How to Start Bamboo Plants

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Bamboo plants are best started with a root and stem that are placed into a container, with the roots covered up and part of the stem showing. Discover the importance of giving bamboo plants lots of water with help from a sustainable gardener in this free video on starting bamboo plants.

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment we're going to talk about how to start bamboo plants. Now bamboo is a beautiful plant that's used all over the world and when you start it it's no; it's different than starting any kind of ornamental grass or the grass in your lawn. As long as you've got some roots and you've got some stem, you can have a new plant; it's about as easy as that. Let me show you. So you got to remember there's two types of bamboo; there's the running, that's a bamboo that really takes over and then there's the clumping that stays more like a clump and doesn't take over as quickly. Now they both can be divided the same way. Basically if you've got some root and you've got some stem, then you can have a new plant. And you can just rip it away or twist it; twisting is always a good way to do it. If it's really really compacted, then just cut it away. And once you've got some root and you've got some stem, you can turn around and put that right into another container and make sure that the roots are covered up and just some of the stem is showing. And then it's just covered up with some dirt; give it lots of water and it'll grow right away. And it's just as easy as that.

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