The bamboo palm is a gorgeous plant, no wonder why they are loved in the decorative plant department, indoor or outdoors. So it is definitely possible to have an indoor bamboo palm growing in your home. If you are interested in getting all the information you can about growing bamboo inside, stick around to find out.
Bamboo palm (chamaedorea seifrizii) is a native plant of the forests of Guatemala, Mexico, and Honduras. And it can also be found often growing in places like Hawaii and Florida, where they have been cultivated.
These plants are shade lovers, they like plenty of water, and can survive in relatively low temperatures, so it really a great plant to add to any environment, this includes homes, areas in the garden where there is shade, malls, and offices. Having a bamboo palm houseplant is amazing because they are quite low maintenance, they are very beautiful, and they are also really good at purifying the air. They have the ability to filter toxins that are harmful from the air, offering the environment around them healthier and cleaner air.
Taking Care of a Bamboo Plant Indoors
- Watering your indoor bamboo palm. How often to water bamboo indoors? These plants like to be in soil that is consistently moist, now notice that this does not mean that the soil should be overwatered, leaving it soggy and wet, this won’t be good for your plant. Instead what you are aiming for, is to add enough water to maintain the moisture level of the soil steady, not too dry, not too wet. If you overwater the soil there is a big chance of it causing the roots to rot. If you’re not sure about the amount of water, it is better that you allow the top layer of soil to dry out a bit between waterings, being a little under-watered is better for these plants than being over-watered. This is one of the most important things when growing a bamboo houseplant. But no need to worry, once you create a watering routine for your bamboo you will easily know exactly how much water it needs. Bamboo palm plants have a sensitivity to salt, which builds up in the soil when softened water is used for watering. So really the best water to use for watering your bamboo palm is either distilled water or rainwater, which is a better option even. Watering your houseplant with water from the rain is great for a number of reasons. The first one being, the plants really like it. Rainwater has the presence of minerals that give the plants a boost for growing healthy, watering with this type of water will contribute to the nutrition of your plant. It is good for the environment for obvious reasons because if you leave a watering can outside to collect the water when the rain falls, the water that might have gone waisted can be reused. Using rainwater is the best option if you want to avoid the effects that water with salt deposits has on bamboo palm plants. When there is a build-up of salt in the soil, leaf burn can happen, which results in an unhealthy look for your plants. If, however, this has already happened and you see these effects on your plant the soil can be leached by using clean water to flush it. The procedure is, you keep pouring water in the soil of your plant, letting it come out of the drainage holes until the water that is coming out is clear. By doing this, you will clean your plant of a good part of the salt deposits that accumulated there, which will then give your bamboo a chance to begin recovering from the damage. Foliage that suffered leaf burn should get cut off. I recommend that after that you start using rainwater.
- Temperature. Bamboo palms adapt well to different temperatures and are capable of adjusting to temperature variations, but the temperature range in which they grow the healthiest is between 18 degrees to 23 degrees celsius. They don’t do well when the temperatures are extreme so you’ll need to make sure to keep them away from areas where there are cold drafts in your home, windows, and entryways for example. They should also be kept away from heaters and air conditioners. When growing bamboo palms in an area with warmer weather you may move your bamboo palm indoor plant outdoors for some time, just make sure that if there are drops in the temperature you move them back inside, ideally before the drop happens. If you live in an area where the temperature remains above 12 degrees celsius even in the winter, you can choose to keep your bamboo outside for the whole year.
- Light requirements. This plant grows well in a wide range of light conditions, making it a great plant choice for a variety of environments. The growth of the bamboo will likely happen slightly faster if it gets indirect, bright light, but in any case, it is not a super fast-growing plant anyway, and it can thrive in lower light conditions. They originally grow in the shade of bigger trees, in forests, so it is used to growing in lower light conditions. They can thrive and grow happily in areas where they don’t get a lot of light. Which makes them great house and office plants. What you’ll want to avoid is having it in a spot where it is exposed to direct, bright light, because if they are exposed like that is likely the leaves will get scorched. So whichever way you choose to grow your bamboo, indoors or outdoors, remember to offer it protection from direct sunlight. It is also important for you to be aware of the fact that the amount of water you will need to give to your plant will be affected by the amount of light it is exposed to, more light, more water, less light, less water.
- Humidity. An environment with moderate to high levels of humidity is ideal for this plant to thrive. But it does better with high humidity. If it is possible for you to offer your bamboo plant an environment with high humidity, that will be the best. Apart from the fact that the plant grows better in high humidity, it will also help you avoid issues with spider mites, which is a pest that is common to the bamboo palm. Spider mites usually need dry air, so try to avoid placing your plant in areas of your home where the air tends to get dry. Keep it away from stoves and heaters, especially during the winter. If it is possible to keep your plant in high humidity areas in your home, it will be better, places like the kitchen or bathroom, the air moisture in these places tends to be high because it is where there is often use of water.
- Repotting bamboo house plant. Your bamboo plant should be repotted once the container where it is in has become too small for it.
- After purchase, transplant the bamboo house plant as soon as you can.
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