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Question: Someone dug up outdoor bamboo and gave them to me to replant. I watered everyday. The leaves became brown on two of the`four plants. They look like they are dying. The other two look like they are still alive but, not looking real good. Any advice? Thanks

Answer: If you think of bamboo as just an overgrown grass, you'll understand why they need lots of water and frequent fertilizing, just like a lawn. It takes them a while to become established but once they do, they really take off. I think if you are patient with the new plants, and water once or twice a week (not everyday - that will suffocate the roots!) the bamboo should root without problem. While they are small, think about how you are going to contain the roots as they grow large. Bamboo is either running or clumping. Clumping types are easy to control but running types can overtake a yard with underground roots so you need to place barriers around the growing spot so running bamboo cannot get out of control. Best wishes with your bamboo!

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