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Bamboo is 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 dense enough to offer curtain-like foliage.
How to Grow Bamboo from Cuttings in Water?
- To grow bamboo from cuttings in water, cut several 10 inches long cuttings from a new growth that has at least two nodes and two internodes. Cut it in a slight 45-degree angle with a sharp knife.
- Dip the ends of cuttings in melted wax. Place the cuttings in the water and leave it in a well-lit location for several weeks.
- Change the water every other day, as standing water will quickly run out of oxygen.
- Move the cuttings in a pot as soon as it has 2 inches long roots. Fill the pot with a potting mix or a mixture with 1 part loam and 1 part sand to improve drainage. Make a hole in the pot and plant the cutting at 1-inch depth into the soil.
- For support, tie it to a stick with string. This will stabilize the bamboo cutting until it establishes.
Growing Bamboo From Rhizomes
- Take bamboo Rhizomes and cut them into portions using a gardening knife, leaving two or three growth buds on each one. Avoid using rhizomes with dark and patched appearance, as they might not grow well.
- 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.
- 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.
- Rhizomes will take about four to six weeks to grow. You can plant them outside once the nighttime temperature starts to stay around 55 F.
How to Grow Bamboo from Culm Cuttings?
- Cut a few cuttings from three or four years old bamboo plant, in various sections, with a hacksaw. Each section must contain at least one node and one internode. Remove the existing leaves in between.
- Fill a pot with potting mix or a mixture of equal parts of coarse sand and loam.
- Seal the first ridges of bamboo cuttings with wax, to save them from rotting or drying. Melt the wax and dip it in about 1/8 inch.
- Pour two 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 the soil. Once done, plant the cuttings carefully in it.
- Cover the cuttings with a clear plastic bag and set the pot in a warm area, out of direct sunlight. Water them to keep the soil moist.
- When you see new shoots, it means cuttings are forming roots. Continue to grow the bamboo plants in containers or plant outside when the weather warms up.
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