Clumping Bamboo Shoot

This will be year 3 for my clumping bamboo.  The reason I chose this variety is because it won’t spread too far.


I’ve never grown bamboo before so I didn’t know what to expect.  For a while it didn’t do much growing and then after a few spring rain, this little bamboo shoot came out of nowhere.


One thing I do know about bamboo is that they can grow fast.  So a few days later I saw this long skinny bamboo stalk growing as tall as the parent plant.  For someone that has never grown bamboo, this was really exciting to see!


Another thing that also enjoyed the spring rain is the Wonderful pomegranate bush.  There seem to be more blooms this  year, so that’s a good sign.

Photos taken by Samsung Galaxy S3 and Note 2.


Year 2: Clumping Bamboo


I planted this clumping bamboo last October.  It will now be on it’s 2nd year and there is little to no growth.  Maybe I should be happy that it’s not spreading too fast.  I am hoping it will just fill out this corner of the yard and not more.  But if any new growths does show up near the fence, it will have to be taken out asap.  Well at this rate, that might not be for a few more years.


To encourage it to grow and add more nutrients to the soil, I’ve decided to turn this area into my personal compost bin.  I’ve been tossing all the coffee grounds, banana peels, eggshells, etc, around the plant and covering it with grass clippings and dead leaves.  So maybe by spring it will start to give out some new growth.

Clumping Bamboo

Our local Buddhist temple has a forest of bamboo that makes it a very peaceful place.  It’s been there for many years and has never spread.  So that makes it perfect for an urban backyard garden.

Clumping bamboo have a non-invasive root structure so they are best suited for urban backyard.  As long as you continue to harvest the new shoots and keep it under control, there would be less chance of it spreading.


With a $30 donation to the Buddhist temple, we were able to take one stalk with a nice size root ball.  This variety also has a wide and thick stalk, therefore making the bamboo ideal to use for garden projects and more.


Since bamboos are one of the fastest growing plants out there, I am hoping they will start to fill up this corner of the yard soon.

The leaves are still green but seem to be drooping a bit, but then again it is winter time.  Maybe the plant will perk up again with warmer weather.

Here is a wonderful Flickr photostream of a house in Australia with many varieties of bamboo. I can imagine how peaceful it would be to walk in this forest.

Clumping Bamboo

The thing I don’t like about newer subdivisions in California is the mix of 2 story homes looking into neighbor’s yard. The neighbor on our west side grows tall Cypress all around their yard for privacy.

I looked up the cost and found it to be pricey. So another idea was to grow clumping bamboo along the back fence.


The one pictured is a clumping variety I would like to grow. These bamboos have been at the Buddhist temple grounds for at least 5 years and it hasn’t spread much.

Bamboos sold at nursery are so expensive. Prices range from $20 for the smallest container and up to $100. Hopefully I can make an acceptable donation to the temple and collect some transplant for our backyard.

I especially love walking into a shady grove of bamboo and listening to the sound of winds rustling amongst the leaves. Plus the shoots are tasty too!