I have 2 bamboo trees (Phyllostachys nigra) approximately 1 meter in height each. I would like to propagate new bamboo plants from cuttings. Is this possible?

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    Bamboo cuttings (both cases) can be kept in water for few days till new roots began to appear.. then you can transplant it to potting soil... it will surely work!
    – jaczjill
    Sep 18, 2013 at 6:59
  • Just to add some relevant information - @jaczjill worked perfectly. I kept them in water (with very little kelp fertilizer) for three days and they started developing small roots - transplanted them to potting soil immediately and they seem very happy!
    – Rudolph
    Oct 10, 2013 at 12:00

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Bamboo cuttings (both cases) can be kept in water for a few days until new roots begin to appear. The cuttings can then be transplanted to potting soil.

  • where should you take the cuttings from? Old growth, new growth?
    – kevinskio
    Oct 12, 2013 at 0:57
  • A healthy (properly grown), stem works efficiently..! However, I have never tried with new buds.
    – jaczjill
    Oct 26, 2013 at 16:12
  • I took fresh "branches" from the plant, no thicker than 1mm.
    – Rudolph
    Oct 28, 2013 at 14:20

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