Bamboo is a large grass that is frequently mistaken for a tree. It’s a perennial flowering plant belonging to the Bambusoideae subfamily of the Poaceae grass family, and it’s the only one that can diversify in forests. Bamboo has a shallow yet thick root system, similar to that of a lawn. Unlike other grasses, most bamboo types are naturally evergreen, with woody culms replacing the green grass blades.
Where Does Bamboo Grow?
Bamboo may be found on five continents and grows in temperate, subtropical, and tropical temperatures, thus it can be grown almost anyplace. Bamboo grows on every continent except Europe and Antarctica, and while it isn’t native to Europe, it is now grown in the continent’s warmer southern regions.
How to Grow Bamboo?
If you want to attempt growing bamboo, make sure it’s in a sunny spot with moist, well-drained soil. In the Northern Hemisphere, the best time to plant bamboo is in the spring, so the grass variety has enough time to establish a strong root system before autumn arrives. Allow any fallen leaves to fall to the ground and serve as nutrient-rich mulch for your bamboo grove.
Because bamboo roots are dense and spread quickly, it’s better not to plant it near your neighbors or property systems like sewer lines. Plant bamboo only where it can expand safely and where the forest border can be readily controlled with frequent mowing.