How to Grow Bamboo from Cuttings | Planting Bamboo Cuttings

Learn how to grow bamboo from cuttings, growing bamboo from cuttings is possible if you grow it in warm temperature.

Bamboo is actually a grass, but its wood is strong enough to be used in flooring and furniture. In the garden bamboo is usually grown for its ornamental aspect or as a privacy tree as it grows quickly and mostly in clumps that can be so dense that you can not walk through them. bamboo cutting propagate

How to Grow Bamboo from Cuttings in Water

  1. To grow bamboo from cuttings in water, cut several 10 inches long cuttings from new growth that has at least two nodes and two internodes. Cut it in a slight 45 degree angle with a sharp knife.
  2. Dip the ends of cutting in melted wax. Place the cutting in water and leave it on a well lit location for several weeks.
  3. Change the water every other day as standing water will quickly run out of oxygen.
  4. Move the cutting in a pot as soon as it has 2 inches long roots. Fill the pot with potting mix or a mixture of 1 part loam to 1 part sand to improve drainage. Make a hole in soil and plant the cutting to 1 inch depth into the soil.
  5. For support tie it to a stick with string. This will stabilize the bamboo cutting until it establishes.

Growing Bamboo from Rhizomes

  1. Take bamboo rhizomes and cut them into portions leaving two or three growth buds on each with a gardening knife. Don’t use rhizomes with a dark and patched appearance as they will not grow well.
  2. Lay the bamboo rhizomes horizontally on pots with the buds facing up. Spread a 3 inch layer of soil over them and water thoroughly until the soil looks deeply moist.
  3. Place the container in a warm spot under light shade. Keep the soil slightly moist consistently. Remember not to overwater the rhizome cuttings otherwise they will rot.
  4. Rhizomes will take four to six weeks to grow, you can plant them outside once nighttime temperature start to stay around 55 F.

How to Grow Bamboo from Culm Cuttings

  1. Cut a few cuttings from three or four years old bamboo plant in bamboo illustrationvarious sections with a hacksaw. Each section must contain at least one node and one internode. Remove the existing leaves in between.
  2. Fill a pot with potting mix or a mixture of equal parts of coarse sand and loam.
  3. Seal the first ridges of bamboo cuttings with wax to save them from rotting or drying. Melt the wax and simply dip it in about 1/8 inch.
  4. Pour 2 tablespoons of rooting hormone in a plastic bag and immerse the bamboo cuttings in it. Shake off the excess rooting hormone and make several holes in soil and plant cuttings in it.
  5. Cover the cuttings with clear plastic bag and set the pot in a warm area, out of direct sunlight. Water them to keep the soil moist.
  6. When you see new shoots, it means cuttings are forming roots. Continue to grow the bamboo plants in containers or plant outside when whether warms up.

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  1. Nice to know
    I have a bunch of bamboo shoot all shoots joined to an end part that was the starting point there is no roots right now I placed in a glass vase and filled with water and little stones

  2. Thanks. I live in Japan. I just rode out into the countryside & took some cuttings from a wild bamboo that was growing at an abandoned marina. Some fire ants bit my ankles as I was trying to take cuttings – it really hurt! The local farmers were amused to see me riding back home with long shoots bamboo sticking up out of my backpack like some strange war banner of old times.
    I followed your instructions, so hopefully it will grow :-) I like the idea of my cuttings having a story to them, rather than buying from a garden supply centre.


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