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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.

How to Grow Bamboo from Cuttings [12 MONTHS 6 VIDEO UPDATES]

I grow the Golden Chinese Timber Bamboo, Phyllostachys vivax f. areosulcata from Rhizome cuttings in August last year.  The bamboo plants are a year old and are looking great.
It has been a year of learning to grow bamboo from cuttings. It requires care for the delicate new shoots where I kept the snails away, staked the new bamboo shoots and watered them during the warm summer months.

how to propagate bamboo UK
 

Height of the bamboo plants - measured

I measure the height of the bamboo plants at 2 weeks (August), 4 & 6 weeks (September) and 8 weeks (October). The growth pattern I observed was interesting

The fast-growing bamboo shoots reached over 60cm in 8 weeks (2 months).

By the end of the 12th month, the height of the longest bamboo was 106cm which means that the bamboo shoot grew only 40cm in 10 months.
But, something interesting happened during that time. [Watch the 1 Year Video Update to find out what happened]

VIDEOS UPDATES: How to Grow Bamboo from Rhizome Cuttings

This raw video list shows the work that I did over the period of 12 months, from the summer of 2021 to 2022.

Video 1: Grow Bamboo in the Propagating medium (2 weeks growth)

I used a bucket as a bamboo propagator. Planted the rhizomes in the bucket for 2 weeks until the roots and shoots germinated before transplanting them into Holding Pots.


Video 2: Bamboo Growing in the Propagating medium (4 weeks growth) New Growth Eaten by Slugs

I had to stop the slugs from eating the new shoots by applying slug & snail pellets.  It worked.


Video 3: Transplanting new bamboo from Propagator to Holding Pot (4 weeks growth)


Video 4: Calculating the Growth Rate of Bamboo in the Pots (8 weeks growth) - how fast does bamboo grow in a day?


In this video, I measured the height of the new bamboo shoots for 8 weeks and found the growth rate of this bamboo.

Video 5: How tall a bamboo grows in one year


From my observations, a new shoot will grow super fast in the first two months.

Then, put out branches and leaves and establish the rooting underground.

The first shoot can reach a metre to two metres, eventually doubling the height as it grows.

Video 6: What happens as a new bamboo plant grows? [Expected Height by Year]



Like most plants, a newly planted bamboo will not reach its full height in the first year.

Each year the bamboo will grow taller, in some cases twice as tall as the previous plant.

It will reach its matured height in 4-5 years and last for as long as 20-30 years.

Notably, a bamboo grove can last even longer due to the bamboo plant's re-generative growth behaviour, unlike the trees.

Important note about bamboo propagation

Different bamboo plants have different growth rates and patterns, features, soil, light & shade preferences.

Also, the propagation technique (seedlings, rhizome cutting, stem cuttings, etc) used will affect the growth of new bamboo plants. 

In this particular work, I am propagating the Golden Chinese Timber Bamboo, Phyllostachys vivax f. areosulcata from Rhizome cuttings.

Use it as an informational guide to growing the tall Phyllostachys from the rhizome cuttings. 

How to Propagate Running Bamboo Ougon-kou Chiku

Phyllostachys Sulphurea Viridis bamboo originates from Japan and China. 

In the UK, many bamboo nurseries and bamboo enthusiasts grow this cultivar from Rhizome Cuttings. 

You can also use Culm Cuttings or Bamboo Seeds to propagate Phyllostachys Sulphurea Viridis. 

However, bamboo seeds are often hard to find because bamboo rarely produces flowers. If you are lucky to have a rare bamboo seed, take extra care to grow them. 

This step-by-step guide on How to Grow Bamboo from Seeds will help you to grow bamboo from seeds successfully.

 

Bamboos similar to Phyllostachys Sulphurea Viridis

Below is a list of 5 other bamboos that are similar to the Phyllostachys Sulphurea Viridis. 

The similarities are based on height, spread and general appearances. 

If you want a bamboo that looks and behaves like the Viridis, check out these 5 bamboos. 

5. Golden Groove Bamboo Spectabilis vs Aureocaulis

Phyllostachys Sulphurea Viridis (Ougon-kou Chiku Bamboo )

Phyllostachys Sulphurea Viridis is a stunning bamboo with contrasting green and yellow colours. 

