Bamboos are a whole subfamily of grasses whose scientific name is Bambusoideae. These are high-growth plants, which can reach up to more than 20 meters in ideal conditions but can also be grown in much smaller spaces thanks to their great ability to adapt.
If you want to learn more about the bamboo care in a pot and the care of bamboo outdoors, join us in this EcologíaVerde article in which you will see a practical guide on how to take care of a bambooone of the most emblematic plants of Chinese origin.
location for bamboo
Bamboo forms a rhizome from which its stems grow, and it is important to note that in most species, it is a very invasive plant. Its roots are very strong and can penetrate even brick and ceramic. For this reason, before planting in the ground, it is important to look for a suitable location for bamboo and, if necessary, prepare resistant and low-cost polypropylene root barriers.
In terms of light, this plant appreciates the direct light when the environment is moist enough, but many of its species can tolerate shade very well, so the decorating with bamboo plants indoors it is quite popular.
These plants require a lot of humidity, so it is very important that they receive a abundant and regular watering, although always without flooding its roots. With your bamboo outdoors or in a pot, always water moistening without letting the soil dry out but without flooding.
Here you can learn more about When to water the plants.
Soil or substrate for bamboo
Bamboo needs loose soils that offer a good drainage and be rich in organic matter. The bamboo on earth or ground It must be located in an area that meets these characteristics, providing, if necessary, an adequate mixture of land before planting. In a pot, a mixture of peat moss, coconut fiber and earthworm humus will give excellent results.
We encourage you to learn more with this other guide on How to plant bamboo.
Due to its rapid growth, bamboo needs a regular supply of organic matter. You can use organic fertilizers, such as earthworm humus or others made at home, especially in spring and summer.
Here we tell you How to make earthworm humus and How to make homemade organic fertilizers.
All bamboos flourish, but its flowering takes between 35 and 120 years to occur according to the species, so it is very common to think that they do not give flowers. This flowering, in addition, consumes so much energy from the plant that it usually does not manage to recover after it and ends up drying up.
A very curious fact about the bamboo floweringis that all the plants of the same species bloom simultaneously throughout the world, regardless of the climate or where they are, a phenomenon for which there is still no firm explanation.
Bamboo pests and diseases
Bamboo is not particularly vulnerable to any specific pest or disease, thus affecting the most common ones, such as aphid, red spider, rust and powdery mildew. They can be treated in the bamboo in the usual way, ecological remedies and prevention being preferable.
Here you can learn Home remedies for aphids on plants, How to remove red spider mite from plants and How to combat powdery mildew with home remedies.
How to take care of a bamboo when it turns yellow
Bamboo is an evergreen plant that, like the others of this type, constantly renews its leaves. When this happens, some of its old leaves are allowed to dry out so that the new shoots can receive nutrients, so it is normal to occasionally see gradually yellowing leaves on the plant. In spring, during its fastest growing season, it is common to see more Yellow sheets due to the growth of new
However, if there are many yellow or falling leaves, it may be due to iron chlorosis due to too acidic soil, or a lack of nitrogen in the substrate, it is necessary to apply an ecological fertilizer, such as humus. We recommend this other post about why yellow leaves appear on plants and solutions.
How to care for a lucky bamboo
The lucky bamboo receives its name from the appearance of its stems, which look like bamboo canes, although it is really the senderiana dracaena, a plant of the family Agavaceae, like the trunk of Brazil. It is common to grow this bamboo in water with some substrate indoors. These are the basic lucky bamboo care:
- Light: well-lit area but without direct exposure. Shade tolerant. A lucky bamboo with white leaves will mean that it needs more light.
- Temperature: between 18 ºC and 24 ºC preferably, although it supports a greater range.
- Irrigation: in a container with water, it is important to change it weekly in the cold months and fortnightly in the warm ones.
- Humidity: it needs water sprayed on its leaves every 72 hours in warm months.
- Water: both irrigation and vaporization, always without chlorine.
- Pruning: you can cut the roots of the lucky bamboo as well as the stem when they get too big.
Here we show you more about everything you need to know about lucky bamboo. Also, below you can see our bamboo care video guide.
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