Frequently asked questions
Why should I grow bamboo in the Southwest?
In the desert few things are as precious as shade. Having a cool retreat from the summer heat, hearing the rustle of leaves in the wind, enjoying the scent of lush foliage after the rain and screening your oasis from the high rise apartments across the street, are all good reasons to grow bamboo. Add to that erosion control, carbon sequestration and a renewable source of useful poles.
Does bamboo really grow in the desert?
Yes, we've been growing many bamboo species since 1986 in Tucson.
Do bamboos need a lot of water?
Not really, though they do need regular watering. They are not swamp plants but neither are they like cactus. Bamboos, being grasses, have shallow root systems, so lengthy deep watering is not necessary. They don't have a taproot like trees do.
I read online that bamboos go crazy and can spread where you don't want them. Is that true?
I live in an area that freezes every winter. Do you have bamboo that can take freezing temperatures?
Yes, most bamboos can deal with temperatures below freezing. How well they tolerate freezing conditions depends on the species, minimum temperature, duration of the cold weather and soil moisture level. We recommend planting species that can withstand the record cold temperature for a given location.
When is a good time to plant bamboo?
Can I grow bamboo in a pot?
Yes, the smaller types can do well in containers. Avoid metal, narrow or dark colored containers.
Can I grow bamboo indoors?
Usually not. Grasses need good ventilation and sun to thrive.
When should I fertilize my bamboo?
Is it okay to grow them in desert soil?
No, desert soil must be replaced or well amended. Plant in rich soil with lots of organic matter. Avoid clay and caliche. Assure there is adequate drainage.
Do you sell "Lucky Bamboo" or "Heavenly Bamboo"?
I have bad allergies. Do bamboos make a lot of pollen?
No. They seldom flower. They will help filter out windborne allergens.