How Bamboo Grows

Bamboo grows a little different than most plants. It doesn’t grow larger over time like a tree. Instead it is a colony plant that produces larger growth over time. Essentially, it has babies that are taller, that has babies that are taller. Every generation should be taller that the previous year’s shoots. The intriguing aspect is that each year’s growth emerges and grows to it complete height in 60-90 days.  Bamboo is a colony plant and  left unchecked, the bamboo roots travel farther than most people expect. Rhizome growth can extend outward the same distance as the cane grows tall. The above ground growth represents only 50% of the total biomass. When bamboo becomes established, it can spread into unwanted areas. Root growth can occur much farther out than the above ground canes. Bamboo roots run parallel to the surface, typically in the first 18” or less of soil.