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Chusquea spp. Plant Care Reminders

Chusquea bamboo

General Information

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Plant Care Instructions By Ken Andersen

Bamboo generally like soils rich in organic material, and with good drainage. Be generous with "planting mixes" when you first plant them out. Most will grow "well" in hard packed clay soils, or even decomposed granite, but they will generally grow faster and look better if the soil has been amended when planted. A fertilizing program with a high nitrogen plant food will encourage larger foliage, and faster growth. Generally a good application around the plant about every 2 to 3 months starting in spring will keep them looking great. There's not a lot of need to feed them after September as the weather cools.

Is Indoor Plant?

No

These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones :22, 23, 24
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Plant Care Instruction

  • Scroll down or click on any month for plant care instructions
    • January
    • February
    • March
    • April
    • May
    • June
    • July
    • August
    • September
    • October
    • November
    • December
    January
    1. Buy

    Bamboo is available at our San Diego nursery all year. Call for availability: San Diego (619) 224-8271.
    2. Water

    Once established, a good deep watering every 3 to 4 weeks is usually fine. If we have a ‘wet winter’ they may do well with no additional water during the cooler months.
    3. Mulch

    Keep bamboo with a nice layer of mulch to control evaporation and keep the soil moist. We recommend a nice \'mat\' when first planting, after that the plants will drop a nice amount of foliage all year, which makes a great mulch, which also helps reduce weeds.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check ever few months for insects. Some varieties can get a type of scale, and some can get mealy bugs. Neither is a really bad situation, but if it\'s not controlled it can turn the foliage black, and it doesn\'t look as nice. If you see insects bring a sample into the nursery to make sure you use the right product.
    February
    1. Buy

    Bamboo is available at our San Diego nursery all year. Call for availability: San Diego (619) 224-8271.
    2. Water

    Once established, a good deep watering every 3 to 4 weeks is usually fine. If we have a ‘wet winter’ they may do well with no additional water during the cooler months.
    3. Mulch

    Keep bamboo with a nice layer of mulch to control evaporation and keep the soil moist. We recommend a nice \'mat\' when first planting, after that the plants will drop a nice amount of foliage all year, which makes a great mulch, which also helps reduce weeds.
    March
    1. Buy

    Bamboo is available at our San Diego nursery all year. Call for availability: San Diego (619) 224-8271.
    2. Plant

    Bamboo can be planted anytime of year in most of southern California, with the best time to plant from March to October when the weather is warm. Plants will start growing more quickly if you plant at this time. Bamboo generally like soils rich in organic material, and with good drainage. Be generous with ‘planting mixes’ when you first plant them out. Most will grow ‘well’ in hard packed clay soils, or even decomposed granite, but they will generally grow faster and look better if the soil has been amended when planted. To get the new plants off to a good start, keeping the soil moist is important. If it is warm, probably a good watering about 2 times a week at first.
    3. Fertilize

    A fertilizing program with a high nitrogen plant food will encourage larger foliage, and faster growth. Generally a good application around the plant about every 2 to 3 months starting in spring will keep them looking great. There\'s not a lot of need to feed them after September as the weather cools.
    4. Water

    Once established, a good deep watering every 3 to 4 weeks is usually fine. If we have a ‘wet winter’ they may do well with no additional water during the cooler months.
    5. Mulch

    Keep bamboo with a nice layer of mulch to control evaporation and keep the soil moist. We recommend a nice \'mat\' when first planting, after that the plants will drop a nice amount of foliage all year, which makes a great mulch, which also helps reduce weeds.
    April
    1. Buy

    Bamboo is available at our San Diego nursery all year. Call for availability: San Diego (619) 224-8271.
    2. Plant

