Houseplants are the ultimate home accessory, adding color + gentle energy + fresh air to any space. And they’re easy to take care of – IF you know what you’re doing.

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How To Grow Bamboo At Home | Gardenista + west elm


Light Requirements: Filtered or indirect light (to avoid yellow leaves.)
Water Requirements: Keep soil moist but not soaking wet. Bamboo will appreciate being misted, as well.

This is a plant perhaps best contained in a pot because left to its own devices in the garden, it may prove invasive.  (While you may be safe planting “clumping” varieties in the garden, you should consider “running” varieties to be Public Enemy No. 1 in most outdoor gardens.)  Bamboo’s natural environment is a rainforest, so as a houseplant it will be happiest in indirect light and humid conditions.

How To Grow Bamboo At Home | Gardenista + west elm

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February 26, 2014

Was there actually an article here. Perhaps one on the different types of bamboo, how to plant & care for maybe? I feel cheated.


March 12, 2014

me too. I expected actual info – types of bamboo, how to care for it, where to buy the plants, etc.


March 12, 2014

for additional info on growing bamboo –


August 26, 2014

I would really like to know which type of bamboo this is- it is beautiful so airy and delicate. Does anyone know??


November 16, 2014

all the garden experts in my life
say bamboo can possible thrive indoors,
how long have you had bamboo growing
inside a home or office ?

i also agree with the two gals below, their comments
are right on.


November 16, 2014

it’s me again, there was a typo in my comments.
i meant to say all the garden experts in my life say bamboo CAN NOT
possible thrive indoors.

i really just should of said, bamboo can not thrive indoors.

thank you

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