Bamboo ~ Container Planting ~ Repotting
Sharon’s Plants, Ltd.
41-614 Waikupanaha St.
Waimanalo, HI 96795
Container Planting Bamboo
The first concern is to keep the root zone sweet with good drainage.
Mulch on top allows roots to grow right up to the soil surface
(12″ – 14″), premium grade potting mix.
(2″ – 4″) coarse, washed, river sand to suit available space. The sand will filter out fine particles above the geo-textile cloth, Get the coarsest grade cloth available, or use fine shade-cloth.
The filter-cloth encases the coarse, sand and the potting mix. Trim it off to finish up out of sight.
Use a piece of drainage cell at the base, covering the drainage hole.
Food and Water
In containers, bamboo is your prisoner – have some humanity.
Use slow release fertilizer including trace elements. In growing weather, liquid seaweed is a good tonic.
In fact never feed a lot, it burns the bamboo and leaches into the waterways.
One more time. Because growth is rapid bamboo should be fed regularly over the growing season. In pots the root zone should be kept moist. Not wet!
Repotting your Bamboo
When your pot is just full of roots and it takes forever to water and it’s never enough, it’s probably re-potting time. You can divide the plant at this time. Just saw the root-ball with a hand saw.
The first concern is to keep the roots moist while work is underway. 1st. Soak the root-ball in water for a few hours. This will fully hydrate the bamboo. – Saw off the bottom 10% of the root-ball. This will encourage new growth. You can saw off some of the side roots if required to fit into the new pot. – Ensure good drainage through the drainage holes in the new container. – Use a premium grade potting mix. To buffer the bamboo against drying out you can include a 30 mm layer of hydrated, water crystals mixed with potting mix around 50 mm (2″), from the bottom of the pot. Make sure you soak the crystals prior to use. Incorporate slow release fertilizer into the soil. Top dress with a little pelletized chicken manure and water well. Water well again after a few hours and on the following few days.