This bamboo is ideal as a standalone plant in large gardens and woodlands or planted close together to provide a thick garden hedge.

At G.B.P, our goal is to provide the right information for selecting the right bamboo to grow in the garden and in pots and containers. 

We also provide tips and guides on how to provide the right care and maintenance for bamboo plants. 

See our work on Bamboo Care and Maintenance and download a free Guide to Growing Bamboo in the UK

We are also on YouTube – follow us for the latest on bamboo and sustainable products info.

3 best ways to propagate lucky bamboo plants at home

Lucky bamboo is a popular houseplant. But, keen growers are asking 'how can I propagate lucky bamboo plants? You will also need to know how to provide ongoing care for your bamboo plants.

There are 3 common ways to propagate a lucky bamboo plant.

Propagation by
  • stem and shoot cuttings,
  • separation (plant division) and
  • seeds.
how to propagate lucky bamboo plants

How can I take cuttings from lucky bamboo plants?

Before propagating lucky bamboo, take the cuttings either from the main stalks or side shoots. The lucky bamboo plant grows quicker from cutting than from the root separation and seeds.
  • To take the cuttings from the main stalk, cut 3 – 5 cm away from the node. As for the new side shoots, take the cutting as close as you can to the main stalk, the new shoot will re-generate so you do not have to worry.
  • Tidy up the first 2 – 4 sheaths along the cuttings to make way for the roots to germinate.
  • Coat the freshly cut ends with candle wax to stop them from rotting.
  • Now, the cuttings are ready for propagating in growing mediums.

How can I propagate stalk and shoot cuttings?

Lucky bamboo cuttings prepared above will thrive in water, soil and gravel. In this case, we’ll use soil as the propagating medium.
  • Put cuttings in a growing pot.
  • Add well-drained potting soil so that it covers 2 or 3 rooting nodes.
  • Water generously, use distilled water.
  • Set aside in a well-ventilated location where there is good indoor light.
  • Water regularly for 7 to 14 days after planting until you see signs of growth.
Top tip. Always use distilled or rainwater as they are free from chlorine which is the main cause of rotting in these plants.
What is the difference between propagating and growing lucky bamboo plants? Take a look at the top 10 FAQs on lucky bamboo plants.

How can I propagate lucky bamboo by plant divisions?

You can propagate lucky bamboo by plant divisions by separating the stalks from a recent purchase or removed from another pot. 

You can use soil, water or gravel as a growing medium. In this case, we’ll use soil.
  • Tidy up any loose leaves, roots and ends.
  • Cover any freshly cut ends with candle wax to prevent rotting.
  • Prepare a regular pot with loam or potting soil. Place gravels or rock at the bottom of the pot for drainage
  • Place the plant divisions in the pot and cover the first 2 – 3 nodes with soil.
  • Water generously. (To promote root growth, mix some rooting powder with water)
  • Set aside in a well-lit location, away from direct sunlight and busy areas.
Top tip: Within 1 to 2 weeks, new roots and shoots should appear. Water once or twice each week. There is no need to water regularly if you are using loam soil as it has a high water retention capacity. Keep a close watch for signs of rooting and new shoots. Avoid giving the lucky bamboo fertilisers at this early stage.

How can I propagate lucky bamboo plants from seeds?

It takes a long time to get real lucky bamboo plants from seeds. In fact, it can take 6 – 12 months from potting the seeds to getting a real plant. 

Also, lucky bamboo does not flower regularly, that’s why it’s often hard to get the seeds locally. The best thing is the satisfaction of propagating your own plant! 

So, here are the steps you can follow if you are ambitious.

Propagating lucky bamboo from seed:
  • Place the seeds out on a wet paper towel or white cloth. The seeds are black and small, so be careful when handling them.
  • Prepare the grow pots. Add well-drained moist soil or potting soil. Avoid using regular garden soil because it may have snails and slugs in them.
  • Put the seeds about 1 cm to 1.5 cm into the soil. Space them out evenly.
  • Water generously and place them in the greenhouse or in a shaded site until they germinate.
After propagating bamboo from seeds
  • Check and water regularly, but do not overwater.
  • Gently pull out the plants that are 10 cm in height and move them into pots until all your plants have been transplanted.
  • Do not empty the growing pot (tray) because some seeds may remain dormant in it. Leave them for a further 2 or 3 weeks until you are absolutely certain that all the seeds have germinated.
Top tip: It can take up to 2 weeks, even longer, for the lucky bamboo seeds to germinate. Once the new plants reach 10 cm to 15 cm tall, transplant them into larger pots. Ensure that the soil you are using is rich in nutrients and well-aerated. Lucky bamboo plants do not like waterlogged soil, do not overwater the plants.

