Buddha's Belly Bamboo

Bambusa ventricosa

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Culms have swollen nodes on this unique clump-forming bamboo. Swelling more apparent when plant is stressed due to dry soil or when contained. Rich green foliage held in whorls. Excellent screen or windbreak, handsome in containers. Full sun. Evergreen. When contained, to 5 to 7 feet tall; naturalized it is a vigorous grower to 35 to 45 feet and more tall. Division. Clumping.
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9 - 10

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Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

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Botanical Pronunciationbam-BOO-sa ven-trih-KOH-suh
LoreBamboo is a valuable natural resource in Asia where almost everything from hair pins to houses are created from its wood. The new shoots of bamboo before they emerge from the ground are soft in the center and edible, harvested for use in many traditional dishes.
Average Size at MaturityFast growing to 3 to 6 ft. tall, if contained, otherwise to 45 ft. tall.
Bloom TimeInconspicuous; prized for foliage.
Design IdeasBamboo is among the primary signature plant of Asian inspired garden. It is also equally at home in tropical island design themes. In the landscape it can be used as a clump of vertical poles for a columnar element. It has long been choice for creating fast growing barriers, screens and privacy hedges between properties. This has led to some problems with invasiveness. Bamboo also makes a fine background foliage plant to provide a lush character. Pruned properly these plants make fine subjects for night lighting, their canes casting exotic striped shadows. Bamboo is quite adaptable to containers provided it is given adequate water and nitrogen to sustain vigorous growth and overall lush appearance.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Foliage ColorGreen
Growth HabitClumping
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBarrier, Container, Mass Planting, Privacy Screen, Living Wall
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureClump Forming, Clumping Bamboo, Fast Growing, Pet Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsNeeds regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Key FeatureAsian Garden

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.

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