Environmental Info

Planting and Care Tips 

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REUSE & RECYCLE

BRING YOUR UNWANTED NURSERY POTS BACK TO THE NURSERY

Think about the location and what bamboo you select as your bamboo can fill up a space more than you may realize.  Check for overhead wires and avoid planting close to buildings.  We recommend planting five to seven feet apart to make a screen.  If a screen is needed quickly, plant the bamboo three or four feet apart.  If the bamboo will not be planted immediately, store in semi-shade and water frequently

Dig a hole that’s a bit larger than the size of the pot.  You can soak the bamboo in the pot for about fifteen minutes prior to planting and add a small handful of some fertilizer in the soaking pot.  A basic 10-10-10 fertilizer or

Miracle Grow works well 

Remove plant from the pot.  If the bamboo doesn’t come out easily you may have to cut the pot.  Place the plant in the hole so it’s even with the level of the existing soil

 

 

Planting Your Bamboo

STEP 1

Planting Your Bamboo

Planting Your Bamboo

STEP 2

STEP 3

Planting Your Bamboo

STEP 4

Make a ring with the soil around the bamboo plant to hold water.  Mulch the dug-up area with pine bark, leaves, or similar material.  Water about 30 minutes minimum, two times a week, for three months unless you have sufficient rain.  Curled up leaves on bamboo is alerting that the plant needs water

Planting Your Bamboo

STEP 5

A properly prepared planting hole allows the bamboo to be self-sufficient after three to six months.  Underground barrier systems are usually not needed for clumping bamboo as they spread slowly in an ever-growing circle

Maintaining Your Bamboo

TIP 1

For the first year, fertilize once every three months by broadcasting a few big handfuls of slow-release turf fertilizer within a few feet of the bamboo.  As the bamboo grows older, spread about six handfuls within five to eight feet of the plant base to the roots will grow down and outward gathering water and nutrients.  Twice a year add ironite fertilizer in addition to the turf fertilizer as it is loaded with iron, calcium, sulfur, magnesium and other minerals your bamboo needs 

Maintaining Your Bamboo

TIP 2

NEVER USE WEED OR FEEDING FERTILIZERS ON YOUR BAMBOO

Maintaining Your Bamboo

TIP 3

AT SOME POINT YOU MAY WANT TO PRUNE YOUR BAMBOO BY USING A HAND PRUNER OR DEPENDING ON THE TYPE OF BAMBOO YOU CAN USE HEDGE TRIMMERS

Maintaining Your Bamboo

TIP 4

Newly planted clumping bamboo typically puts up a set of new culms (canes) within a month.  Once established you can expect the bamboo to put up new culms during the wet summer months of June through September.  If bamboo only puts up one set of new growth per summer, it’s telling you it needs some extra care

Maintaining Your Bamboo

TIP 5

New culms grow on the outside perimeter and will most likely be taller and thicker than their previous growth.  New culms take about forty-five to sixty days to reach the height for that year, and then it begins to leaf and branch out.  This process continues for the next three to six years until the bamboo reaches its height and maximum culm diameter for the environment it’s planted in

Planting Your Blue Java
Banana Tree

STEPS & TIPS

Plant in full-partial sun and give ample water with regular applications of any high nitrogen organic fertilizer spring through summer.  When it comes to pests and diseases bananas have few troublesome pests or diseases outside the tropics.  Root rot from cold wet soil is by far the biggest killer of banana plants.  Once you’ve found the right spot, dig a hole that’s twice the size of its pot and make sure it’s just as deep.  Place the tree in the hole making sure its level with the ground and standing straight up.  Gently, backfill the hole alternating with soil and water to get out the air pockets. Mulching around your plant site will conserve water moisture and will help keep grass/weeds away from the banana tree

Watering Your Blue Java
Banana Tree

STEPS & TIPS

Do not oversaturate but keep the soil moist.  Water every 2-3 days during summer heat and every few weeks in the winter.  Please note – during a drought you’ll need to water more frequently.  If you’ve planted in a shadier area, it will require less water.  If you’re still unsure, simply check the soil about 2” down – if it’s dry, it’s time to water

 

 

Fertilizing Your Blue Java
Banana Tree

STEPS & TIPS

Organic fertilizer given once a month during the growing season, gives your banana tree a well-balanced diet.  Fertilizers will have a recommended dose for the size of your tree on the back of the package you buy, just follow those directions

STEPS & TIPS

After transporting to and from your new location, remove any damaged or broken leaves that hang down.  To allow the new banana stalks to grow after it produces fruit, simply trim it back to about 30 inches tall, and let the stem dry out for a week or two.  Once that stem has dried, remove it

Pruning Your Blue Java
Banana Tree