Mention “Bamboo” and you will get a varying array of responses. Anyone who has ever had to dig out
unwanted Bamboo will scowl and cuss at the very mention of it. Yet, anyone who has ever had the opportunity
to spend time in a Bamboo garden will fondly recall the sheer beauty and tranquility that it has to offer.
Bamboo is a remarkable resource that, when used properly, offers many possibilities in the home garden.
Need a quick screen? Want to create a windbreak? Like to add subtle noise to your garden? Have a hill that
has erosion problems? Need some shoots to harvest for your next stir-fry? Bamboo provides solutions to all of
There are many myths to Bamboo that, unfortunately, lead to its bad reputation. A truly beautiful plant that is
tough, resilient and easy to care for, Bamboo deserves to be used more in the home landscape. There are over
1200 species of Bamboo throughout the world, ranging from small, grass-like ground covers to 90-foot tall
timbers so there is certain to be one to suit your needs. This guide will take you through the care and culture of
successfully growing Bamboo in your landscape and, hopefully, aid in putting some of these myths to rest.
Before delving into Bamboo care and culture there are a few terms related to Bamboo that one should be
This is the “stalk” of the Bamboo. Usually hollow, except at the nodes, culms do not thicken
but emerge from the ground at their final girth.
The solid, swelling ring on the culm where branches originate.
The area of the culm between nodes.
A pronounced groove throughout the length of an internode caused by the presence of a
developing branch bud at the base of the internode, grooving the culm as it elongates.
Emerging from the nodes on alternate sides, branches are usually formed from a single bud.
The protective wrapping around newly forming culms. They