Growing Bamboo Indoors

Are you on the lookout for an indoor plant which is easy to look after? Whether you did some quick googling or an in-depth research on the same, growing bamboo indoors might be the answer you might have ended up with.

Well, why wouldn’t you? Indoor bamboo is a nice addition to your interior decoration and it has a few other benefits as well. Indoor bamboos are well-known to symbolize positive energy and showers good luck!


And if you are a person who is into Feng Shui, there is nothing like a bamboo plant grown indoors that could boost your Feng Shui and bring poise to your surroundings. And on top of that, growing bamboo indoors is a much easier and a less strenuous process compared to other indoor plants like Bonsai.

So how do you grow your bamboo indoors? Growing and taking care of your indoor bamboo isn’t rocket science but it is a science nevertheless. While taking care of your bamboo and growing it indoors is not a herculean task, you have to follow certain set of basics rules.

Option 1 – Buying a Potted Indoor Bamboo

Indoor bamboo is often sold as a finished potted product. You can forget the hassles of re-potting it and this makes it a good choice if you are too lazy to make some extra effort for re-potting or planting it carefully.

Option 2 – Planting it on your own and Growing your Bamboo Indoors

Bamboos aren’t originally designed to be grown indoors. So, it does require you to give it some extra care while you do so.


Choosing the Pot

Choose a pot that is wide enough to have enough space between the root balls and the sides. And for your bamboo to grow well, there is nothing as important as proper drainage is. Select a pot with enough holes on the base for the same.

Choosing the Soil

Moisture and drainage are both key elements for your bamboo plant. The soil should thus be of moderate density and should hold moisture while facilitating fast drainage. Bamboos would grow best in a slightly acidic soil with its pH in the neighborhood of 6. There is nothing much to be worried about the technicalities I just mentioned! Thankfully, most decent quality soils from your garden or potting soils work well for bamboos grown indoors.

Choosing the Planting Depth

Too much depth is a big no-no for planting your bamboo indoors. To prevent rot, it is better to keep the stem and the top of the root ball above the soil level.


Watering your Bamboo

An over-watered bamboo is as bad as an under-watered bamboo! Always let the top soil dry out before you water the plant again. Using a water meter could come in handy for this. Do check if the soil remains moist for more than two days and reduce watering if that is the case.

Bamboo likes Humidity

A bamboo hates the kind of dry air indoors has and it loves its air to be humid! For this, use a spray bottle to sprinkle water on the leaves every alternate day. Placing the bamboo pot over a humidity tray is also useful for this. Using a humidifier or a fan for brief intervals could help create some humidity around your bamboo.

Fertilize your Bamboo

Even your bamboo needs its nutrients to support its growth! Proper use of slow release fertilizers could take care of this. Place be aware of the dosage instructions from the manufacturer based on your pot size. Do not fertilize in the first 6 months of its growth.

Find the Right Amount of Light it Needs

The light it needs is based on the exact species your indoor bamboo comes from. You need to figure that out and find out the specific light recommendations for your bamboo species. Generally, plants with small leaves need more light than plants with bigger leaves.

Pruning your Bamboo

Everyone likes getting groomed and the same goes with your bamboo grown indoors too. Pruning your bamboo is just like getting a hair-cut and it betters your look if done properly. Cutting out older canes and heavy branches could give your bamboo the very best look! Pruning should only be done once the plant is fully grown and healthy.

What to Take Care Of

Look out for curled leaves as it could be a sign of a disease. Re-pot the plant if it has outgrown its container.


Keeping all this in mind and exercising due care, growing your bamboo should be a stress-free, pleasurable experience for you.

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