How long does lucky bamboo take to grow?

The propagated plants can take about 2 weeks to 4 weeks for the first signs of growth to appear. 

It depends entirely on the method you are using and the initial care you give to them. Read about the best practices and care guide for lucky bamboo plants

Some plants will take longer, so be patient. Either way, the best thing is to enjoy watching your lucky bamboo plants grow.

Conclusion

All in all, you are likely to get healthy plants much faster from the stalk and shoot cuttings than by plant divisions and from seed propagation. 

We hope that the 3 ways help you to propagate lucky bamboo plants. Let us know in the comment which method suits you.

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.

    propagate bamboo in water

    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

    Steps for growing bamboo plants from stem cuttings

    Bamboo plants can grow from stem cuttings, but it is not as effective as growing bamboo from base separation and rhizome cuttings. It will also take a long time to germinate.

    Follow the steps below for successful propagation by stem cuttings.

    Grow bamboo plants UK
     

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

    Use candle wax 

    Step 1: Cut some cuttings from a three or four-year-old bamboo plant at 45 degrees angle. 

    Each cutting must have at least two nodes and one internode. 

    Cover the ends of the bamboo cuttings with wax to save them from rotting or drying.

    Use rooting hormone

    Step 2: Dip the bamboo cuttings in rooting hormone and ensure that the fresh cuts are covered with the hormone before shaking the excess off.

    Use good soil!

    Step 3: Fill large a pot or container with potting mix or loam soil (mixture of equal parts sand, silt and clay). Make several holes in the soil and plant the culm cuttings.

    Depending on the number of cuttings, you may need more than one pot. 

    Ideally, an 20cm garden pot should hold not more than 6 new culm cuttings.

    Water & humidity promote growth

    Step 4: Cover the cuttings with a clear plastic bag to keep the soil moist. 

    Put the pot of newly planted culm cuttings in a warm area, out of direct sunlight.

    Water the cuttings to keep the soil moist as water and humidity promote new growth.

    Continue early-stage care

    Step 5: When you see new shoots, it means the cuttings are putting out roots and rhizomes in the soil.

    Continue to water the cuttings until they are ready to move into new pots or planted straight in the garden.

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

    How to propagate bamboo from seeds

    Propagating bamboo from seeds is the best way to get many plants growing at the same time. 

    It will take a long time if you take into consideration the germination period to potting in grow pots and holding pots.

    But, it can be a delight to get new bamboo plants from seeds.

    The steps will help you to increase your success rate when propagating bamboo that way.

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

    how to propagate bamboos from seeds

    Soak seeds

    Step 1: Firstly, soak the bamboo seed in a bowl of water for 20 - 24 hours. 

    The water should not be too hot or too cold. Hot temperatures will destroy the bamboo seeds.

    Cooler temperatures are likely to delay the seeds from germinating, 22 – 25 degrees Celsius are ideal for soaking bamboo seeds.

    Prepare compost and grow pots

    Step 2: Prepare the compost in a pot or tray, space the seeds out at 1 - 2cm intervals and sprinkle a fine layer of compost on the top.

    Control temperature and moisture

    Step 3: Use a seed propagator if you have one. 

    If you do not have one, use a clear plastic bag big enough to cover the pot or try completely.

    Seeds germinate well where it is not too hot or too cool, so maintain the germinating temperature of 22 – 26 degrees Celsius.

    Seeding site

    Step 4: Place your potted seeds in a site where there is shade. 

    Check the potted seeds daily. You should see the first sign of sprouting after 10 – 15 days.

    Seeds care

    Step 5: It can take up to 30 days for all the seeds to germinate, some seeds may take longer. 

    Check that the leaves are green and healthy, and the soil remains moist.

    Elevate the clear plastic cover, of the lid if you are using a propagator so that the leaves do not touch the sides of the covers.

