DIY GUIDE ON HOW TO PLANT CLUMPING BAMBOO
Bamboo plants can make a wonderful addition and add a fresh, new appearance to any home, landscape or garden. As clumping bamboo is much more preferable over running bamboo, which can become quite invasive, it is quickly becoming a favorite woody grass for gardeners around the world. So, here’s a quick DIY guide on how to plant clumping bamboo.
Clumping bamboo plants can be used for many purposes. Among the most popular are fences, living screens, landscape appeal and more. In addition, the canes produced by bamboo plants are world renowned for their applications in making crafts, wood products, flooring, furniture and so forth. In fact, the possibilities are nearly endless. As a final bonus, the shoots produced by these unique grasses are also edible and a great source of nutrition.
4 Questions You Need To Answer BEFORE Installing Your Clumping Bamboo Plants
Perhaps, the most important question that you must answer before you even order your bamboo plants is: What is the purpose of installing bamboo? Answering this first question will have a large impact on how you answer the following 4 questions. For example, adding a few well spaced bamboo plants to your landscape for aesthetic purposes can have a big effect on what variety of bamboo to choose. Likewise, if you are planning to create a green privacy screen, then you want to choose a bamboo variety that is good for screening, as well as meets your space requirements. After you have determined what it is that you want to achieve by installing clumping bamboo plants, then you can begin by answering the following questions.
1. WHAT VARIETY OF BAMBOO DO YOU WISH TO PLANT?
The first step in determining what type of bamboo you should plant is finding out which varieties will do well in your region. With over 1,400 varieties available, you can easily find a number of options that will do well where you live.
Different bamboo varieties have vastly different requirements. Some may do well in colder regions, while others cannot survive outside of a tropical or sub-tropical climate. Some bamboo plants are also more well known for their screening abilities, attractive looks or even their cold hardiness. So, it is important to ensure that you choose a variety suitable to where you live and your purpose.
2. WHAT ARE THE WATER REQUIREMENTS FOR YOUR BAMBOO?
Bamboo plants are widely known for being very thirsty. Ensuring that you can meet their water requirements is especially important for young plants, even varieties that are known for being more drought tolerant. Young bamboo plants are thirstiest of all as they need this vital nutrient in order to grow and establish themselves.
Once bamboo plants are well established in the ground, they tend to be much more hardy and tolerant of cool temperatures, drought, winds and other environmental factors. However, it is important to note that bamboo does not respond well to overwatering, boggy conditions or wet feet. For those who don’t have time to personally water their plants everyday, a simple solution is to set up drip irrigation line or environmentally-friendly water recycling system.
3. WHAT ARE THE SUNLIGHT REQUIREMENTS OF THIS BAMBOO PLANT?
While it may not seem like a major factor, knowing and providing the appropriate amount of sunlight that your bamboo plant needs can have a huge impact on the growth and survival of your plants. There is not really a one size fits all recommendation for the sunlight requirements of bamboo. Instead, determining how much sunlight is needed depends on the variety of bamboo you choose.
Many smaller varieties of bamboo do not require as much light, and may actually prefer partial shade (especially during the hottest part of the day). In general, the larger the variety of bamboo is, the more sunlight it will require. These larger bamboo varieties, including many giant bamboos, tend to require a minimum of 5 or more hours daily of direct, full sunlight.
4. HOW MUCH SPACE DO YOU NEED?
Space requirements are also another important consideration that you must make in order to determine which bamboo variety best suits your needs. Unlike running bamboo, clumping bamboo plants do not stray very far from where they are planted and grow in circular clumps. In fact, many varieties are known as tight or compact clumpers. The biggest factor in determining how much space you need is your purpose for planting bamboo.
The diameter of clumping bamboo plants can vary anywhere between 4 feet and 16 feet or more. If you’re looking for an ornamental centerpiece or creating a living green screen for your yard, then it may be desirable for your bamboo plant to have a wide diameter. Likewise, if you would like to create a bamboo privacy screen, but are restricted in how much space you have – you can also find a number of varieties that are compact and have a very small footprint. This is why it is important to know how much space you have and how much space your bamboo plants will need.