How to Propagate Bamboo Seeds Bamboo is a very fast-growing, tropical member of the grass family, which includes sugar cane and wheat. The most difficult part of propagating bamboo from seed is finding the seeds. Instructions 1 Rinse the bamboo seeds in tap water. 2 Pour 1/4 cup water into a bowl and mix in 3 tbsp. salt. Add the bamboo seeds to the solution and allow them to soak for five minutes. 3 Rinse the seeds and soak them in plain tap water for 15 minutes. 4 Pour a mixture of perlite and compost (in a 3 to 1 ratio) into a seeding tray to within 1/4 inch of the top. Water the mixture so that it is just damp, not wet. 5 Look for the swollen end of the seed and place this end into the soil. The top of the seed can remain exposed or cover lightly with soil. 6 Place the seeding tray into the plastic bag and seal with a twist tie or rubber band. 7 Place the bagged seeding tray in a shady location. Open the bag weekly to check the moisture in the soil and allow fresh air to circulate. If the soil appears to be drying out, use the misting bottle, set on a fine mist, and lightly spray the soil. 8 Allow the bag to remain on the tray for a week after germination, which should occur from three to 25 days after planting the seeds. 9 Repot the seedlings after one month into the same ratio of planting medium in which they were germinated. Bamboo grow very fast, so it's important to not allow the roots to become too crowded. 10 Fertilize the seedlings three weeks after repotting, using an all-purpose fertilizer, diluted to half the strength recommended.
This is the largest of the hardy bamboos and one of the most beautiful. The very large culms are festooned with masses of the smallest leaves in the Phyllostachys genus, making it look even larger. The culms of a mature plant are very broad at the base and quite tapered. A culm 5 inches in diameter at chest height may be 7 or more inches in diameter at the base. New culms are covered with soft, velvety hairs, which provide protection from insect predation.
The type of Moso growing at Bamboo Garden was originally grown from seed by the founder of Bamboo Garden, Ned Jaquith, in 1985. We grew it on to maturity here at the nursery and Ned long considered it to be his favorite of all the bamboos. It is a particularly beautiful form of Moso, with primarily large green canes supporting the classic feather-fall leaf pattern.