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The bamboo growing hydroponaclly is doing great!


These two pieces of bamboo were picked up by my wife at the local HEB food store and were just simple stalks that were never designed to be grown..
I placed them in a solution of rain water, compost tea, seaweed extract, and dry molasses about a year ago and look at what happened:

They have grown foliage about 3.5 inches high and look quite healthy after all of this time. How cool to watch! The little bamboo stalks are growing like crazy! They are growing indoors and have somewhat limited “light intake” every day.
I’m growing some “clumping bamboo” in the back-yard and it has been growing a tad slow due to the cold conditions that we have had lately..

I cannot explain why this bamboo experiment has worked for so long!

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those bamboo stalks have really come to life :o)

4 Feb, 2010


are they true bamboo's or the lucky bamboo dracena types. cant tell from the photo. :o)

4 Feb, 2010


They've done well.

4 Feb, 2010


I have no idea what species of bamboo this is. The little stalks were sold as decorations for Chinese cuisine and were about 5mm in diameter and about 150mm long. It has been amazing to watch the root structure develop and grow ! I will soon need a larger container for the bamboo because some of the roots are starting to circle in its' present container and circling roots in a "soil bound" plant can be lethal to the plant's overall health in the long run.
Amazing! :-))))

5 Feb, 2010


Wonderful. I'm so envious N2, I planted a bamboo about 2 years ago and it hasn't grown at all.

5 Feb, 2010


Ginellie, just put your bamboo on an organic program. Bamboo planted in the native soil will often require a couple of years to get fully established. It does not like the transplanting process into a new growing medium at all. Just give it good organic TLC and it will take hold! Once its' growing area has a nice balanced soil condition it will start growing a few inches per day! Make sure that you planted "clumping bamboo" and not "running bamboo"! The "running bamboo" propagates via underground tubers that can be as deep as 1 1/2 feet and is VERY difficult to control! I have some "clumping bamboo" in my backyard that is about 2 years old and if it survives this winter, it should grow like crazy next summer! Its' area has had the full organic treatment since it was planted and it is showing signs of soil stability and new ground level growth.. :-)

6 Feb, 2010


Thank you so much N2, I will do as you say. I'm sure it was described as non invasive - hope I'm right.

6 Feb, 2010


as I said earlier I think it is probably a dracena.
Bamboos are a grass and as such dont have tubers but rhizomes to 'run' under ground. Some are non rhizomous and are clump forming as N2 says.
The different species have different growth rates too. I have a slow one and a more speedy one but both are clumpers. lost their names ages ago sadly.

6 Feb, 2010


Seaburngirl is exactly right! The "runner type bamboo's" rhizomes are VERY difficult to contain and often require physical barriers deep into the ground to prevent propagation.
Here is a great link for anyone interested in bamboo:

I subscribe to this site because I have learned SO much about bamboo from them in the last few years. Great people and lots of help!

7 Feb, 2010

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