Do bamboo plants like sun or shade?
Bamboo varieties that do not require a lot of light and prefer partial shade, especially during the heat of the day, include plants in the Sasa, Fargesia and Thamnocalamus genera. Typically, larger varieties of bamboo, including giant bamboo of the Phyllostachys genus, require the most sunlight.
The general rule is the larger the bamboo, the more direct sunlight it requires. The large temperate species of bamboo such as the ones we grow are woodland under story plants. There are types of bamboo for all shade and sun conditions. Light Shade- Moderate amount of sunlight.
- Most bamboo, with a few exceptions, prefer to grow in full sun. Because of this, bamboo will produce most of its foliage where this is maximum sun exposure, which is obviously at the top of the bamboo. A bamboo growing in shade will always grow taller than the same species grown in full sun.
- The world record for the fastest growing plant belongs to certain species of the 45 genera of bamboo, which have been found to grow at up to 91 cm (35 in) per day or at a rate of 0.00003 km/h (0.00002 mph). According to the RHS Dictionary of Gardening, there are approximately 1,000 species of bamboos.
- Some of the largest timber bamboo can grow over 30 m (98 ft) tall, and be as large as 25–30 cm (9.8–11.8 in) in diameter. However, the size range for mature bamboo is species-dependent, with the smallest bamboos reaching only several inches high at maturity.
Most bamboo, with a few exceptions, prefer to grow in full sun. Because of this, bamboo will produce most of its foliage where this is maximum sun exposure, which is obviously at the top of the bamboo. A bamboo growing in shade will always grow taller than the same species grown in full sun.
- Eliminating bamboo plants starts with a shovel. The creeping rhizomes and roots of bamboo are virtually immune to the herbicides people normally use on unwanted plants. In order to start to get rid of bamboo, you must physically dig up the offending clump. Make sure you remove as much of the roots as possible.
- Bamboo for Indoors. A few types of bamboo can tolerate indoor conditions, though most prefer to be grown outside. Indoor bamboo takes extra TLC, but once you get the knack for growing the plant, it can be the center attraction in your houseplant world.
- Bamboo produces new canes (culms) in the Spring. These shoots emerge out of the ground and grow in height and diameter for around 60 days. During this 60 day period it will produce limbs and leaves. After the 60 day period of growth, the bamboo cane never grows in height or diameter again.
Updated: 3rd December 2019