What to feed my black bamboo?

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  1. marylou830

    marylou830 Active Member

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    I planted some bamboo plants in the ground several months ago and I water them about 3 times a week if it doesn't rain. What and when do I need to feed them? I sprinkled some food granules around them about 2 months ago. Should I water them more often?
     
  2. Carol Ja

    Carol Ja Active Member 10 Years

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    I'm not sure what your soil is like already, have you done a soil test at all? you might not need to do anything at this point. If you feel inclined to feed regardless, I recommend manure, compost ,or the like. What was in the 'food granules'?
     
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    I don't know how to do a soil test. Any recommendations? The dirt is well-drained and I did put some organic compost around them that I bought from a landscaping business which has horse manure in it. The granules I used had a mix of nitrogen and some tiny extended release green balls with food in them. It's been a while since I read the box (yikes!).
     
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    Carol Ja Active Member 10 Years

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    Well, if they are well fed, and watered regularly...they should be fine. You can get soil test kits at nurseries.
     
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    Thank you so much for the tips. I'm so glad I found this website!
     
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    I feed my boo the same thing I would feed my grass (Ringers Lawn Restore) and I also mulch with wood chips and composted manure.
     
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    Weekend Gardener Active Member 10 Years

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    Same here - I use the same fertiliser that I use on my lawn. Same rate per square metre as lawn, twice a year - once in late April, another application in July. I much with whatever I have at hand.
     
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    Re: feeding with lawn food

    A great idea but under no circumstances use weed and feed.
     
  9. marylou830

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    Thanks for the information. I'm worried that a couple of mine may be dying. I bought the 4 back in March and was watering a few times a week, but it started raining about once a week back in June-July, so I stopped watering. Now, a couple of them look pretty scraggly. Did I kill them by not watering? It's been VERY hot down here in Georgia.
     
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    Temperate bamboos from Asia are adapted to monsoonal climates. As long as the soil is well drained, the more water the better. Once fully established (1-2 years), they can take some drought but yours are not there yet.
     

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