    Here is an in-depth article on how to propagate bamboo plants for the seeds.

     

    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 Transplant New Bamboo Plants

    Bamboo seeds take up to 12 months to grow in propagators before they can be transplanted into holding pots. 

    Care has to be taken when transplanting delicate new plants.

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    Steps for transplanting new bamboo plants

    When the seeds have germinated, it is time to transplant them into the garden or larger pots.

    You will need steady hands to do that.

    Step 1. Prepare soil for growing bamboo sprouts:

    Mix a good potting soil with compost bark in the ratio of 75% to 25%, or 3 parts potting mixture to 1 part compost bark. The compost bark will add humus to the soil. 

    Alternatively, use natural plant-based humus such as fine grass cuttings. Do not add too much as the heat can kill the new bamboo seedlings.

    Step 2. Moving sprouts: 

    Carefully pull the healthy sprouting seeds out of the propagating pot or tray. 

    Use a lifter so that you do not break the delicate roots.

    Step 3. Leave the soil in the propagator

    Put the propagating pots or trays back and leave for a further 10 days as the dormant bamboo seeds are likely to germinate.

    Step 4. Potting sprouts: 

    Lay the bottom of the 4cm or 6cm plastics pots or containers with pebbles or broken ceramics. This will stop soil from falling through and improve drainage. 

    Add the mixture of potting soil and bark (from Step 1). Plant the sprouts in the centre of the pots, careful not to damage the taproot and new root hairs.

    Step 5. Site for potted sprouts: 

    Set the potted sprouts (in Step 4) in a location where the condition is suitable for further growth. Ideally in a greenhouse or indoors, for the new bamboo to grow for 10 - 12 months.

    NOTE: You could lose 1 in 10 bamboo seedlings, but most of them stand a chance to germinate. 

    When the new bamboos have reached a height of 10 – 40cm, it is time to move them into larger pots and containers.

     Check out the different ways to propagate bamboo plants.

    Transplant new bamboo plants 

    Transplant them into mini grow pots. Always use plastic pots. The ceramic pots retain heat and are not ideal for germinating seeds. 

    They’ll need water even in Winter and a lot of attention.

    Though bamboo seeds carry the nutrients they need to germinate, once they are transplanted, they'll need nourishment. So, use nutrient-rich soil. 

    The best soil for planting new bamboo plants is an all-purpose compose.

    Spring is the best time to transplant new bamboo that you grow from seeds.

    Bamboos are fastest-growing plants

    Bamboo plants are known as the fastest-growing plants. Some species can grow at an average of 1m per day. 

    The first shoots, rhizomes and culms can reach their full growth between the 4th or 5th year after planting. When the bamboos start to ‘outgrow’ the pots, repot them. 

    Prune the rhizomes and old culms so that they do not invade other spaces

    The best thing to do when learning how to propagate bamboo from seeds and transplant them successfully is to prepare the materials and site properly.

    How to dig out bamboo roots using hand tools

    Digging out bamboo roots needs planning and the right tools. This article provides all the info you need to know based on the work we did in the bamboo garden over many years. 

    Find out how to remove bamboo rhizomes the right way by using hand tools.

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    Best hand tools for digging up bamboo

    Bamboo roots/rhizomes and base buds are rough, you've got to have tougher tools to deal with them. 

    The best hand tool for digging out bamboo is a pickaxe. Though it's heavy, it will make work lighter.

    Also, you will need a pair of shears, a spade/shovel, a crowbar and a pruning hand saw.

    Use a sealable bin to keep the rhizome cutting until they are dry.

    Get the tools from top UK Home & Garden suppliers listed at the GBP website.  

    List of tools for digging bamboo:

    • Pickaxe 
    • Crowbar
    • Pair of garden shears
    • Spade
    • Pruning hand saw

    Dig out bamboo roots

    When digging out bamboo, always do a clean cut through the rhizomes without pulling or splitting because the remaining parts will grow back, quickly.

    Also, take precautions when digging up bamboo roots. The bamboo slits are razor sharp and can cause injury.

    As a rule of thumb, cut the bamboo roots and rhizomes into smaller segments and keep them in a dry area until they dry before discarding.

