How to Plant Bamboo Outside

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How to Plant Bamboo Outside
Bamboo is a popular choice for shade and privacy. (Art Wolfe/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Bamboo, depending on the variety, can grow has tall as 8 feet. It also spreads and grows quickly, making it a desirable choice for privacy and shade in outdoor gardens. Bamboo spreads underground from a root system called rhizomes. Rhizomes spread underground and upward to form another shoot. If you plan on growing a screen, rhizome growth should be controlled. This is done using a rhizome barrier.

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Things you need

  • Rhizome barrier
  • Bamboo shoots

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  1. 1

    Choose the placement of your bamboo that will receive at least five hours of sun daily.

  2. 2

    Install a high-density polyethylene plastic (HDPE) sheet at least 30 inches high as a rhizome barrier. Dig a trench around the area. Place the sheet in the trench. Allow 1 inch of the sheet to rise above the ground. Pack the soil tightly against and around the barrier.

  3. 3

    Plant the shoots inside the barrier in even distances from each other. The rhizomes should be 1 to 2 inches in the soil.

  4. 4

    Spread at least 2 inches of mulch around the shoots. Water the roots twice a week during mild weather and once a day during hot weather to encourage new growth. Give the bamboo enough water so that the soil becomes moist. Do not flood the bamboo.

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