When you receive your bamboo, it should still have a moist root ball. The leaves should be green (during the Spring leaf exchange will occur so some brown leaves will be present the weeks prior to new leaves forming ). Handle your bamboo by the root ball only. Remove all packing material (tape and paper) from around the plant, being careful not to damage the root ball or any new shoots. If new shoots or foliage is broken, not to worry, the bamboo will replace these. Please plant or pot the bamboo as soon as possible. Do not let the plant dry out before planting. Do not divide your new bamboo divisions. This will void your 30 day warranty and will not accelerate the bamboo growth, but will actually set your growth back. You may place the root ball in a few inches of water (do not cover the entire root ball) for a few hours before planting. If you cannot plant the bamboo within a day or two, just open the wrapping on the top of each root ball. Add 1 cup of water every two days until you can plant them. Provide plenty of light, but keep out of the direct sun so the root ball will not dry out completely until planted.
With bamboo, dig the hole at least three times the size of the root ball. The larger the area of soil you loosen up, the faster the bamboo will spread. Back fill your holes with good topsoil mixed with some composted material such as composted manure
that any Gardening center sells. We also have BioSoil
available for the perfect bamboo planting mixture.
Make a doughnut depression to help keep the water around the plant. Always mulch to help retain the moisture between watering. Also, this will help protect the rhizomes in colder regions. We prefer leaves or grass clippings as most bark mulch attracts voles ( mice like rodents) and can damage new canes. Once again, mulch, mulch, you have to mulch to hold the water in and prevent evaporation. Here in warm climate zone 7, we mulch 6 to 8 inches. In colder zones mulch more than 8 inches for the up coming winter.