Sunday, 3 May 2020

Planting bamboo through the seasons

Planting bamboo can be performed in any season. Here is a brief discussion of each of the seasons. 

Winter
We are just about to head into winter. A popular question we get is "can bamboo be planted in Winter". The answer is Yes. Bamboo loves water. If you plant bamboo in winter then it has time to develop a strong root system. 

Don't really expect too much growth during winter but it is getting ready for the warmer months.  However, this is not necessarily the rule. Some bamboo has been known to grow during winter in some suburbs. 

Spring
Planting in spring is great for everyone (including the plant). The weather is getting warmer and it is a great time to be outside. Don't forget bamboo loves water so now is a good time to feed and mulch your plants.

Summer
If bamboo is planted prior to summer and has a strong root system then this is the time Bamboo will thrive and create new shoots. Keep up your watering and new culms will appear. In Melbourne, culms will appear in Spring and Summer. If planting in Summer then keep an eye on your new plant as it will probably need watering on a regular basis.

Autumn
Autumn is a great time to plant bamboo. The ground would still be warm from summer and new shoots will emerge. Keep your bamboo moist and mulched.

Most bamboo will tolerate Victoria's frosty winters. If you live in a particularly frosty area and you have chosen a more vulnerable bamboo (like Ghost bamboo) then there are products on the market that may help. Agrobest has a product called Envy.  This product forms a semi permeable, biodegradable film which protect plants from climate extremes.

In short, bamboo prefers the warmer months but will not die off during the colder months. This is the time that they will build a strong structure underground.

Take advantage of Bamboo Creations winter sales.
Bamboo Creations have sales during winter. If you purchase one of our plants during winter but find it too cold to be outside then it can stay in its pot temporarily. 

Don't forget we have over 17 years of experience in Bamboo and would love the opportunity to give you some of our knowledge. Please give us a call, come to our nursery or meet us at one of our markets or expos.

Happy planting.

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