The Q&A Archives: Taking Bamboo Outside

Question: I have a bamboo plant and its getting big. I would like to know if I could transplant it outside. I also have a sunflower and that's getting big. Can it transplanted outside?

Answer: Your bamboo plant may not be hardy outdoors in your growing region so you may want to divide the plant and keep only a small part to grow indoors. Bamboo is like a giant grass. It grows but underground rhizomes. You should be able to unpot the plant and slice the roots into smaller pieces, each piece with some roots and stems attached. Choose the smallest division to repot and grow indoors and give the others away to gardening friends. Sunflowers are annual plants so yours will die at the end of the summer season. Rather than transplant it outdoors, why not just enjoy it until it dies off on its own? Or, take it out and leave it in its pot but place it on a deck or patio until it dies.

Best wishes with your plants!

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