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Evoking images of Asia, bamboo has long been a symbol of happiness and prosperity. Today, you'll find bamboo plants in homes as a decorative accent and in landscaping as a barrier plant. Some species of these plants are considered to be invasive, while others represent luck and joy. If you're considering adding some bamboo plants to your home or garden, it's important to know how to care for them so they can grow and flourish.
Bamboo enjoys full to partial sunlight, so be sure to plant it in an area where it will get the most sun. These plants can grow in lower light, but they'll grow much greener and fuller in full sun. Small, young plants might need a bit of protection from the heat until they become established. Bamboo also can easily adapt to almost any type of soil, as long as it can drain well.
Water your bamboo plants frequently, providing them with at least one inch of water per week. If you have ample rainfall and your bamboo plants are outdoors, you don't need to water them, but you should add a layer of mulch around your bamboo to help the soil underneath hold moisture. Aim for around three inches of mulch for the best water retention. You can also give your bamboo plants fertilizer. Organic fertilizer is the best option and will ensure healthy growth.
Some people enjoy keeping bamboo indoors in a container. If you choose to use the plant as a houseplant, be sure that whatever container you use has enough drainage holes. Potted bamboo will also need more water than outside plants, so water them frequently. If you keep your bamboo in a pot outside, bring it indoors during the cold months. Alternatively, you can insulate your pots using mulch, or you may wrap them using burlap, which is an excellent insulator.
With the right conditions and proper care, bamboo can thrive and grow in a wide variety of locations. Learn more about bamboo and how to care for it by using the following resources:
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