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How Often Should You Water Bamboo Plants?

Watering plants can be a tricky task, but it’s necessary to ensure they are thriving and healthy. And whether you tend to overwater or underwater, there are several tips and tricks to help you provide your bamboo plants with the right amount of water. Fortunately, bamboo plants are one of the easiest to care for.

While there are various species of bamboo plants, they all require frequent watering. That being said, the bamboo’s age, location, and season can all affect the plant’s needs. 

In this guide, you’ll learn about the different conditions and how they affect your bamboo so you can conclude how often you should water the plant.

Watering Plants: A Guide to Bamboo Plant Care

Newly Planted Bamboo

Baby bamboo shoots
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Like all newly planted greenery, freshly planted bamboo requires more care, time, and attention. The first year of a plant’s life is crucial to its development, and you should do all you can to avoid dried-out soil and thirsty plants.

This means a regular watering routine. In the warmer months, it is best to water it every two to three days. If it’s extremely hot, you may want to do it more often. Watering once a week should be fine for the winter months.

Also, it’s important to ensure the soil is consistently moist but never soggy. A good rule of thumb is to allow the first inch of soil to become dry, though you can also use a moisture meter to test the soil.

Established Bamboo

Healthy, established bamboo shoots
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If the bamboo in your garden is well established in high-quality soil with a developed root system, it won’t require as much attention or water as newer plant babies. Bamboo plants usually take about three years to become fully established, though they should be a bit more stable after a year in one location.

Bamboo won’t need to be watered often or at all during the rainy season as long as it gets at least one inch of water. When it doesn’t rain, you should water it around every seven to 10 days.

Again, you can check how moist the soil is using a moisture meter or by using your fingers.

Potted Bamboo

Potted bamboo plant
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Unlike bamboo planted outdoors in the garden or yard, you can keep potted bamboo indoors. Of course, it can still be affected by the climate! If it’s very warm in your house, you will need to water it more frequently. The rule about testing the soil still applies, and the soil should be moist about one inch below the surface.

On average, you may need to water bamboo in a planter pot every seven to 10 days. It may also be beneficial to add mulch to the surface of the soil if you are going on a trip to keep the soil moist. Also, ensure that the pot the bamboo is planted in has drainage so that it does not become waterlogged.

Signs to Look For

Bamboo plants with water droplets
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Now that you know how to water bamboo in different conditions, there are a few things that will help you determine whether or not it’s time to water, no matter how they’re planted. As previously mentioned, you can easily check the soil using your fingers or a moisture meter.

The frequency you water your bamboo plants will depend on the temperature outside and what season your in. It will need to be watered more often in the heat and less often during the winter months.

Also, leaves will curl if they are thirsty. The sun can cause this as well so it’s important to double-check at night. Curling leaves can also be caused by overwatering, so check the soil and consider how often you have been watering, as well as the weather conditions. Similarly, brown leaves can be a result of too little or too much water, so check the state of the soil before watering.

Tips and Tricks for Watering Plants

Watering plants of bamboo with spray bottle
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  • Bamboo does not require deep watering but rather a frequent watering
  • Allow the top inch of soil to dry out between watering
  • Ensure the soil has proper drainage
  • If it’s in a pot, ensure it has a drainage hole
  • Tailor your watering schedule and amount based on the season
  • Place mulch on the soil to retain moisture

You’re Ready!

How often you should water bamboo plants is dependent on the conditions they’re in. Overall, it is most important to focus on the signs that your plant requires watering and pay attention to how dry the soil is. If you remember the tips and tricks outlined in this guide, as well as how different conditions can affect your plant’s needs, your bamboo plants will be thriving in no time.

Interested in a few more low-maintenance plants ideal for both indoor and outdoor locations? Check out this list of the best indoor houseplants and the best outdoor plants.