Yes, you could definitely grow bamboo from seed but the process can be a little difficult. This is mostly because the seeds themselves are actually quite difficult to germinate. You’d really need to plant lots of them to even have a few to sprout successfully.
Also, when it comes to bamboo plants, many species don’t actually grow well in the cold – in fact, there are only three known species that do well in this type of climate: the bowhead and the silver bamboo, both of which have very poor cold tolerance. You also wouldn’t want to try growing these two species of bamboo because their shoots are very fragile and could easily be killed by frost. Frost is also a deadly threat to most other types of bamboo plants as well, so keep that in mind before you start planting.
So, how to grow bamboo from seed? There are many varieties of this plant, and they’re all very easy to grow, so all you need to do is find one type that’s most suitable for your region. Most people choose to grow them indoors but there are also some that grow really well outdoors. If you live in a place where it snows or experiences a lot of cold weather, then you might want to consider the running bamboo or the clumping bamboo.
The running bamboo or the clumping bamboo is what you probably first think of when someone mentions growing bamboo. This type of bamboo grows very well indoors and has very good root systems. The rhizomes on the other hand, are those without the flowers – they’re the portion of the plant that produces the edible part. Growing these with your indoor plant should be done inside an area that gets 6 hours of sunlight during the day and just the right amount of shade during the night.
You can plant your indoor plant in a variety of ways. You can make your own solution of soil and plant it into the mesh using anything from coconut husks to chicken manure to even ground beef. There are even kits available that allow you to get away with just putting the rhizome and running bamboo seeds in with your regular garden soil. It’s all up to you and how much time and effort you want to put into growing your own exotic bonsai.
Once you’ve found the best place for your seedlings, then you just need to make sure that the place gets a lot of light during the day and it’s well drained. That’s it – pretty easy isn’t it? If you’re just starting out, keep in mind that the bigger the pot and the larger the seedlings, the more water you’ll need to give them as well as the amount of time it will take to properly germinate and get those seeds off of the rhizome. As long as you give it time, your bonsai will reward you with great growth.
Of course, there are other methods that you can use if seedlings aren’t growing good enough for you. For starters, there is the ever popular cuttings method. This is where you take cuttings of healthy bamboo and grow them in the soil in your backyard. They’re going to produce small sprouts and eventually, they’ll grow into lovely little plants.
Of course, bamboo species also grow in other types of soil, but their root systems tend to run far deeper than the typical types of grasses and shrubs do. That’s why they’re called giant conifers. It just makes sense that they would probably be a little slower to grow, so be sure to give them plenty of room and give them enough time to acclimate. When you do, your Bonsai tree is sure to blossom and be a gorgeous specimen in your living space or outdoors.