A few types of bamboo can tolerate indoor conditions, though most prefer to be grown outside. Indoor bamboo takes extra TLC, but once you get the knack for growing the plant, it can be the center attraction in your houseplant world.
Bamboo is very diverse; some species are airy and tall, others short and striking. The foliage ranges from a bold green to golden variegation. Bamboo needs as much light as possible when grown indoors. They do present challenges and often need to be rotated outside for a period of time to maintain good health. The margin of error is much more narrow for interior bamboo, however in areas of higher humidity, such as an atrium or greenhouse, bamboo will usually flourish.
Our standard three month guarantee is void for any bamboo that is grown indoors.
While we specialize in hardy clumping species, we boast a wide variety of bamboo types that can serve a multitude of purposes. Additionally, we have been at the forefront of introducing new and exciting species into the horticulture trade. From timber bamboo to cold-sensitive bamboo, we’re sure to have the bamboo best-suited to your needs and growing conditions.
Bamboo does not like the mostly dry air typical of indoor environments, using a spray bottle a few times per week to wet the foliage will create more moisture in the air.
Because air can get stale and stagnant indoors, a small oscillating fan will mimic the breeze of the outdoors. Leaving it on a low setting for a few hours a week is plenty. It will also help to create more humidity around the bamboo when used with the spray bottle.An over-watered bamboo is just as easily killed as an under-watered bamboo. To keep things simple use a water meter to check the moisture level. It should have three basic settings, you want to try and keep the moisture level in the middle range. Make sure you are taking the reading from 4-6 inches below the surface of soil. Do not ever let it dry out for an extended period of time (more than 3-5 days). The goal is to keep the soil from staying soggy or desert dry. Mature bamboos may need more water as there will be more roots and less soil to retain moisture in the pot. Eventually dividing the plant or transplanting into a larger pot will be necessary. Fertilizing with a high-nitrogen slow release formula in the spring ensures the bamboo is getting proper nutrients. Apply according to the manufactures dosage and pot size.
Over time, bamboo will look best if pruned, cutting out older canes at soil level or removing heavy branches will make for the best looking plant- it's just like a hair cut!In conclusion the early observation of stress, usually curled leaves, can help prevent the demise of your plant. Some yellowing of the foliage is normal especially during the Spring and Fall.