Florida Soil Thoughts
Bamboo After Care
How To Control A Bamboo
Bamboo Health Issues
Planting a Bamboo
Think carefully about location and what bamboo you
select. Bamboo grow and can fill up a space more than you may realize. Check
for overhead wires. Avoid planting close to a building. Wear goggles or
glasses to avoid getting poked in the eye by a small branch. For a screening
bamboo I recommend planting about five to seven feet apart. If a screen is
needed quickly plant the bamboo three or four feet apart. If the bamboo will
not be planted immediately store in semishade and water frequently. Our
running bamboo tolerate extreme cold weather, below zero. Most of our
clumping bamboo are just fine with temperatures down to 15 degree
Soak the bamboo in the pot for fifteen minutes prior to planting. Add a
small handful of some fertilizer in the soak water. A basic 10 10 10
fertilizer would work well or Miracle Grow. When taking a bamboo out of the
pot you may notice a thick mat of circling roots. Loosen these up or even
cut them so as to encourage the roots to grow outward into your large
excellent planting hole.
Good Soil Method If the location has decent soil then dig a planting
hole at least twice times the width of the container in came in and twice as
deep. What you are doing is creating a large container in the ground minus
the plastic pot. Plant the bamboo with one forty pound bag of composted cow
manure or the like, plus fertilizer. Mix the ingredients and some of the
existing soil together with a shovel or fork. Plant the bamboo at the same
level as it was in the pot. Step the soil down around the plant then water
in deeply. Shape a rim around the hole to hold water. Mulch the dug up area
with pine bark, leaves, pine straw or a similar material. Water twice a week
for three months unless you have sufficient rain.
Poor Soil Method Chances are your soil is sandy so you need to do more.
Again create a large hole. Bigger is better and will definitely yield faster
growth and a quicker screen. The hole should be three times as wide as the
pot and twice as deep. If tree roots are encountered no need to prune them
away. Dig around and under when possible. The hole doesn't have to look
pretty or circular. Put in the hole a 25 pound bag of kitty liter, four(4)
forty(40) pound bags of composted cow manure or a similar organic product
and several handfuls of slow release fertilizer. Mix every thing together.
Mix in some of your existing soil. Plant the bamboo, step the soil down
around the plant to firm it up and water in deeply. What I mean by that is
place a sprinkler close to the bamboo and let it run for at least 30
minutes. Irrigation systems seldom provide a newly planted bamboo sufficient
water for maximum growth. The inexpensive round plastic sprinkler heads work
well in watering your plant. Adjust the water pressure so the circle of
water only hits the area close to where it was planted.
Substitution of these materials is fine but remember to greatly over do it.
Use your existing compose pile, horse, cow or other manure is just as good
if readily available. Ground up yard debris at most Florida land fills is
largely decomposed and good to use. Grass clipping are terrific. Used kitty
liter has built in fertilizer. I myself would then were gloves when
handling. Peat moss, soil moist crystals, decomposed bark, other wood chips
could all be used. Grass clippings are a form of slow release fertilizer.