By now we have surely sparked your interest in bamboo as a whole, its uses and the great many benefits of bamboo fibers. With all this talk going on about bamboo, you must be wondering “But what of the actual bamboo plant; does it make a good addition to a garden?”
The answer is a solid “YES!” Bamboo is a great plant to feature in your gardening efforts, as it is truly beautiful and has the potential to become a great focal point of the place. Bamboo is used not only in industry, but also to make your garden truly beautiful and unique. With some basic garden care knowledge, you can add the beauty of this plant to your backyard. Here is what you need to consider:
- Some cultivation facts – the best type of soil for bamboo is moist and well-drained. Most types of bamboo tolerate any soil, though some require acidity or ericaceous compost. It is an extremely enduring plant that can thrive in poor soil. It is best planted in spring, so that strong canes can be produced in summer by the energy stored in the rhizomes. There are two main types of bamboo: running and clumping. Running bamboos are also known as the invasive type, as they produce long underground stems that grow away from the main plant. Clumping bamboos grow in stands in groups that don’t spread like the running bamboos.
- Planting bamboo – gardening experts suggest that you plant bamboo in the spring. As was already mentioned, the reason behind this is that the rhizomes of the plant store food, which is best used then to provide good conditions for bamboo canes in the summer. Before you actually plant bamboo, you should mix in a compost or manure to improve the organic contents of the soil, as well as its ability to hold moisture. Dig a planting hole in such a way that the rootball sits low, covered with 2-3 cm of soil. Be careful not to damage the rhizomes as you fill around the root. Don’t forget to add mulch and water after planting.
- Feeding and watering specifics – bamboo requires regular watering during dry periods. To provide your bamboo with great growing conditions, you should add a high level of nitrogen in spring and a balanced fertilizer mix till late August. What you can also do is spread some leaves around the bamboo plants, as foliage provides silica for strength and stability.
- Consider planting in a physical barrier – as it was already mentioned, some types of bamboo are invasive. You will do well to keep this in mind, as your gardening may turn into a nightmare once the plant starts spreading. To go around this, you can dig a trench and line it with solid material or fabric.
- Bamboo garden maintenance – remove weak and dead canes in spring by cutting them at ground level with the appropriate tool. Don’t forget to clear any debris at the base of bamboo clumps. Bamboo is best displayed when you remove part of the foliage at the bottom of the canes.
Bamboo gardening is easy when you follow these tips. Keep all of them in mind and you will be able to enjoy the looks of this great plant in your garden.