How to Keep Bamboo Plants Alive

Written by chris waller
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How to Keep Bamboo Plants Alive
Bamboo plants are easy to care for. (bamboo image by Bube from

For someone who doesn't know much about gardening or indoor plants, learning how to care for your plants can be a trial and error process. Luckily, a bamboo plant is known for being one of the easiest plants to care for and can be a great starter project for those who want to become experts but do not want to waste time or money on plants that may end up dying without the proper care. Bamboo plants are relatively hands off and will be a great addition to any room in your home.

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Things you need

  • Bamboo plant
  • Vase or container for plant
  • Rocks or pebbles

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  1. 1

    Remove the string or ribbon surrounding your bamboo plant if one is present when your purchase it. Something tied around the plant will restrict it from growing and could kill it.

  2. 2

    Place the rocks or pebbles into the bottom of the container. Put the bamboo plant into the rocks to keep it upright with stability. Place the root side facing down into the rocks and the leafy part coming out of the top of the container.

  3. 3

    Fill your container with water up to an inch above the base of the plant. Do not use regular tap water for this purpose. According to the website Garden Guides, "regular tap water contains harmful chemicals that will damage or kill your plant. Bamboo does best in filtered water." For this reason, use natural bottled water or water that has gone through a filtration system. If you need to use tap water, let the water sit in a container for two or three days to allow the harmful chemicals to dissolve.

  4. 4

    Place your plant in an area with moderate natural lighting. Keep the plant out of direct sunlight to prevent sun damage. If the plant is placed in an area that is too dark, the plant may begin to wither and yellow. Keep your bamboo on a desk or table that receives partial sunlight throughout the day.

  5. 5

    Change the water completely every one to two weeks and keep the water level consistent. Bamboo plants need one to three inches of fresh water to survive. Stagnant water may cause bacteria or fungus that could be harmful to your plant.

  6. 6

    Add one or two drops of aquarium plant food to your plant's water once a month with a regular water change. Bamboo plants do not require regular sources of food, so make sure not to add more than a couple of drops each month to avoid overfeeding.

Tips and warnings

  • Bamboo plants can be harmful to pets. Be sure to keep cats and dogs from chewing the leaves.

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