How to Transplant Bamboo Cuttings

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How to Transplant Bamboo Cuttings
Bamboo has many uses. (bamboo image by cyndi Claessens from

Bamboo is a species of large, treelike grass with hollow stems and small bladelike leaves. This hardy plant is highly adaptive and can grow in a wide variety of climates from tropical to temperate; some types of bamboo even can survive in below zero temperatures. The bamboo is a popular plant grown throughout the world, and is used as food, construction material for fences and gates, making furniture and for decorative items.

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Things you need

  • Shovel or spade
  • Knife or pruning shears
  • Water
  • Clay
  • Bamboo

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  1. 1

    Dig holes with a shovel or sharp spade for the bamboo cuttings. The holes should be deep enough that half the internode, the hollow section of the bamboo that is between the nodes or joints, is above the ground.

  2. 2

    Select bamboo cuttings. Choose bamboo that is not more than 3 years old and has tall stems, preferably over 30 feet in height, so you can take several cuttings.

  3. 3

    Use a knife or pruning shears to cut the bamboo. Take cuttings from the middle section of the stem. The cuttings should include 2 full internodes and ½ an internode.

  4. 4

    Plant cuttings in the holes. The cutting should have ½ of the internode above the ground. Place the clay around the cut edges of the top part of the bamboo to seal and keep it disinfected.

  5. 5

    Pour 2 cups of water on top of the bamboo cutting. Keep it watered regularly until the cutting develops roots and shoots at the nodes.

Tips and warnings

  • The best soil for growing bamboo is light and sandy loam.

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