The Q&A Archives: Bissett Bamboo

Question: What are the steps to planting Bisset Bamboo?

Answer: Your retailer may provide planting instructions that should be followed if there is a warranty involved. However, generally speaking, bamboos including Phyllostachys bissetti grow well in full sun with average or better soil that is evenly moist but well drained. The planting hole should be several times wider than the container and about as deep. Loosen the soil and then set the rootball in the hole. It should sit at the same depth as it was in the container. Firm the soil around it and water to settle any air pockets. Mulch over the disturbed area with an organic mulch several inches deep. Keep the soil evenly moist this summer. To know if you need to water, dig into the soil with your finger. If it is still moist, do not water yet. It is better to water less often but deeply (instead of a daily sprinkling) so it soaks down and encourages deep rooting. In the late fall, mulch heavily over the root area. Bamboo usually takes several years to recover from being transplanted but once it does the growth is exponential. I should mention this is a running bamboo so you will need to plan ahead for how to contain the roots. You can plant this in a large open lawn area and then mow around the clump to nip off new shoots, or you will need to use a root barrier of some kind. Enjoy your new bamboo!

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