It’s always a happy surprise to see bamboo growing indoors!
Bamboo can seem temperamental inside buildings. The main limitation is getting enough light. Next to a sunny window is easy, moving away from the light increases likelihood of problems with pests attacking weakened bamboo. Allow a minimum light value of around 10,000 Lux (1,000 foot-candles). Bright!
With good light, bamboo will flourish indoors
1. Keep root zone moist and well drained
2. Adequately fed (too much fertilizer will harm your bamboo), use a slow release containing trace elements. A bonus fortnightly spray of the foliage with well diluted Maxicrop or similar food/tonic will be rewarded.
3. Is there adequate ventilation?
4. If you are enthusiastic, spray the leaves with water to wash off any dust. Better still take the whole plant outside on an overcast day and wash down. Gratitude!
Well maintained bamboo will be robust and can repel pests.
To add some moisture around the foliage use a saucer and set the pot on top of small stones sitting in water. The main pest indoors is Red Spider Mite. It likes it dry. We use Bugs for Bugs for pest control without using poisons.
10,000 lux sounds a lot. Bright light for several hours would be a minimum. Ask us for more information.
Red Tongue, Flowering right now – back soon… Temple Bamboo, see picture of the office below – that’s Temple Bamboo. Fortune Inviting Bamboo, grows to just half a metre. Black Bamboo, trim to preferred height. Malay Pygmy around 0.6 metre.
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Healthy bamboo inside your office is a joy. This species is Temple Bamboo
Please consider Mr Bamboo for installing and maintaining bamboo around Sydney.