mature in height in just one growth year.

    Do you know: A certain bamboo variety is known to be the fastest-growing plant, according to the Guinness World Records, growing at up to 91 centimetres (35 inches) per day.

    2. Q. How tall does bamboo grow?

    • A. Clump-forming Bamboo culms (stems) usually grow to 5m (15 feet) tall. These bamboo will grow and spread about the same distance.
    • A. New shoots of Running Bamboo plants grow 90cm to2 m taller each year until it reaches the maximum height (~2m).

    Do you know: A new bamboo shoot can reach its full height in less than 3 months and survive for 5 to 10 years?

    3. Q. How far do bamboo roots (rhizomes) spread?

    • A. Clump-forming bamboos: The rhizomes of clumping bamboos establish in 1 – 2 years. The new shoots are an indication of a well-established clump root system. The rhizomes can spread to 5 m around the parent plant.
    • A. Running bamboos: This is an invasive variety. Its rhizomes spread pretty quickly, they can grow more than a metre in a year.

    4. Q. Which bamboo is best for screening?

    • A. The best bamboo for screening must be tall, grows lots of secondary branches, has dense evergreen foliage. It should, or at least, grow in both sun, part-shade and shade. Some varieties of Fargesia Murielae, also called the Umbrella Bamboos, are perfect for screening or for hedging.

    5. Q. What kind of bamboo is best for the garden?

    • A. Clumping bamboo varieties are great garden plants, they spread more slowly and gradually. In the garden, they can be used as ornamental or patio pot plants. Fargesia Simba and Pleioblastus Distichus are the best for garden centrepieces.

    6. Q. Is bamboo legal in the UK?

    • A. There are currently no restrictions on planting bamboo in the UK. The UK Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (Updates 11 December 2014, now the Guidance to Invasive Non-native Plants) does not classify bamboo as an invasive species.

    7. Q. Can bamboo grow in pots and containers?

    A. You can grow both Running and Clumping bamboo plants in pots and containers. Their growth and duration are limited to the size of the pots and will require care or repotting after 3 – 5 years.

    In-depth Answer: Here is an article we wrote about the Best Bamboos for Pots.

    8. Q. Does bamboo grow in shade?

    • A. Although most varieties of running and clumping bamboos like sunlight, they can also grow in shades. Some varieties of clump-forming bamboo plants are best for partial and full shaded areas. When planting a variety of clump-forming plants to grow in the share, ensure that the soil is well-drained.

    9. Q. How much water does bamboo need?

    • A. Old bamboo plants have natural water storage capacity through their hollow canes/culms and rhizomes (roots). Their deep roots and long canes will be able to store water and become drought resistant.
    • A. New bamboo will need water to grow until the roots and culms are well established. Water generously, but not too much water to avoid waterlogging. Lack of water or too much water can kill them.

    10. When is the right time to prune bamboo plants?

    • A. Summer checks: In the Summer, the plants would have grown to full height, and the rhizomes have reached far and wide or packed in clumps. Prune the culms and rhizomes, but not an ideal time to grow or re-pot the bamboos they may not survive the cold in Winter.
    • A. Spring checks: In the early Spring, the new shoots are an indication of how far the plants have grown and how healthy they are. This gives you an ideal opportunity to prune, re-pot or dig out the intruding rhizomes and canes.