I brought a packet of little bamboo plat seeds from eBay, i am not sure if this is really a species they just look good in eBay post.

Now its been around 3 months and they are growing.. I tried to put a stick with plant to keep them straight but these bamboo plants are not keeping them-self straight also they are not looking like they looked in the eBay post. Can you guys identified which bamboo species is this and how they will look like when they will get bigger. And most importantly what should i do to keep them straight and healthy? What water and soil requirements? Currently soil is cocopeat + vermi compost and i water them whenever soil seems dry.

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    I posted an answer, but could not ID the species. Could you post what the Ebay listing said this bamboo was? It should be on your e-receipt. Or even better... Are they still selling them on Ebay - you could post that too? Nov 27, 2015 at 17:03

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First, bamboo are really difficult to ID. I don't think I could do it from what you have. It does, however look like true bamboo, a grass that is 'woody' and does not die back to the ground. Lots of other plants are called bamboo and are not a grass at all, though I don't really argue with common names.

Ebay is notorious for having listings that are inaccurate with plants. Anybody can list, and they can have various backgrounds, not necessarily in horticulture or Botany. I do however get plants off Ebay and they are often unavailable from anywhere else. Some have really good info, better then nurseries, from people with real experience growing them day to day. It looks like you got a nice plant out of it.

Further, bamboo seeds are nearly never produced. This is probably not important to your situation as I think you did get real bamboo seeds ... They may not produce offspring exactly like the parent (that's how we get the multitude of cultivars - cultivated varieties of bamboo). They may also look quite different when young. It's also possible the lister just put up a generic photo of bamboo and has nothing to do with what you got. This is often stated somewhere in small of hard-to-find text.

As far as growth. It looks like you are doing what you need to do. Bamboo will droop. In the 'wild' some species grow together when young, supporting each other, but droop quite a bit on the margins. You just need to support them till the stems harden. Eventually your bamboo will send up lots of shoots and should be sort of self supporting, though those on the edge of the pot may still droop, but this can look quite nice.

Bamboo like abundant nutrients, especially nitrogen. But if you fertilize, it's hard to have the plant show nutrient deficiencies. Just remember to add nutrients as they mature. It might also help to re-pot them occasionally. They re-pot really easily and this can revitalize them too. I 'recycle' the old soil into new by composting it. Don't ever use it for seedlings, however.

When a few more years old, your bamboo may be identifiable. Or maybe someone out there has an idea. There simply is not enough for me to put through a key.


I also have a bamboo plant which looks the same. I got it from a local nursery. I cannot tell you the name, however, I can tell you that when the new shoots comes out from the base of the plant, they may have a tendency to bend. You may tie jute ropes around the plant along the length of the plant to keep them straight. For nutrients, I think you are doing well with compost/vermi-compost. But note that bamboos need a lot of water and thrive in humid conditions. So, take care of watering the plants well. If leaves on some of the shoots/branches dry out, do not cut away the shoot/branch. Leave them and you would soon fine new leaves appearing.


Don't worry! Your bamboo is growing in right way. I suggest that you shift it on ground. Upto one year it will grow like a grass. And then it starts growing some thicker as pencils and grow up to three to four feet straight and then start shooting and loss its straightness. Gradually again start growing some more thicker as thick as thumb and raise upto five to six feet and so on. And after two years you will get more thicker as two inches diameter. This is my own experience, I have a bamboo plant too and at the beginning I was also very nervous. But now my bamboo plant is growing in a right way.

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