Mountain bamboo – planting and care

Mountain bamboo is a plant that does best out in the garden. It is excellent for use as a privacy screen and hedge, and you can let it grow together in a group or stand completely on its own. Mountain bamboo is a hardy and beautiful plant that does not spread wildly, which means that it is both grateful to plant and care for.

Scientific name (Latin): Fargesia murielae

Family: Grasses (Poaceae)

Planting and care 

Mountain bamboo is an easy plant to take care of and the majority of the time it takes care of itself and does not need tinkering. However, there can be a risk in the transitions between seasons, when mountain bamboo can be affected by the frost on the hill, at the same time as the warm spring sun shines. This can mean that mountain bamboo is affected by frost drought, and this is best avoided by protecting the plants from the sun until the frost in the ground has subsided. As a preventive measure, you can cover around the plants with some leaves in autumn. Mountain bamboo also does not need to be pruned.

Plant mountain bamboo

In order to give the best conditions for growing well, it is recommended to plant them with three or four pieces per meter, in case it is a hedge you are looking for. Mountain bamboo also thrives best in soil that is rich in loam and at the same time drained – ordinary planting soil works just fine. There are no major reasons to fertilize mountain bamboo because the plant is lush in itself, but if you want to take care of it in the very best way with the best results, garden manure and cow manure are recommended. Mountain bamboo is best planted in the spring.

A cozier framing of the garden with mountain bamboo

Many people today choose to use mountain bamboo as nests, which is beneficial in many ways. Due to its natural speed of growth, it is generally faster to grow a nice and tall hedge, and due to its density, it effectively creates a privacy screen that not only looks beautiful, but also maintains its leaves throughout the year.

Mountain bamboo also fits well around balconies and patios thanks to its cozy rustling sound when the wind takes hold of the small, greenish-white leaves that grow on the bamboo stems. Thanks to their endurance, they are also plants that are perfectly suited to our climate and they do best in plant zones 1-4.

Mountain bamboo thrives in many different types of locations, ranging from shady places to direct sun, but prefers to stand in a semi-shady place that is partially sheltered from the wind. Mountain bamboo also has different species, which grow to different heights, which makes it easy to choose exactly the variety that suits different situations. The bamboo bimbo variety is considerably more compact and lower than the others at just under 150 centimeters, while the jumbo variety can grow tall and straight at around 400 centimeters. There are also other varieties of mountain bamboo where the leaves have a deeper emerald green color or where the leaf loops are vampire red 

Brief facts 

  • Available in different varieties, with different lengths.
  • Belongs to the grass family, as bamboo shares many characteristics with grass.
  • Most popular type of bamboo in the Western world.
  • Blooms very rarely, with intervals of 40-120 years.
  • Like all bamboo, it grows quickly.