    You may find this article useful too: 5 ways to stop bamboo from spreading

    Rhizomes and clump bases

    Running bamboo rhizomes are underground stems. 

    Clumping bamboo plants do not have rhizomes, instead, the roots form clusters around the plants called clump bases. 

    Here is how to dig out bamboo rhizomes and clump bases to propagate.

    • Select the rhizomes that have buds or shoots coming out at the nodes.
    • Put the straight into shade or bucket of water.
    • For Runner bamboos cut 4 – 6 nodes or 3 – 5 internodes off the rhizome.
    • If you are working with Clump-forming bamboos, separate the compact clumps with 2 – 4 bamboo canes/culms on the cuttings.
    • Re-grow the rhizome cuttings immediately.

    Tool: You will need a sharp pair of secateurs or garden loppers for snipping the branches and cutting the rhizomes. 

    B&Q has a great collection of cutting and pruning tools - check them out.

    When taking the bamboo cutting off the mother plant, do not disturb any new buds and small roots on the cuttings. 

    Put the cuttings in shade or into a bucket of water so that the roots remain fresh for re-planting.

    Dig out bamboo best non-chemical removal method

    The rhizomes (and clump base) of many bamboo plants in the UK do not grow deep into the soil. 

    They grow horizontally along with the top layer of the dirt at an average depth of 5 – 20cm. 

    If you are going to re-grow the cutting, avoid using chemicals that can potentially damage the parent plant and the cuttings. 

    (Read about the 4 Natural Ways to Kill Bamboos Permanently)

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    When removing invasive bamboo, always work smart, not hard. 

    Identify where the rhizomes are running before digging. 

    Here is how to dig out bamboo without using chemicals.

    Cut stems

    • Cut the bamboo stems at 180 degrees across (horizontally), close to the ground. (Dig out the bamboo or use them in the garden)

    Dig out dirt

    • Dig a drain around or along with the bamboo to a depth of 5 – 20cm.
    • Dig out the soil and dirt, cut off the rhizomes and clean the root hairs.

    Remove rhizomes and clump bases

    • Removing rhizomes: Identify which way the rhizomes are running or how the clumps are formed, and dig along the rhizomes before removing them. (Do not break the rhizomes as they will grow back if left in the soils).
    • Removing bamboo base clumps: Use a pickaxe to dig out the base of the bamboo – one base stem at a time.

    Do these before binning

    • Use a pair of secateurs or garden loppers to cut the stems into smaller pieces about 1 – 3cm.
    • Remove any side buds and root hairs to avoid any chance of growing back.
    • Leave the rhizome cuttings in direct sunlight and starve them off water and shade for 3 – 5 days or unit the rhizomes turn brown. This should be enough to kill them completely.

    Tools you’ll need: Hacksaw, pickaxe, pair of secateurs or garden loopers. Get them here 

    Work smart when digging up bamboo roots

    The bamboos have tough rhizomes (underground stems) and culms (stems), so work smart when digging them up.

    Care should be taken when cutting the bamboo stems and rhizomes.

    Hope this article gives you an idea about how to dig out and remove bamboo rhizomes in your garden and stop the rhizomes from spreading into other spaces.

    Check out the blog's archive for more info on how to remove bamboo roots/rhizomes.

    How to cut bamboo canes without splitting

    Bamboo canes are fantastic to have around. You can grow new plants for the canes or use them as sticks in the garden. 

    They have many uses, yet care should be taken when preparing them as the splinters and slits can cause injuries to the exposed skin.

    Find out how to cut bamboo canes without splitting.

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    What is the right cane to take cuttings?

    Young cane cuttings are not the best to propagate because they will not germinate. This is the same for the canes that are 5 years or older.

    Choose healthy canes with new branches and fully grown leaves. Ideally, the canes that are 3 - 4 years old. They have the energy to grow into new plants when planted.

    Check out the blog's archived articles on how to propagate bamboo plants

    How to cut bamboo canes

    You can grow both the running and clump-forming bamboo plants from the cuttings. 

    Prepare the canes

    • Select bamboo stems that are 3 - 4 years old with a diameter of at least 2 cm.
    • Always cut the canes (stems) at 45 degrees with a hacksaw. Allow for two cane nodes and one internode.
    • Put the cuttings in water or shape to keep them fresh.

