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Indoor Bamboo

Posted by sp0ng3r (My Page) on
Fri, Jul 3, 09 at 11:11

I am looking for indoor bamboo. It will obviously be staying in a pot and I am looking for something that will do well either near a window or even not by one (either is fine). I love bamboo, but do not want to plant it in my yard as it will likely take over. What different types of bamboo will do well indoors and not die out or get browned tips. I am looking for as many species that will work. I want to take a look at my options then decide between them. If someone could direct me in the right direction as to which species will work, and the pros/cons of each in regards to them being indoors.

Thank you in advance for everyone's help!

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RE: Indoor Bamboo

I would stick with a tropical species if it's for the house. I would suggest either Bambusa vittata or Bambusa multiplex as I have had both survive in the house long term. I'm not sure how the temperate species (Phyllostachys for example) would do in the home without a real Winter.

RE: Indoor Bamboo

I just ran across this website. I really like the look of the green onion bamboo. How well does everyone feel that this site is accurate, and do you agree with the green onion bamboo being a good indoor bamboo?

RE: Indoor Bamboo

  • Posted by kudzu9 Zone 8b, WA (My Page) on
    Sat, Jul 4, 09 at 11:04

Lewis Bamboo is a reliable vendor, and this bamboo does well in shady conditions, so it is fine for indoors. It has persistent culm sheaths (the papery wrappings) so you may want to pull those off when they become loose if you don't like that look.

Here is a link that might be useful: Culm sheaths

RE: Indoor Bamboo


RE: Indoor Bamboo

If you can give them a break (taking them out for a few months in winter), you are not limited to those named "indoor".

Here is what I did for Tiger

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