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  Greentop - Bamboo for Interiors



Bamboos are very adaptable to either low or bright light conditions. When bright light conditions are present, bamboo will grow more vigorously. When low light is prevalent, bamboo grows less vigorously. Leaf drop will occur in low light conditions to balance the amount of foliage with available light.

We can acclimate bamboo for low light interior landscapes by growing the plants for 3-6 months in specific low light settings. In this manner, the bamboo drops leaves proportionally to the exact interior light condition. We are available for consultation to assist in low light acclimation specifications

There are two types of bamboo – plants that migrate on a running root system and clumping types that multiply upon the outside margin of the plant. Running bamboo becomes pot bound in 1-2 years. The root system rapidly fills the pot and takes up the air space or water holding space in the soil. More frequent watering is required for pot bound plants. Plan to repot every 12-15 months.

Bamboo with clumping root systems are good choices for interiors because they do not become rapidly pot bound as do running bamboo. Bambusa multiplex species are recommended tropical clumping bamboo. Plan to repot in 18-30 months.

We have developed our ‘Green Grow’ system for direct soil planting of either running or clumping bamboo. The ‘Green Grow’ bags allow water and nutrients to penetrate from the planting area and require lower maintenance, improving the longevity of bamboo.

Watering requirements vary with temperatures, available light, the season of the year and the type of bamboo. The most important factor in understanding water needs is to understand the condition of the root system. The longer it has been in the pot the more frequently it needs to be watered.

Bamboo shows under-watering stress by curling its leaves inward to preserve moisture. To find out how often to water, start by watering daily then watering every 2 days or 3 days until you understand the stress level of your bamboo.

Bamboo is susceptible to insect infestations as are all indoor plants. Treatment varies depending upon the insect. Consult your local nursery agent concerning the variety of chemical options available. Ultra-fine oil is an effective alternative to chemical insecticides. A thorough washing of the foliage with cold water is usually sufficient to control insect infestations; however, this is sometimes not a practical solution. We do not recommend the application of Safer Soap on bamboo as it burns the foliage.

GreentopSOIL MIX
When repotting or for direct planting, a well-drained soil mix is essential. We recommend Fafard 52 which comes in 3 cu. ft. bags that weigh 50 lbs. each.

Fertilizers are available in liquid or granular forms. Liquid fertilizers tend to build up salt levels in the soil with prolonged use. We recommend a slow release granular fertilizer. Scotts Osmocote High N (nitrogen) with micro-nutrients is an excellent fertilizer for bamboo. The high nitrogen formulation (22-4-8) gives bamboo what it wants – lots of nitrogen. Topdress the fertilizer on the bamboo and it will last 7-9 months depending on the temperature.