Maybe you are getting a bit tired of growing the same-old plants in your garden and want to try something new. If that is the case, then perhaps you would like to consider growing bamboo for your next big project.
Sturdy and aesthetically-pleasing, bamboo is a popular plant to have around the household, as it can be placed either inside or outside of the house, and grows quickly to cut down the time needed to have it displayed at home. It is also a versatile plant, as it can be used for screens, mats, and even art decoration to admire at.
That said, how do you go about growing bamboo? While it simply involves water, good soil, and care just like with any other plant out there, maintaining it is an interesting case. In fact, it has the ability to regenerate itself, so that you will not need to keep purchasing new bamboo every time one dies out.
In this article, we will give you all of the information on how to grow bamboo from its cuttings (e.g. stems), so as to guarantee that your bamboo garden remains uninformed, healthy, and long-living in the years to come. With that said, let’s get started!
What You Will Need for This Tutorial
The root of all types of plants, having good-quality soil is the way to go when it comes to growing just about anything that you want to grow.
By making sure that the soil is well-aerated (i.e. has air pockets to allow plant roots to breathe), retains water well, and provides the essential nutrients and minerals, it will make your bamboo-growing experience much more efficient.
As the name implies, rooting hormone is a type of growth hormone used in plants to enhance their development. Primarily made from the chemical regulator auxin, it is used to speed up cell processes, as means of making the plant grow bigger and stronger.
Since it is a regenerating plant, bamboo pieces can be used to start off the process. The cuts, however, have to be particularly-sized pieces, as you cannot just take any random cut lying around in your bamboo garden in order to make it work.
Although not the most important item to have in the bamboo-growing process, this object nevertheless plays a small part in it, one of which can make a difference in the quality of the bamboo’s growth. In other words, using wax will prevent the bamboo from drying out as it is being planted again in the regrowth process.
Just like with soil, having water is one of the staples for successful plant growth, as it gives life to them. However, make sure that you know just how much you will need to use to cultivate the bamboo, for too much or too little can hinder their growth or, even worse, harm them.
While bamboo needs some sunlight to grow, freshly-cut bamboo used to grow new ones are especially susceptible to sunlight, which can actually kill rather than cultivate them. That said, using plastic wrap to shield the bamboo from the harmful rays while still providing them some sunlight is the best way to do so.
How to Grow Bamboo from Cuttings (Step-By-Step Tutorial)
Soil It Up
First things first, you will need to get your soil ready in order to plant your bamboo in it. Place the soil into a medium-sized tray pan and spread it evenly around, making sure that they are well-distributed throughout.
Additionally, use the handle of a shovel or some other object to poke evenly-spaced holes throughout, as these will be where you plant the bamboo into.
Prepare the Rooting Hormone
Take a small sample of rooting hormone (no more than a couple of tablespoons) and transfer it into a small container. This is to prevent contamination from happening, that is if you were to directly dip the bamboo into the jar containing it in the first place.
Cut the Bamboo
Being careful, use a sharp knife to cut the bamboo into pieces exceeding no more than a foot (12 inches). A rule of thumb is to cut pieces with at least two nodes (i.e. sections) of the bamboo cane.In addition, cut at a 45-degree angle for easier access to the center of the plant, for you will be water it from the inside.
Dip the Cuttings in Wax and Rooting Hormone
Soften the wax and then dip the open end of the bamboo cuttings into it before dipping the other open end of it into the rooting hormone. As previously mentioned, the wax with prevent the end (which will be the top) from drying out when exposed to the air; the other end with the rooting hormone is to be planted directly into the soil.
Plant the Bamboo Cuttings into the Soil
Taking the end with the rooting soil, plant it into the soil, into the hole that you had previously made using the handle of a shovel. Pack in the soil firmly, making sure that there are no air pockets to be seen; doing so will help the bamboo receive the adequate nutrients from watering, as well as prevent the risk of it from drying out from air flow into the system.
Water the Bamboo
There are two steps to this method. The first step is to water the bamboo from within: that said, pour water into the hollow center of the plant, filling it up all of the ways.
The next step is to water the soil itself, as means of stimulating growth from the roots with the nutrients from the earth. However, the bamboo cuttings only need a light sprinkling, so all you need to do is to use a spray bottle to target the soil, spraying it until it is just damp to the touch.
Cover the Cuttings with Plastic Wrap
As mentioned in the items section, you will need to protect your freshly-cut bamboo from overexposure to the sun, as initially it is weak and will be destroy from too much sun.
With that said, covering the tops of the bamboo with plastic wrap mitigates the intensity of the sunlight, while also allowing some sun to come in and stimulate growth for the soon-to-be-budding plants.
Transfer to a Different Place for Growing
Make sure that you remove the plastic wrap at least once a day for a short period of time to allow the bamboo to get some fresh air, as it can be stifling underneath the covers from time to time.
Given a few days or a few weeks, you will start to notice roots growing from underneath the soil. As soon as you see them, you are free to dig them out and transfer them to another site to be planted, whether indoors or outdoors, to finish up the growing process.
While it might seem daunting at first to grow bamboo plants from their original cuttings, it actually is not that hard to do. As long as you have the essential components of water and soil, along with rooting hormone, planting and cultivating your own bamboo garden should be a piece of cake.