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Q.Can A Small Bamboo Tree Grow Outdoors In Coastal Southern California?

Zone 92054 | apanelli added on August 18, 2020 | Answered

Hello, I am unfortunately not very knowledgeable about plants or any flora for that matter. In fact, I’m probably the only person I know who could kill a plastic plant! I live in Northern San Diego County, about 1.5 miles as the crow flies from the Pacific Ocean. A couple of years ago, my girlfriend gifted a small bamboo tree in a tiny pot. I was certain that I would kill it, but somehow it has survived and dare I say it, thrived! It is now roughly 2.5 feet tall and I am concerned that its roots are being constrained. If I were to replant this ambitious bamboo outdoors, would it survive? If so, where would it grow best, in shade? I ask because I’ve kept it in an area of my apartment that does not get direct sunlight and seems to have done well. Any help/guidance/direction is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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Answered on August 18, 2020

Bamboo is considered an invasive grass in many parts of the world. This may be why it has done well in your apartment.

Wherever you plant it, be sure that it cannot escape into surrounding areas, since it will crowd, outcompete, and kill off anything in the area.

Be sure to check with your local authorities to make sure that it is not blacklisted in your area, since introducing invasive species can come with some hefty legal repercussions.

Here is an article that will help you to grow bamboo:


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