    Bamboo can be planted anytime of year in most of southern California, with the best time to plant from March to October when the weather is warm. Plants will start growing more quickly if you plant at this time. Bamboo generally like soils rich in organic material, and with good drainage. Be generous with ‘planting mixes’ when you first plant them out. Most will grow ‘well’ in hard packed clay soils, or even decomposed granite, but they will generally grow faster and look better if the soil has been amended when planted. To get the new plants off to a good start, keeping the soil moist is important. If it is warm, probably a good watering about 2 times a week at first.
    3. Water

    Once established, a good deep watering every 3 to 4 weeks is usually fine. If we have a ‘wet winter’ they may do well with no additional water during the cooler months.
    4. Prune

    Pruning should be done mostly when it\'s warm, this is when they send up the new culms, simply cut the culm a the height you want. If a culm shoots up \'off season\' you can cut it anyway.
    5. Mulch

    Keep bamboo with a nice layer of mulch to control evaporation and keep the soil moist. We recommend a nice \'mat\' when first planting, after that the plants will drop a nice amount of foliage all year, which makes a great mulch, which also helps reduce weeds.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check ever few months for insects. Some varieties can get a type of scale, and some can get mealy bugs. Neither is a really bad situation, but if it\'s not controlled it can turn the foliage black, and it doesn\'t look as nice. If you see insects bring a sample into the nursery to make sure you use the right product.
    May
    1. Buy

    Bamboo is available at our San Diego nursery all year. Call for availability: San Diego (619) 224-8271.
    2. Plant

    Bamboo can be planted anytime of year in most of southern California, with the best time to plant from March to October when the weather is warm. Plants will start growing more quickly if you plant at this time. Bamboo generally like soils rich in organic material, and with good drainage. Be generous with ‘planting mixes’ when you first plant them out. Most will grow ‘well’ in hard packed clay soils, or even decomposed granite, but they will generally grow faster and look better if the soil has been amended when planted. To get the new plants off to a good start, keeping the soil moist is important. If it is warm, probably a good watering about 2 times a week at first.
    3. Water

    Once established, a good deep watering every 3 to 4 weeks is usually fine. If we have a ‘wet winter’ they may do well with no additional water during the cooler months.
    4. Prune

    Pruning should be done mostly when it\'s warm, this is when they send up the new culms, simply cut the culm a the height you want. If a culm shoots up \'off season\' you can cut it anyway.
    5. Mulch

    Keep bamboo with a nice layer of mulch to control evaporation and keep the soil moist. We recommend a nice \'mat\' when first planting, after that the plants will drop a nice amount of foliage all year, which makes a great mulch, which also helps reduce weeds.
    6. Transplant

    Transplanting should be done when the weather is warm, May to September is the best time for this.
    7. Propagate

    Propagating new plants: either by dividing (cutting out part of the root ball to form a new plant), or by taking cuttings (more advanced, similar to making cuttings of Roses) should be done when the weather is warm, May to September is the best time for this.
    June
    1. Buy

    Bamboo is available at our San Diego nursery all year. Call for availability: San Diego (619) 224-8271.
    2. Plant

    Bamboo can be planted anytime of year in most of southern California, with the best time to plant from March to October when the weather is warm. Plants will start growing more quickly if you plant at this time. Bamboo generally like soils rich in organic material, and with good drainage. Be generous with ‘planting mixes’ when you first plant them out. Most will grow ‘well’ in hard packed clay soils, or even decomposed granite, but they will generally grow faster and look better if the soil has been amended when planted. To get the new plants off to a good start, keeping the soil moist is important. If it is warm, probably a good watering about 2 times a week at first.
    3. Fertilize

    A fertilizing program with a high nitrogen plant food will encourage larger foliage, and faster growth. Generally a good application around the plant about every 2 to 3 months starting in spring will keep them looking great. There\'s not a lot of need to feed them after September as the weather cools.
    4. Water

    Once established, a good deep watering every 3 to 4 weeks is usually fine. If we have a ‘wet winter’ they may do well with no additional water during the cooler months.
    5. Prune

