Preventing Disease In Bamboo Plants

Bamboo plants have long been known as a source of food for the panda bear, as it is commonly grown in the wild in the wild regions of China. Bamboo planting is becoming more and more common in American gardens, however, because of how sturdy the plant it. With proper bamboo plant care, you not only have an attractive plant that gives a flair of the orient to your garden, you also have a sturdy base with which to hang planters and other decorative elements in your garden.

Proper Bamboo Plant Care To Prevent Disease

Since bamboo plants are not native to North America, the conditions are not ideally perfect for you to grow them in your own garden. As a result, you need to carefully monitor all conditions in which bamboo plants are grown. Still, it is not hard to grow bamboo plants. the average gardener can easily tackle this challenge with just a modicum of research in how to prevent disease in bamboo plants. This is a major reason why bamboo planting is becoming more popular because it is easy to spot signs of disease and rot.

Proper Sunlight

Healthy bamboo plants need plenty of sunlight. These are outdoor plants primarily, so it is wise to have these plants outside in your garden as opposed to indoors. They also need plenty of water, fertilizer, and mulch. In order to prevent disease from setting in at the beginning you need to make sure that you water the plant every day in the first month after transplanting. Be sure to plant the plants in an area of your yard that get plenty of natural sunlight and has lots of fertilizer. As preparation for the planting, be sure to stock the area with compost in order to add plenty of nitrogen to the soil.


Still, even with these precautions, disease can be a problem. Once bamboo gets fully rooted into the area it can be a very hearty plant, however. After the first month, you do not need to water as much. Fungus can be a considerable danger when planting though. The oldest part of the bamboo stem, which has the consistency of most wood, can sometimes fall victim to an unsightly fungus growth. This forms in ring like structures on the stem, but it often just cosmetic in nature and does not actually harm the plant.

Virus And Mold

Bamboo can also be susceptible to viruses and mold. The BaMV virus is very common in bamboo plants, but you should not have to worry too much about it. Most suppliers test their bamboo plants before selling them. Finally, you have to be aware of the density of plants that you are planting in your yard. A lot of bamboo plants may look great, but the density can lead to mold. This mold, if left unchecked, will not only present a danger to the plant, it will also attract insects such as aphids that can attack the plant structure.