    Plant the canes

    • Plant the cuttings in designated pots or in nutrient-rich soil, away from direct sun. Cover the nodes of the new cuttings with soil and mulch.
    • Leave the top of the cuttings covered, free from any soil or mulch.

    Get the tools from top UK Home & Garden suppliers listed at the GBP website. 

    Tools for cutting bamboo canes

    You will need a handsaw to cut the bamboo canes neatly. Check that you have these tools, or their equivalent, ready.

    • A hacksaw, 
    • Pair of secateurs or garden loopers.
    • A Sharp knife
    Get the tools here 

    Care should be taken when cutting bamboo canes. The new splits and edges are razor-sharp. A cut to the skin can be nasty.

    Take care when cutting bamboo canes

    The bamboos have tough rhizomes (underground stems) and canes (stems). 

    The cuttings are likely to lacerate exposed skins. Take extra care when cutting them.

    • Caution: The hardy splinters and edges of the bamboo stems are razor sharp.
    • Cut to the exposed skin is highly likely.
    • Care should be taken when cutting the bamboo stems and rhizomes.

    Hope this article gives you an idea about how to cut bamboo canes without splitting. 
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    Is Bamboo Fastest Growing Plant?

    A garden bamboo shoot can grow up to 10cm on a spring day, and reach its full height in just 4 weeks. By summer, it will put out branches and leaves. This bamboo's growth is complete, but it will remain evergreen for 30 - 60 years.

    According to the Guinness World Records, timber bamboo grows up to 91 centimetres (35 inches) per day.

    Close to home, at the Kew Garden Palm House, the Giant Timber Bamboo [pictured] grows to 24m in 16 days, as measured

    That's a whopping 1.5m per day!

    how fast bamboo grow in the UK
    This bamboo grows 1.5m/day

    When does bamboo grow the fastest?

    The new bamboo shoots come out in spring and grow the fastest during the first 3 - 4 weeks. 

    In summer, they'll start to branch out and produce leaves.

    Also, spring is the ideal time to grow new bamboo plants because they will be active during this time.

    When should I grow new bamboo plants?

    Understanding how fast bamboo grows and when they grow the fastest is important to growing it.

    Growing new bamboo cuttings sufficiently early in Spring. The chance of growth in the roots and shoots is high.

    As the roots establish themselves, (and they do that very quickly over Summer), your bamboo cuttings will be ready for planting the following Spring.

    Also, spring is the best time to grow any potted bamboo. As mentioned, grow them early so that they have the chance to germinate over the spring and summer months.

    Having said that, bamboo is a resilient plant. When you plant it does not really matter. It will remain in the soil until the condition are right for it to sprout.

    Check your bamboo plants for growth

    Late Spring and early Summers are the best times for checking your bamboo plants. This is also a good time to grow bamboo because the new shoots and rhizomes tips will have been sprouting.

    During the rest of the year, the matured bamboo plants, especially the culms and rhizomes, in your garden will remain green and provide covers even through the Winter months. 

    They are pretty tolerant of cold and dry soils.

    Bamboos are amazing plants, they grow well all year round. 

    Their evergreen foliage and tall hardy stems make them ideal plants for privacy screens and ornamental garden centrepieces.

    If you are going to grow a bamboo plant, either in pots or in the garden, it is important to know that they grow very quickly. 

    The new shoots and rhizomes (roots) can take over the space very quickly if left unchecked. 

    We hope this article answers your questions about how to grow our favourite bamboo plant. 

    If you have any questions, please leave a comment and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Follow us on Twitter and YouTube for the latest updates.

    How to Plant Bamboo Seeds

    There are three common ways to propagate bamboo plants – using the seeds, rhizome cuttings and culm cuttings. Find out how to plant bamboo seeds and transplant them successfully.

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    Materials for planting bamboo seeds

    The two important factors you should pay attention to when propagating bamboo seeds are temperature and soil moisture.

    As a rule of thumb, temperatures between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius and high moisture content are ideal for bamboo seeds to germinate. 

    • A 50/50 organic compost.
    • 4cm - 6cm growing pots or trays.
    • Bowls for soaking the seeds.
    • Rainwater or distilled water.
    • Propagator (or well-insulated greenhouse) to keep the temperature constant at 25 – 30 degrees Celsius

    Buy bamboo seeds online

    Bamboo plants flower occasionally and therefore seeds are hard to find. Yet, you can buy the seeds either online or from reputable nurseries in the UK.

