Propagate Bamboo: This Is How To Do It

Last updated on October 23rd, 2023 at 08:39 pm

Bamboo is not only a very popular evergreen plant, but is also easy to propagate. We show you what you should pay attention to and how you can best propagate your bamboo.

Bamboo is a popular plant. Its evergreen leaves and exotic appearance have made it very popular in recent decades. Moreover, bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants in the whole world. So bamboo is not only popular, but also practical.

Propagate Bamboo: This Is How To Do It

For example, it is suitable for the manufacture of many products and is a renewable resource. Thus, bamboo toothbrushes have long been in vogue and even small huts can be built from bamboo. Other advantages of bamboo are that the plant can store a lot of CO2 compared to many other plants. You can also easily propagate the practical plant and plant it in your garden.

Propagate bamboo: Here is what you should pay attention to

Bamboo can be propagated in several ways. The easiest way for amateur gardeners is propagation by division. In addition to this method of propagation, there are a few other options, but they are rather unsuitable for amateur gardeners or do not work with the common bamboo species in Europe. To successfully divide your bamboo, you need some tools and a little preparation:

First of all, the timing has to be right. You can divide bamboo either from February to the end of March, or again in late summer (August or September). In the summer you should leave the bamboo alone, because new culms grow there and the roots should not be disturbed. So ideal time is spring, then your new bamboo can thrive throughout the summer.

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Weather also plays a role in dividing your bamboo. It’s best to pick a slightly rainy day so you can plant the bamboo in moist soil. This will allow it to grow and thrive better.

When the season and weather are right, you can start dividing your bamboo. Before that, make sure you’re equipped with the right tools. You’ll need:

  • Gardening gloves
  • a spade
  • a pair of garden shears
  • If the bamboo is already strong, a garden knife may be more suitable than secateurs. Normally the secateurs should be sufficient.

Bamboo: How to divide and propagate it

Propagate Bamboo: This Is How To Do It

Once you have gathered all the utensils, you can actually start. But before that you should think about where you want to plant the new bamboo. Prepare the place well. If you want to plant it in a new place in the garden, dig a small hole and prepare some potting soil.

Also, make sure you have a root barrier in the garden to prevent the bamboo from multiplying and spreading uncontrollably. Bamboo roots can become very strong and spread very quickly. For example, they can lift entire concrete slabs or grow into the neighboring garden. A root barrier will help you avoid this. As an alternative to the garden, you can also plant the new bamboo in a pot. Prepare a pot of a suitable size and provide enough potting soil to plant the bamboo in later.

Finally, to propagate your bamboo by division, do the following:

  • Look around the edge of your existing bamboo plant for new shoots. These are the places where you can then divide the bamboo.
  • Now pierce with your spade at this point and poke out the new shoot once all around. Try to cut as deep as possible.
  • Now take the shoot and its root ball out of the ground and water it briefly.
  • Put it back into the soil at your prepared place and keep it well moist.
  • In the following time, make sure that you always keep the new shoot moist and that it gets enough water.
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A little tip: cuttings do not only look nice in your own garden, but also at your friend’s house. Surprise them next time with a small bamboo shoot in a pot.


  • James Jones

    Meet James Jones, a passionate gardening writer whose words bloom with the wisdom of an experienced horticulturist. With a deep-rooted love for all things green, James has dedicated his life to sharing the art and science of gardening with the world. James's words have found their way into countless publications, and his gardening insights have inspired a new generation of green thumbs. His commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship shines through in every article he crafts.

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