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What is the growth pattern for bamboo?

 

Bamboo is different from most plants, in that it is genetically programmed to grow to a specific height and no taller. A new bamboo culm (cane) shoots in the spring, reaches its full height over the next two to three months, and then never grows any taller. A culm lives for seven to fifteen years, depending on the species, regularly replacing its leaves (bamboo are evergreen) and then dies, but by then many new culms will have sprouted to replace it. It may take a new bamboo grove five years or more to gain the root mass and energy needed to reach its maximum height but thereafter it will not exceed that height.
The bamboos include the fastest growing plants in the world, gaining as much as 36 to 47 inches a day in an optimum climate (such as China and Japan). Our climate isn’t perfect but it is quite good for most temperate bamboos, and some species can grow a foot on a warm summer day in the Victoria area provided they are watered and fed well.
Generally bamboo shoots and grows vertically in the spring and early summer, stops vertical growth and puts out side branches and leaves mid and late summer, collects energy and grows underground rhizomes and roots in the late summer and autumn and then waits, staying dormant over the winter until the soil warms in the spring when the cycle begins again.

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How do you kill bamboo (intentionally or accidentally)?

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How do you grow bamboo in containers and pots?

While some species do much better than others in pots, most bamboo See More...
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Recommended bamboos for specific situations:

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Is bamboo difficult to grow?

If you can manage a lawn you can grow bamboo. Both are grasses and both will thrive in our climate See More...

Will bamboo spread uncontrollably?

Clumping bamboo species will not spread and are generally low maintenance plants. See More...

Bamboo Barriers?

Fast growing, spreading bamboos are useful for producing a lush, tropical effect and high vertical screens quickly See More...

What’s the best planting method?

Dig a hole twice as large as the pot containing the bamboo. If the excavated soil See More...

What’s the best spacing for bamboo screens or hedges?

The majority of our customers buy bamboo for hedging and it makes an excellent screen for a number of reasons See More...

Selecting the right bamboo variety for your landscape:

Different bamboo species have evolved to live in different environments See More...