    Pruning should be done mostly when it\'s warm, this is when they send up the new culms, simply cut the culm a the height you want. If a culm shoots up \'off season\' you can cut it anyway.
    6. Mulch

    Keep bamboo with a nice layer of mulch to control evaporation and keep the soil moist. We recommend a nice \'mat\' when first planting, after that the plants will drop a nice amount of foliage all year, which makes a great mulch, which also helps reduce weeds.
    7. Transplant

    Transplanting should be done when the weather is warm, May to September is the best time for this.
    8. Propagate

    Propagating new plants: either by dividing (cutting out part of the root ball to form a new plant), or by taking cuttings (more advanced, similar to making cuttings of Roses) should be done when the weather is warm, May to September is the best time for this.
    July
    1. Buy

    Bamboo is available at our San Diego nursery all year. Call for availability: San Diego (619) 224-8271.
    2. Plant

    Bamboo can be planted anytime of year in most of southern California, with the best time to plant from March to October when the weather is warm. Plants will start growing more quickly if you plant at this time. Bamboo generally like soils rich in organic material, and with good drainage. Be generous with ‘planting mixes’ when you first plant them out. Most will grow ‘well’ in hard packed clay soils, or even decomposed granite, but they will generally grow faster and look better if the soil has been amended when planted. To get the new plants off to a good start, keeping the soil moist is important. If it is warm, probably a good watering about 2 times a week at first.
    3. Water

    Once established, a good deep watering every 3 to 4 weeks is usually fine. If we have a ‘wet winter’ they may do well with no additional water during the cooler months.
    4. Prune

    Pruning should be done mostly when it\'s warm, this is when they send up the new culms, simply cut the culm a the height you want. If a culm shoots up \'off season\' you can cut it anyway.
    5. Mulch

    Keep bamboo with a nice layer of mulch to control evaporation and keep the soil moist. We recommend a nice \'mat\' when first planting, after that the plants will drop a nice amount of foliage all year, which makes a great mulch, which also helps reduce weeds.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check ever few months for insects. Some varieties can get a type of scale, and some can get mealy bugs. Neither is a really bad situation, but if it\'s not controlled it can turn the foliage black, and it doesn\'t look as nice. If you see insects bring a sample into the nursery to make sure you use the right product.
    7. Transplant

    Transplanting should be done when the weather is warm, May to September is the best time for this.
    8. Propagate

    Propagating new plants: either by dividing (cutting out part of the root ball to form a new plant), or by taking cuttings (more advanced, similar to making cuttings of Roses) should be done when the weather is warm, May to September is the best time for this.
    August
    1. Buy

    Bamboo is available at our San Diego nursery all year. Call for availability: San Diego (619) 224-8271.
    2. Plant

    Bamboo can be planted anytime of year in most of southern California, with the best time to plant from March to October when the weather is warm. Plants will start growing more quickly if you plant at this time. Bamboo generally like soils rich in organic material, and with good drainage. Be generous with ‘planting mixes’ when you first plant them out. Most will grow ‘well’ in hard packed clay soils, or even decomposed granite, but they will generally grow faster and look better if the soil has been amended when planted. To get the new plants off to a good start, keeping the soil moist is important. If it is warm, probably a good watering about 2 times a week at first.
    3. Water

    Once established, a good deep watering every 3 to 4 weeks is usually fine. If we have a ‘wet winter’ they may do well with no additional water during the cooler months.
    4. Prune

    Pruning should be done mostly when it\'s warm, this is when they send up the new culms, simply cut the culm a the height you want. If a culm shoots up \'off season\' you can cut it anyway.
    5. Mulch

    Keep bamboo with a nice layer of mulch to control evaporation and keep the soil moist. We recommend a nice \'mat\' when first planting, after that the plants will drop a nice amount of foliage all year, which makes a great mulch, which also helps reduce weeds.
    6. Transplant

    Transplanting should be done when the weather is warm, May to September is the best time for this.
    7. Propagate

