Bamboo Bonsai

I saw a thread a couple of years back regarding bamboo bonsai and I saw the picture They were awesome! I want to try it now. Has anyone on this thread tried the bamboo bonsai over the past couple of years and have been sucessful? Care to post some pics? The pic of the bonsai black bamboo was truly beautiful!

plumeriafl:

This isn’t my photo. I saved it a while back from some website. Not exactly bonsai, but it has some of the bonsai appeal. This is Bambusa vulgaris “Wamin”

Bambusa vulgaris “Wamin

Bambusa vulgaris “Wamin

cmontross:

I am not into bonsai, though I have been keeping a Ph. n. Henon in a pint container for over a year and will continue to occassionally put small rhizome divisions into pot to attempt to establish. At least I claim I am not into bonsai although I am trying to bonsai bamboo, without putting any true effort into it.
Chris

While not a bonsai, I found some bamboo sheets at: http;//bambooforlife.com/bamboo-sheets. I highly recommend them for after you’ve toiled in the garden, and worked the soil.

 

butterfly4u(Aiken, SC zone 8):

Chris,
Sounds like indirectly you are bonsiaing,(is that a word?)
a Ph. N Henon.
I am growing Buddah’s from seed and now I am definately going to try to bonsai it. Buddah’s would look great as a bonsai.
I have some Ph. Nigra but would have to wait til it shoots,(after this winter, if it shoots)to see if I can try that also.
I would think bamboo would be difficult to bonsai due to it’s fast growth rate, but oh it is so beautiful in those bonsai pics.
Good Luck.

cmontross:

Dwarf Bamboo

Dwarf Bamboo

Keeping it in a small pot seems to be doing the trick so far. Time will tell. Sizing up of bamboo is an opportunity issue. Room to grow, Room to get big. I haven’t even considered root trimming at this point, but expect after this summer it probably will be.
Chris

 

I do some bonsai. Mostly japanese maples, but some bamboo also. I find dwarf bamboo the best to use. Link below is a pic. of one I made. I got my bamboo from Jungle Bamboo and Palms, in Cotati, Ca. They have healthy plants and quite a variety. I recommend them. Here is a link that might be useful: