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Growing Bamboo for Commercial Use

Updated March 23, 2017

Bamboo is an attractive, fast-growing and relatively easily maintained plant, making it perfect for commercial use. Bamboo is used commercially to augment gardens and landscape designs, construct furniture and flooring, and elaborate floral designs used in themed hotels, sushi restaurants and other event staging areas.

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Bamboo grown for commercial use takes more care and cultivation than that grown for pleasure or residential gardens, where the plants may be left to grow in riotous, plentiful stands.

  1. Determine the type of bamboo that may be grown in a specified geographical location by reading bamboo shoot labels or online commercial bamboo retail store manuals. Some bamboo grown for commercial use requires plenty of sun and high temperatures, while others flourish in more moderate climates.

  2. Also, decide whether "clumping" or "spreading" bamboo types are preferred, depending on the availability of space. Commercial clumping bamboos require less room for growth, while spreading bamboos may extend several yards within a year.

  3. Plant the commercial bamboo. Dig a hole twice as wide as the container holding the bamboo to be planted and just as deep. Line the cavity with a compost-soil mixture, carefully insert the bamboo transplant and then water.

  4. Create or maintain relationships with clients. Commercial bamboo growers should have a network of client resources, depending on the type of bamboo grown and its intended purpose. Florists, hotel managers, special events coordinators, manufacturers, nurseries and zoos may all be potential clients. Keep clients posted as the bamboo grows, identifying ideal times for commercial transplanting, harvest or sale.

  5. Tip

    Commercial bamboo is relatively hardy, thriving even in poor-quality soil. In most cases, it's not necessary to add fertiliser or manure to the soil when planting. Spreading bamboo can be controlled using several methods. Water bodies, such as streams or ponds, will discourage commercial bamboo from spreading. Carefully mowing around bamboo plants also discourages unwanted spreading.


    When transplanting commercial bamboo shoots, take care not to damage its fragile shoots. The bamboo stem is quite strong, but the tender shoots can be jeopardised if damaged during the process.

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Things You'll Need

  • Soil
  • Water
  • Gardening tools
  • Bamboo transplants
  • Compost
  • Business contacts

About the Author

Morgan Rush is a California journalist specializing in news, business writing, fitness and travel. He's written for numerous publications at the national, state and local level, including newspapers, magazines and websites. Rush holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, San Diego.

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