    Propagating new plants: either by dividing (cutting out part of the root ball to form a new plant), or by taking cuttings (more advanced, similar to making cuttings of Roses) should be done when the weather is warm, May to September is the best time for this.
    September
    1. Buy

    Bamboo is available at our San Diego nursery all year. Call for availability: San Diego (619) 224-8271.
    2. Plant

    Bamboo can be planted anytime of year in most of southern California, with the best time to plant from March to October when the weather is warm. Plants will start growing more quickly if you plant at this time. Bamboo generally like soils rich in organic material, and with good drainage. Be generous with ‘planting mixes’ when you first plant them out. Most will grow ‘well’ in hard packed clay soils, or even decomposed granite, but they will generally grow faster and look better if the soil has been amended when planted. To get the new plants off to a good start, keeping the soil moist is important. If it is warm, probably a good watering about 2 times a week at first.
    3. Fertilize

    A fertilizing program with a high nitrogen plant food will encourage larger foliage, and faster growth. Generally a good application around the plant about every 2 to 3 months starting in spring will keep them looking great. There\'s not a lot of need to feed them after September as the weather cools.
    4. Water

    Once established, a good deep watering every 3 to 4 weeks is usually fine. If we have a ‘wet winter’ they may do well with no additional water during the cooler months.
    5. Prune

    Pruning should be done mostly when it\'s warm, this is when they send up the new culms, simply cut the culm a the height you want. If a culm shoots up \'off season\' you can cut it anyway.
    6. Mulch

    Keep bamboo with a nice layer of mulch to control evaporation and keep the soil moist. We recommend a nice \'mat\' when first planting, after that the plants will drop a nice amount of foliage all year, which makes a great mulch, which also helps reduce weeds.
    7. Transplant

    Transplanting should be done when the weather is warm, May to September is the best time for this.
    8. Propagate

    Propagating new plants: either by dividing (cutting out part of the root ball to form a new plant), or by taking cuttings (more advanced, similar to making cuttings of Roses) should be done when the weather is warm, May to September is the best time for this.
    October
    1. Buy

    Bamboo is available at our San Diego nursery all year. Call for availability: San Diego (619) 224-8271.
    2. Plant

    Bamboo can be planted anytime of year in most of southern California, with the best time to plant from March to October when the weather is warm. Plants will start growing more quickly if you plant at this time. Bamboo generally like soils rich in organic material, and with good drainage. Be generous with ‘planting mixes’ when you first plant them out. Most will grow ‘well’ in hard packed clay soils, or even decomposed granite, but they will generally grow faster and look better if the soil has been amended when planted. To get the new plants off to a good start, keeping the soil moist is important. If it is warm, probably a good watering about 2 times a week at first.
    3. Water

    Once established, a good deep watering every 3 to 4 weeks is usually fine. If we have a ‘wet winter’ they may do well with no additional water during the cooler months.
    4. Mulch

    Keep bamboo with a nice layer of mulch to control evaporation and keep the soil moist. We recommend a nice \'mat\' when first planting, after that the plants will drop a nice amount of foliage all year, which makes a great mulch, which also helps reduce weeds.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check ever few months for insects. Some varieties can get a type of scale, and some can get mealy bugs. Neither is a really bad situation, but if it\'s not controlled it can turn the foliage black, and it doesn\'t look as nice. If you see insects bring a sample into the nursery to make sure you use the right product.
    November
    1. Buy

    Bamboo is available at our San Diego nursery all year. Call for availability: San Diego (619) 224-8271.
    2. Water

    Once established, a good deep watering every 3 to 4 weeks is usually fine. If we have a ‘wet winter’ they may do well with no additional water during the cooler months.
    3. Mulch

    Keep bamboo with a nice layer of mulch to control evaporation and keep the soil moist. We recommend a nice \'mat\' when first planting, after that the plants will drop a nice amount of foliage all year, which makes a great mulch, which also helps reduce weeds.
    December
    1. Buy

    Bamboo is available at our San Diego nursery all year. Call for availability: San Diego (619) 224-8271.
    2. Water

    Once established, a good deep watering every 3 to 4 weeks is usually fine. If we have a ‘wet winter’ they may do well with no additional water during the cooler months.
    3. Mulch

    Keep bamboo with a nice layer of mulch to control evaporation and keep the soil moist. We recommend a nice \'mat\' when first planting, after that the plants will drop a nice amount of foliage all year, which makes a great mulch, which also helps reduce weeds.
  • Buy

    When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

    January

    Bamboo is available at our San Diego nursery all year. Call for availability: San Diego (619) 224-8271.

    February

    Bamboo is available at our San Diego nursery all year. Call for availability: San Diego (619) 224-8271.

    March

    Bamboo is available at our San Diego nursery all year. Call for availability: San Diego (619) 224-8271.

    April

    Bamboo is available at our San Diego nursery all year. Call for availability: San Diego (619) 224-8271.

    May

    Bamboo is available at our San Diego nursery all year. Call for availability: San Diego (619) 224-8271.

    June

    Bamboo is available at our San Diego nursery all year. Call for availability: San Diego (619) 224-8271.

    July

    Bamboo is available at our San Diego nursery all year. Call for availability: San Diego (619) 224-8271.

    August

    Bamboo is available at our San Diego nursery all year. Call for availability: San Diego (619) 224-8271.

    September

    Bamboo is available at our San Diego nursery all year. Call for availability: San Diego (619) 224-8271.

    October

    Bamboo is available at our San Diego nursery all year. Call for availability: San Diego (619) 224-8271.

    November

    Bamboo is available at our San Diego nursery all year. Call for availability: San Diego (619) 224-8271.

    December

    Bamboo is available at our San Diego nursery all year. Call for availability: San Diego (619) 224-8271.

    Plant

    When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

    March

    Bamboo can be planted anytime of year in most of southern California, with the best time to plant from March to October when the weather is warm. Plants will start growing more quickly if you plant at this time. Bamboo generally like soils rich in organic material, and with good drainage. Be generous with ‘planting mixes’ when you first plant them out. Most will grow ‘well’ in hard packed clay soils, or even decomposed granite, but they will generally grow faster and look better if the soil has been amended when planted. To get the new plants off to a good start, keeping the soil moist is important. If it is warm, probably a good watering about 2 times a week at first.

    April

    Bamboo can be planted anytime of year in most of southern California, with the best time to plant from March to October when the weather is warm. Plants will start growing more quickly if you plant at this time. Bamboo generally like soils rich in organic material, and with good drainage. Be generous with ‘planting mixes’ when you first plant them out. Most will grow ‘well’ in hard packed clay soils, or even decomposed granite, but they will generally grow faster and look better if the soil has been amended when planted. To get the new plants off to a good start, keeping the soil moist is important. If it is warm, probably a good watering about 2 times a week at first.

    May

    Bamboo can be planted anytime of year in most of southern California, with the best time to plant from March to October when the weather is warm. Plants will start growing more quickly if you plant at this time. Bamboo generally like soils rich in organic material, and with good drainage. Be generous with ‘planting mixes’ when you first plant them out. Most will grow ‘well’ in hard packed clay soils, or even decomposed granite, but they will generally grow faster and look better if the soil has been amended when planted. To get the new plants off to a good start, keeping the soil moist is important. If it is warm, probably a good watering about 2 times a week at first.

    June

    Bamboo can be planted anytime of year in most of southern California, with the best time to plant from March to October when the weather is warm. Plants will start growing more quickly if you plant at this time. Bamboo generally like soils rich in organic material, and with good drainage. Be generous with ‘planting mixes’ when you first plant them out. Most will grow ‘well’ in hard packed clay soils, or even decomposed granite, but they will generally grow faster and look better if the soil has been amended when planted. To get the new plants off to a good start, keeping the soil moist is important. If it is warm, probably a good watering about 2 times a week at first.

