How to Grow Bamboo Cuttings

How to Grow Bamboo Cuttings

Growing bamboo cuttings is a very popular bamboo propagation methods because it's fast, simple, economical, and it doesn't require a lot of space. Thick-walled bamboo species have prominent primary branches. These branches can be extracted without damaging the mother clump and are often (depending on the bamboo species) an excellent planting material.

Growing Bamboo from Cuttings

Bamboo Branch Cuttings

Bamboo Branch Cuttings

  • Select a culm and trim the primary branches. Branches should preferably be cut at a young to intermediate maturity (1-2 years) to guarantee a high survival rate. Discard the top portion leaving 2-3 nodes and the basal swell. These bamboo cuttings are usually around 30cm long.
  • Alternatively (to give faster results) dip the bamboo cuttings in a growth regulator mixture or rooting hormone for 24 hours, and seal the top cut end with wax to prevent desiccation.
  • Plant the bamboo cuttings vertically (preferably in a slight angle), either in poly bags or raised beds in such a way that the rhizomatous swelling and one node remain below the soil surface and at least one or two nodes above the surface.
  • Keep the poly bags under partial shade (agro shade nets provide 75% shade) and water the soil daily.
  • The first sprouting and rooting may already appear 3-5 weeks after planting. However you should leave the bamboo plants in the poly bags for another 6 months to maximum 1 year until fully rooted. The new bamboo plants will then be ready for transplanting in the next rainy season.


Herman wrote:

What is the best moon to take cuttings, for starts?


Stephane from Guadua Bamboo replied:

A week after full moon would be best as the cuttings will retain moisture content better.

Roman Korver wrote:

I'd love to see more pictures from this process in action. Are the branches in the picture taken from a culm, or are they culms themselves? Kind regards.


Stephane from Guadua Bamboo replied:

These are branch cuttings (not culm cuttings) from the species Bambusa vulgaris 'Wamin' aka Buddha Belly Bamboo.

Lisa wrote:

Hi I have a Buddha Belly stand 10' by 3' and intend to plant some in large 1/2 wine barrels. I was going to saw out culms but your article has given me other ideas. To be clear, these are side branches that grew from a node on the larger mother plant? Are you cutting through that node or clean off the side leaving the original stalk intact? Wish there were pics of where you cut them from. Do you seal the cut top with hot wax or just hand warmed bees wax? Thanks for any info, I've never used branch cuttings from my bamboo.