Growing Indoor Bamboo Plants

People who love plants will agree that nothing adds more beauty and color to a room than a potted plant or a vase full of their favorite flowers. You can grow bamboo plants indoors with just a little help from us. Read on to know how.
| Tuesday, March 26, 2013

With the competition in the world and disappointments at every step I am sure that all of us would be grateful for a bit of luck. Well, look no further because here we tell you about how to grow lucky bamboos and other bamboo plants indoors.

Indoor Bamboo Plants

If planted under the right conditions, bamboo grows well whether they are placed in the garden or indoors in a planter. Of course while choosing a bamboo plant to grow indoors it is essential to buy bamboo plant varieties that occur naturally within a dry and dim environment as these plants would prosper without much attention under typical indoor conditions. Like all other plants, bamboo plants also need regular watering and feeding in order to grow into healthy and thriving bamboo plants.

Growing an Indoor Bamboo Plant

  • While buying a bamboo plant to plant indoors select from varieties like the fernleaf bamboo (Pleioblastus distichus), black bamboo (Phyllostachys nigra) or the kamu-zasa bamboo (Sasa veitchii). The plants mentioned here are clumping and tolerant of dim light and have low relative humidity.
  • Look for a permanent planter that has at least 3 inches of space on all sides to put the plant in. To provide the plant with ample nutrition and moisture retention use 3 parts of potting soil, 2 parts compost, 1 part perlire or vermiculite and 1 part coarse sand.
  • Put the bamboo plant in an area where it receives about six hours of direct sunlight in a day. The bamboo varieties that can live on less sunlight are - "Tsuboi" shibuyanus and "Giant Leaf" Indocalamus tessellates.
  • When watering the indoor bamboo plant ensure that you do so according to the size and needs of the species. Small bamboo plants should be provided with 1 inch of water every five days while larger bamboo plants need to be given about 2 inches of water every seven to eight days. Water the plants when the top inch of the soil becomes dry.
  • High- nitrogen fertilizer is important for indoor bamboo plants. While feeding the bamboo plant ensure that it gets 30-10-10 ratio fertilizer once a month from the months of March to September. While applying the fertilizer to the bamboo plant ensure that you read the instructions carefully. Also remember to water the plant well after feeding it.
  • Early spring season is the best time to prune the indoor bamboo plant. To do so use a pair of clean and freshly sharpened pruning shears and remove only about a quarter of the total length of each cane. If the canes or leaves are damaged then remove them at their point of origin.
  • Use a spray bottle or a plant mister to mist the indoor bamboo plants. Use filtered water to mist them as often as you can in order to raise the humidity around the plant and keep the leaves hydrated and free from all dust.
  • Once the indoor bamboo plants outgrow their planter it is important to repot them. While doing so ensure that you move them to a planter that is at least 2 inches larger in depth and diameter. In order to keep the soil level the same use fresh soil and then pot the bamboo plant.

Lucky Bamboo

Known as Dracaena sanderiana, lucky bamboo is actually a type of tropical water lily from Africa. This plant is an easy to care for houseplant that grows well in areas that provide low and indirect light. Lucky bamboo is so called because it is said to bring good fortune and luck to the inhabitants of any space that it is grown in.

Things Needed

  • Water/Soil
  • Tall container or pot
  • Marbles or Rocks
  • Fertilizer made for lucky bamboo (optional)

Growing a Lucky Bamboo Plant

  • While buying a lucky bamboo look for one that has bright green leaves as a plant that has yellow or brown steams or leaves would not last for long.
  • Ensure that you use the right container to keep the plant in! If the plant comes in a container it is advisable to leave it there, if it doesn’t it would be a good idea to keep the plan in a tall glass vase or a ceramic container. Avoid putting the plant in a shallow bowl.
  • To stabilize the plant put some stones or marbles at the bottom. Also put at least 1 to 3 inches of water in the container in order for the plant to grow.
  • Place the lucky bamboo plant in an area that receives indirect sunlight.
  • Ensure that the water in the container is changed every 1 to 2 weeks.
  • Once the roots increase the water in the container must be increased in order to encourage more roots to grow. The higher the stalks are covered with water, the higher up the roots will also grow.
  • Lucky bamboo can be grown in water forever, but if you want you can also transfer the plant to soil. In doing so you need to ensure that the soil has good drainage and this can be accomplished by adding some small rocks to the bottom of the pot. The soil in which you transfer the plant should be moist but not saturated.

Advice

  • Use fresh spring water, filtered water or rain water for your plant.
  • You can also add fertilizers specially made for lucky bamboo plants in order to keep the plant healthy and enable it to grow.
  • Keep the bamboo plant away from direct sunlight as it will burn the plant and make the leaves yellow and then brown.
  • This plant needs warm, tropical temperatures so do not expose the plant to temperatures lower than 50 degrees F.
  • The leaves of lucky bamboo plants are toxic if ingested, so keep the plant out of the reach of pets and young children.
  • Once the indoor bamboo plants outgrow their planter it is important to repot them. While doing so ensure that you move them to a planter that is at least 2 inches larger in depth and diameter. In order to keep the soil level the same use fresh soil and then pot the bamboo plant.
   
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