    July

    Bamboo can be planted anytime of year in most of southern California, with the best time to plant from March to October when the weather is warm. Plants will start growing more quickly if you plant at this time. Bamboo generally like soils rich in organic material, and with good drainage. Be generous with ‘planting mixes’ when you first plant them out. Most will grow ‘well’ in hard packed clay soils, or even decomposed granite, but they will generally grow faster and look better if the soil has been amended when planted. To get the new plants off to a good start, keeping the soil moist is important. If it is warm, probably a good watering about 2 times a week at first.

    August

    Bamboo can be planted anytime of year in most of southern California, with the best time to plant from March to October when the weather is warm. Plants will start growing more quickly if you plant at this time. Bamboo generally like soils rich in organic material, and with good drainage. Be generous with ‘planting mixes’ when you first plant them out. Most will grow ‘well’ in hard packed clay soils, or even decomposed granite, but they will generally grow faster and look better if the soil has been amended when planted. To get the new plants off to a good start, keeping the soil moist is important. If it is warm, probably a good watering about 2 times a week at first.

    September

    Bamboo can be planted anytime of year in most of southern California, with the best time to plant from March to October when the weather is warm. Plants will start growing more quickly if you plant at this time. Bamboo generally like soils rich in organic material, and with good drainage. Be generous with ‘planting mixes’ when you first plant them out. Most will grow ‘well’ in hard packed clay soils, or even decomposed granite, but they will generally grow faster and look better if the soil has been amended when planted. To get the new plants off to a good start, keeping the soil moist is important. If it is warm, probably a good watering about 2 times a week at first.

    October

    Bamboo can be planted anytime of year in most of southern California, with the best time to plant from March to October when the weather is warm. Plants will start growing more quickly if you plant at this time. Bamboo generally like soils rich in organic material, and with good drainage. Be generous with ‘planting mixes’ when you first plant them out. Most will grow ‘well’ in hard packed clay soils, or even decomposed granite, but they will generally grow faster and look better if the soil has been amended when planted. To get the new plants off to a good start, keeping the soil moist is important. If it is warm, probably a good watering about 2 times a week at first.

    Fertilize

    When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

    March

    A fertilizing program with a high nitrogen plant food will encourage larger foliage, and faster growth. Generally a good application around the plant about every 2 to 3 months starting in spring will keep them looking great. There\'s not a lot of need to feed them after September as the weather cools.

    June

    A fertilizing program with a high nitrogen plant food will encourage larger foliage, and faster growth. Generally a good application around the plant about every 2 to 3 months starting in spring will keep them looking great. There\'s not a lot of need to feed them after September as the weather cools.

    September

    A fertilizing program with a high nitrogen plant food will encourage larger foliage, and faster growth. Generally a good application around the plant about every 2 to 3 months starting in spring will keep them looking great. There\'s not a lot of need to feed them after September as the weather cools.

    Water

    Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

    January

    Once established, a good deep watering every 3 to 4 weeks is usually fine. If we have a ‘wet winter’ they may do well with no additional water during the cooler months.

    February

    Once established, a good deep watering every 3 to 4 weeks is usually fine. If we have a ‘wet winter’ they may do well with no additional water during the cooler months.

    March

    Once established, a good deep watering every 3 to 4 weeks is usually fine. If we have a ‘wet winter’ they may do well with no additional water during the cooler months.

    April

    Once established, a good deep watering every 3 to 4 weeks is usually fine. If we have a ‘wet winter’ they may do well with no additional water during the cooler months.

    May

    Once established, a good deep watering every 3 to 4 weeks is usually fine. If we have a ‘wet winter’ they may do well with no additional water during the cooler months.

