Bamboo Plant Sizes

Mail order is 1 gallon, 2 gallon and 3 gallon plants ranging from 1′-6′ tall that are shipped via UPS or FedEx ground. Any of our larger sizes must be delivered via freight.


How many should I order?

When choosing how many divisions to plant it is a cost v/s time consideration. Recommended planting for screening applications are one bamboo every 5 linear feet. Under normal growing conditions, the screen should fill in 3-5 years. The larger your initial bamboo, the taller your screen will be during this time period. You cannot over plant bamboo. If an immediate impact is desired, you can plant them in closer proximity, even touching. You can also plant less, it will just take a longer duration to get the desired effect. Learning how bamboo grows will help you determine how many you need and what to expect from planting.

Plant Sizes




There are two basic sizes for mail order. The 2 gallon sizes which range from 2′-3′ tall and 3 gallon sizes which range from 4′ and taller depending on species. The root system is included in the height and 1-3 canes should be expected.









Typical 3 gallon plant sizes are 4’+ tall (including root system), with 1 to 3 canes depending upon species. They are removed from the pots and shrink wrapped with moisture enclosed. Bamboo is shipped via UPS in a 4′ tall box.









All of the mail order plants have been stabilized and containerized to provide you with the best possible plant. Be careful of nurseries who dig and ship plants without time to containerize or stabilize the bamboo. This usually has very poor results. We start with containerized plants like the 3 gallon size pictured.













Here is another great example of a 3 gallon size bamboo. Most bamboo species are flexible enough to be bent into a 4′ tall box. All bamboo is braced to reduce stress during shipping.  On many divisions if the cane is flexible enough, we bend them over and send you a taller plant. If the canes will not flex they must be topped to ship them. This does not hurt the bamboo as new canes will emerge each spring once the bamboo is established.










The plant is removed from the pots, carefully inspected and wrapped for shipping. We remove the plant from the container and add water, insulating layers, and plastic wrap to ensure your bamboo arrives healthy with a moist root ball.








We could ship like others, but our method of packaging that we started in 1995 and evolved is the best and has been copied by several of our competitors. Materials that we use inside and the secure plastic wrapping ensures your root mass will arrive moist and healthy.









Here are some pictures of 2 and 3 gallon plants that have been properly prepared for shipping. We take great care in packaging and over 99% of our UPS shipments arrive in excellent condition. We are prompt to correct mistakes made by UPS or FedEx.




Container Sizes

A fluid gallon and a nursery container gallon are very different. A standard 3 gallon nursery container measures 10.7 inches in width by 9.25 inches in height. A 3 gallon timber bamboo will be 4 to 6 feet in height with a root mass 8 to 10 inches long if grown in a 3 gallon container.

A standard 2 gallon size nursery container measures 8.5 inches wide by 8.5 inches in height. So your 2 gallon timber bamboo will typically be 3 to 4 feet in height with a root mass 6 to 8 inches long, 4 to 6 inches wide and 4 inches deep. Depending upon how long the bamboo has been containerized, the more it will retain the original shape of the container.

Since bamboo is a colony plant, more roots equates to more potential energy for new growth. Independent upon what stage root development, all plants are inspect for health and to insure there is not a tillering either. Your bamboo will be capable of providing healthy future growth.


Shipping Methods

We ship 5 days a week for your convenience. Below are 150+ boxes awaiting pick up. Each box contains one or multiple bamboos going to numerous states throughout the U.S. We have happy customers in all 50 states. Plants are typically shipped in two different box sizes. Our 3 gallon plants are shipped in a 8 x 10 x 48 inch tall box. These are shipped one 3 gallon per box. Our 2 gallon plants are shipped in 14 x 7 x 36 inch box. This box can accommodate multiple plants. We can often get more than one 2 gallon plant in a box because of the smaller size root ball. Our 2 gallon sizes are able to stack and are often arranged vertically on top of 3 gallon plants or other 2 gallons plants. They are secured to the other plant to prevent damage and provide safe transportation. A bamboo cane or canes are fixed to the root ball for bracing. During shipping if the box if flipped upside down, this cane will prevent the root ball from shifting and prevent plant damage. Canes can be removed when you receive the bamboo.  Below are photos of hundreds of carefully packaged bamboos waiting to be pick up by UPS & FedEx. When you order from us, there is no guess work as to what size bamboo you will receive and how your order is processed. We do our very best to demonstrate exactly what you will receive when you order bamboo from us. We hope your plants will arrive undamaged and to your satisfaction. Any shipment of live plants can be stressful for the plants and this is one of the reasons all our bamboo divisions are containerized and properly stabilized prior to shipping. We also take great care in our shipping process to insure that you get a great plant. Orders will ship via UPS or FedEx ground service. All our divisions are hardened and ready to be planted in your growing environment. 

Our Mail Order Warranty

If you are unhappy with the bamboo for any reason when it arrives or within the first 30 days please contact us and we will work out a solution. In cases such as damaged plants during shipping you can just email a photo. You can visit our policy page for more details. Lewis Bamboo, Inc. is a second generation company. We are a federal and state certified nursery specializing in only bamboo. We started shipping mail order bamboo divisions in 1995. Our family nursery has been growing bamboo at our farm since 1984. We are members of the Alabama Nursery and Landscapers Association along with the American Bamboo Society. Gayle Lewis has been a director and webmaster for the Southeast Bamboo Society.