    We found three online sellers that are based in the UK and do free deliveries. Here is their link on Amazon.

    Plant bamboo seeds indoor

    Important: To grow bamboo from seed, soak the seeds in a bowl of water for about 24 hours to promote root development. Distilled water is ideal for soaking bamboo seeds. Avoid using treated water.

    Keep the temperatures at the standard room temperature to promote germination.

    Step 1 Soak seeds: 

    Firstly, soak the bamboo seed in a bowl of water for 20 - 24 hours. The water should not be too hot or too cold. 

    Hot temperatures will destroy the bamboo seeds. Cooler temperatures are likely to delay the seeds from germinating, 22 – 25 degrees Celsius are ideal for soaking bamboo seeds.

    Step 2 Prepare compost and potting seeds: 

    Prepare the compost in a pot or tray, space the seeds out at 1 - 2cm intervals and sprinkle a fine layer of compost on the top.

    Step 3 Control temperature and moisture:

    Use a seed propagator if you have one. Alternatively, use a clear plastic bag big enough to cover the pot. 

    Seeds germinate well where it is not too hot or too cool. Maintain the germinating temperature of 22 – 26 degrees Celsius.

    Step 4 Potted seeds storage site: 

    Place your newly potted seeds where there is a medium shade, away from direct sunlight. Check the potted seeds daily. 

    You should see the first sign of sprouting after 10 – 15 days.

    Step 5 Seeds care: 

    It can take up to 30 days for all the seeds to germinate, and some seeds may take longer. Check that the leaves are green and healthy, and the soil remains moist. 

    Elevate the clear plastic cover, of the lid if you are using a propagator so that the leaves do not touch the sides of the covers.

    When is the right time to plant bamboo seeds?

    Spring and Summer are the best times to grow bamboos from seeds in the UK. Check out the different ways to propagate bamboo plants.

    Put the seeds indoors or greenhouse and maintain the soil moisture content as well as the temperature so that it is not too cold or too hot but at the standard room temperature of 22 – 25 degrees Celsius.

    After they’ve germinated, it is time to transplant them into mini grow pots. 

    Always use plastic pots. The ceramic pots retain heat and are not ideal for germinating seeds.

    From seeds to germinating and transplanting bamboo plants, they’ll need water even in Winter. They’ll also need mulch and a lot of attention.

    Bamboo seeds carry the nutrients they need to germinate. Yet, grow them in well-drained, nutrient-rich soil.

    The best soil for growing bamboo seeds is an all-purpose compose.

    How long does it take bamboo seeds to grow?

    New shoots and roots will appear after 20-30 days after planting. 

    This is the best part of growing bamboo from seeds, it shows that the bamboo roots and rhizomes, and culms are establishing themselves in the propagator.

    Start potting the early bamboo sprouts into larger pots where they'll grow for the next 12 months. 

    This will give the seeds that remained dormant in the propagator a chance to germinate.

    Note: It can take as long as 5 years to grow bamboo from seeds to planting in pots and in the garden.

    Here are some guided info on how to grow bamboos: how to grow bamboos in pots and containers. & the best soil for growing bamboos in pot.

     

    Bamboo from seeds to mature plants

    It can take an average of 5 years to plant bamboo from seeds to get a fully grown bamboo plant.

    Though it is a painstaking undertaking, it can be really satisfying. 

    Here is a breakdown of how long it can take to plant bamboo from seeds to potting to transplanting into pots and gardens.

    • 12 hours: Soak seeds in distilled water for propagating.
    • 10 - 12 months (1st year): Bamboo Seeds grow in a propagator. Ready for transplanting into holding pots.
    • 1 – 2 years (2nd – 3rd years): New bamboo plants (in holding pots) can reach 1m  in height with an established rooting system.
    • 2 – 3 years (4th – 5th years): Fully grown bamboo plants, ready for planting in the garden or big pots.
    These bamboo plants can live for more than 60 years.

    The best thing to do when learning how to plant bamboo from seeds and transplant them successfully is to prepare the materials and site properly.