    June

    Once established, a good deep watering every 3 to 4 weeks is usually fine. If we have a ‘wet winter’ they may do well with no additional water during the cooler months.

    July

    Once established, a good deep watering every 3 to 4 weeks is usually fine. If we have a ‘wet winter’ they may do well with no additional water during the cooler months.

    August

    Once established, a good deep watering every 3 to 4 weeks is usually fine. If we have a ‘wet winter’ they may do well with no additional water during the cooler months.

    September

    Once established, a good deep watering every 3 to 4 weeks is usually fine. If we have a ‘wet winter’ they may do well with no additional water during the cooler months.

    October

    Once established, a good deep watering every 3 to 4 weeks is usually fine. If we have a ‘wet winter’ they may do well with no additional water during the cooler months.

    November

    Once established, a good deep watering every 3 to 4 weeks is usually fine. If we have a ‘wet winter’ they may do well with no additional water during the cooler months.

    December

    Once established, a good deep watering every 3 to 4 weeks is usually fine. If we have a ‘wet winter’ they may do well with no additional water during the cooler months.

    Prune

    When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

    April

    Pruning should be done mostly when it\'s warm, this is when they send up the new culms, simply cut the culm a the height you want. If a culm shoots up \'off season\' you can cut it anyway.

    May

    Pruning should be done mostly when it\'s warm, this is when they send up the new culms, simply cut the culm a the height you want. If a culm shoots up \'off season\' you can cut it anyway.

    June

    Pruning should be done mostly when it\'s warm, this is when they send up the new culms, simply cut the culm a the height you want. If a culm shoots up \'off season\' you can cut it anyway.

    July

    Pruning should be done mostly when it\'s warm, this is when they send up the new culms, simply cut the culm a the height you want. If a culm shoots up \'off season\' you can cut it anyway.

    August

    Pruning should be done mostly when it\'s warm, this is when they send up the new culms, simply cut the culm a the height you want. If a culm shoots up \'off season\' you can cut it anyway.

    September

    Pruning should be done mostly when it\'s warm, this is when they send up the new culms, simply cut the culm a the height you want. If a culm shoots up \'off season\' you can cut it anyway.

    Mulch

    Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

    January

    Keep bamboo with a nice layer of mulch to control evaporation and keep the soil moist. We recommend a nice \'mat\' when first planting, after that the plants will drop a nice amount of foliage all year, which makes a great mulch, which also helps reduce weeds.

    February

    Keep bamboo with a nice layer of mulch to control evaporation and keep the soil moist. We recommend a nice \'mat\' when first planting, after that the plants will drop a nice amount of foliage all year, which makes a great mulch, which also helps reduce weeds.

    March

    Keep bamboo with a nice layer of mulch to control evaporation and keep the soil moist. We recommend a nice \'mat\' when first planting, after that the plants will drop a nice amount of foliage all year, which makes a great mulch, which also helps reduce weeds.

    April

    Keep bamboo with a nice layer of mulch to control evaporation and keep the soil moist. We recommend a nice \'mat\' when first planting, after that the plants will drop a nice amount of foliage all year, which makes a great mulch, which also helps reduce weeds.

    May

    Keep bamboo with a nice layer of mulch to control evaporation and keep the soil moist. We recommend a nice \'mat\' when first planting, after that the plants will drop a nice amount of foliage all year, which makes a great mulch, which also helps reduce weeds.

    June

    Keep bamboo with a nice layer of mulch to control evaporation and keep the soil moist. We recommend a nice \'mat\' when first planting, after that the plants will drop a nice amount of foliage all year, which makes a great mulch, which also helps reduce weeds.

    July

    Keep bamboo with a nice layer of mulch to control evaporation and keep the soil moist. We recommend a nice \'mat\' when first planting, after that the plants will drop a nice amount of foliage all year, which makes a great mulch, which also helps reduce weeds.

