Remember the bamboo canes on your existing division are through growing. Most all the growth now will be underground . Each Spring new canes will emerge taller and larger in diameter each year until mature size for your species and climate zone are reached.
The three numbers on fertilizers are important factors. The first number represents nitrogen. Nitrogen is the element for growth. The second number is phosphorus and it has to do with the transfer of carbohydrates. Carbs are essential for the bamboo to store nourishment in the rhizomes. The last number represents potassium and is necessary for photosynthesis. This is very important for the plant’s metabolism. Extra amounts of this element helps the bamboo to withstand drought, heat and cold.
We offer a special time release fertilizer with the addition of bamboo biochar. The biochar acts like a sponge in the ground allowing the nutrients and water to be available at a more absorbable rate for the bamboo. We recommend adding 3 ounces of our fertilizer per plant, twice a year. Once during the spring to encourage new growth and then again during the growing season to replace any nutrients being depleted. Addition of organics can be very beneficial to your plantings too. This is accomplished by adding mulch (like bark, leaves, hay, grass clipping, etc.) and compost to your bamboo. This will help retain nutrients while amending your soil.
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