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Food Requirements of Bamboo Plants

Bamboo Plant Food
Supplementing bamboo plant food and providing sufficient water are important rules for growing healthy indoor bamboo. This article takes you through the types and amounts of plant food your bamboo will need, as well as some other necessary care tips for better growth.
Gardenerdy Staff
Last Updated: Jul 28, 2017
Bamboo is an excellent houseplant for adding a touch of green to the interior d├ęcor. Available in several dwarf varieties, you can select from a wide range of options. The lucky bamboo plant looks beautiful in glass pots, and is also believed to bring luck. For maintaining lustrous green, healthy leaves, you should understand the kind of care this plant needs. An important aspect of which is providing the plant with enough food.

Care

While growing bamboo indoors, choose a hardy variety with suitable height and spread. In case you are looking for office plants, the lucky bamboo is a perfect choice. It requires low maintenance, thus serving as a suitable plant for busy people. They're also great if you have very little space for keeping potted plants.
  • First of all, decide which way you want to maintain indoor plants. You can either grow them as a part of hydroponic gardening (especially with the lucky bamboo) or container gardening.
  • When maintained in pots with water, add some marbles and stones to stabilize the plant. Mix small rocks, gravel, sand, and clay in equal proportions to prepare the potting media.
  • The height of the pot is not a concern for growing bamboo in water. The key is to keep the water level more than half of the container. Whereas, to grow bamboo in soil, select a shallow container.
  • Feeding the plant at regular intervals is crucial.
  • The lucky bamboo and other indoor bamboo plants can grow luxuriantly with a few nutrients. But, prolonged growth without supplementing plant food can lead to pale foliage color. After all, the plant relies on the nutrients present in water and potting media for growth and development.
  • The problem of turning yellow is related to a lack of nutrients and an excess exposure to light. To avoid such cases, you should take a note of feeding times carefully.
  • Organic mixtures formulated for aquarium plants or lawn grass are excellent for feeding the lucky bamboo. A simple method is to preserve some aquarium water before changing it. This water contains organic nutrients released from fish feces, which are good for indoor plants.
  • The feeding interval for container gardening is once in two months. For the lucky bamboo, you can reduce the frequency of supplementing external nutrients. Keep in mind that less feeding is much better than providing an excess amount of nutrients.
  • Change the water before you feed a dilute form of aquarium plant food. This is not applicable for bamboo grown in soil. For such plants, you will need stronger green bamboo food for maintaining lustrous green foliage.
  • Give the plant moderate amounts of indirect light and place it in areas of high humidity. Exposure to bright light and dry conditions for prolonged periods are the main reasons for growth problems.
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