    August

    Keep bamboo with a nice layer of mulch to control evaporation and keep the soil moist. We recommend a nice \'mat\' when first planting, after that the plants will drop a nice amount of foliage all year, which makes a great mulch, which also helps reduce weeds.

    September

    Keep bamboo with a nice layer of mulch to control evaporation and keep the soil moist. We recommend a nice \'mat\' when first planting, after that the plants will drop a nice amount of foliage all year, which makes a great mulch, which also helps reduce weeds.

    October

    Keep bamboo with a nice layer of mulch to control evaporation and keep the soil moist. We recommend a nice \'mat\' when first planting, after that the plants will drop a nice amount of foliage all year, which makes a great mulch, which also helps reduce weeds.

    November

    Keep bamboo with a nice layer of mulch to control evaporation and keep the soil moist. We recommend a nice \'mat\' when first planting, after that the plants will drop a nice amount of foliage all year, which makes a great mulch, which also helps reduce weeds.

    December

    Keep bamboo with a nice layer of mulch to control evaporation and keep the soil moist. We recommend a nice \'mat\' when first planting, after that the plants will drop a nice amount of foliage all year, which makes a great mulch, which also helps reduce weeds.

    Pest/Disease Inspection

    What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

    January

    Check ever few months for insects. Some varieties can get a type of scale, and some can get mealy bugs. Neither is a really bad situation, but if it\'s not controlled it can turn the foliage black, and it doesn\'t look as nice. If you see insects bring a sample into the nursery to make sure you use the right product.

    April

    Check ever few months for insects. Some varieties can get a type of scale, and some can get mealy bugs. Neither is a really bad situation, but if it\'s not controlled it can turn the foliage black, and it doesn\'t look as nice. If you see insects bring a sample into the nursery to make sure you use the right product.

    July

    Check ever few months for insects. Some varieties can get a type of scale, and some can get mealy bugs. Neither is a really bad situation, but if it\'s not controlled it can turn the foliage black, and it doesn\'t look as nice. If you see insects bring a sample into the nursery to make sure you use the right product.

    October

    Check ever few months for insects. Some varieties can get a type of scale, and some can get mealy bugs. Neither is a really bad situation, but if it\'s not controlled it can turn the foliage black, and it doesn\'t look as nice. If you see insects bring a sample into the nursery to make sure you use the right product.

    Transplant

    When's the best time to dig up and transplant this from one spot to another? (This is different than planting). Any special requirements?

    May

    Transplanting should be done when the weather is warm, May to September is the best time for this.

    June

    Transplanting should be done when the weather is warm, May to September is the best time for this.

    July

    Transplanting should be done when the weather is warm, May to September is the best time for this.

    August

    Transplanting should be done when the weather is warm, May to September is the best time for this.

    September

    Transplanting should be done when the weather is warm, May to September is the best time for this.

    Propagate

    When's a good time to divide, take cuttings, layer or propagate this plant. Any special requirements?

    May

    Propagating new plants: either by dividing (cutting out part of the root ball to form a new plant), or by taking cuttings (more advanced, similar to making cuttings of Roses) should be done when the weather is warm, May to September is the best time for this.

    June

    Propagating new plants: either by dividing (cutting out part of the root ball to form a new plant), or by taking cuttings (more advanced, similar to making cuttings of Roses) should be done when the weather is warm, May to September is the best time for this.

    July

    Propagating new plants: either by dividing (cutting out part of the root ball to form a new plant), or by taking cuttings (more advanced, similar to making cuttings of Roses) should be done when the weather is warm, May to September is the best time for this.

    August

    Propagating new plants: either by dividing (cutting out part of the root ball to form a new plant), or by taking cuttings (more advanced, similar to making cuttings of Roses) should be done when the weather is warm, May to September is the best time for this.

    September

    Propagating new plants: either by dividing (cutting out part of the root ball to form a new plant), or by taking cuttings (more advanced, similar to making cuttings of Roses) should be done when the weather is warm, May to September is the best time for this.

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