Soil Warming CablesIf you live in a colder climate planting above ground may not be an option, however you can install soil warming cables that will prevent your bamboo from dying at sub-freezing temperatures. You can find these at most gardening stores or on Amazon, just click here.
Proper soil composition is crucial as it allows for proper drainage and optimal levels of nutrients.
Recommended Commercial Potting Mixes:
Most major retailers like Lowe’s, Home Depot, etc. have local providers of top soil and composted manure. These can usually be found in 50lb or .75-2 cubic feet bags. Mixing 20% composted manure is recommended for long term nutrient supply and the addition of beneficial bacteria to the mixture. Any variety of composted manure is acceptable. Always use composted manure and not fresh manure. The variety of manure is not critical but it has to be properly composted. Next is the Biochar. Biochar acts like a sponge in the soil allowing for proper nutrient absorption. Biochar can be added at a 5% or greater rate for best results.
Watering• Water well and keep a check on the soil and allow it to dry out a little between watering cycles. • Mist leaves. Bamboo likes high ambient moisture conditions. Misting foliage will help counteract a dry environment. (Like Indoors)
• As much natural light as possible, does not have to be direct sunlight. Greater amounts of sunlight can produce greater amounts of foliage.
• For best results, fertilize twice a year. Early spring to encourage new growth and then again during the middle of the growing season to replace any nutrients that are being depleted. Over 20+ years of growing has allowed us to see very impressive growth when using a proper fertilizing regime.
• 18-5-12 Time Release Fertilizer, or comparable.
• 6 ounces per cubic foot when incorporating with soil.
Recommended application rates
• 10 ounces per planting when topdressing.