How to Care for a Palm Bamboo Plant

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A palm bamboo plant does well as a house plant in colder climates, but excess sun can also kill the plant. Learn about giving palm bamboo part shade or filtered shade with help from a sustainable gardener in this free video on caring for palm bamboo plants.

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen and we're going to talk about how to care for a Palm Bamboo plant. Now there's many different types of bamboos and there's many different types of palm trees. But a Palm Bamboo is a variety of bamboo that has leaves kind of like a palm tree. Now whereas most bamboo plants do really well outside, a Palm Bamboo in colder climate does much better as a house plant. And it grows naturally in a jungle environment where it's in part shade that has larger trees above it. So if you put it in a real sunny spot or real sunny window sometimes you can kill it 'cause it'll just get fried in the sun. So if you give it a little bit of part shade or little bit of filtered shade, it'll do much better. And they're really easy to start. Let me show you. So just like any other bamboo, it's just a root and so you can break it off from another plant of if you have a friend that has a plant, you can get a start that way and then you just want to make sure that the roots are covered but the trees or the Palm Bamboo is exposed; the leaves are exposed. And when you plant it, you just keep it moist; but because it's more like a bamboo, you don't want it to let it sit in water all the time. So if you have a, a tray underneath that's constantly wet and it's never drying out, you can kill your plant that way. They actually do better if you soak them with water, dry them out, soak them with water and dry them out. And as they get larger too, just throw them in the shower 'cause they love to take showers. That's an easy way to water them and an easy way to care for them and that way too, just add a little more compost or potting soil on the top every year or so and maybe little bit of nitrogen type fertilizer in the spring to get some growth. Outside of that, a Palm Bamboo is very easy to grow.

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