Bamboo houseplants can be grown indoors if you provide adequate light and humidity. They need regular watering and pruning, though they can handle a bit of neglect.
While most people are familiar with the short, stout, bright green bundles of lucky bamboo plants, it is not actually bamboo.
Golden bamboo is one of the most popular indoor bamboos to grow, and its large size and exotic appearance make it an excellent focal point. Bamboo is a known air purifier and is a symbol of strength, growth, and flexibility.
Bamboo is from the subfamily Bambusoideae, of the grass family Poaceae. This means they are tall, perennial grasses.
The most common place for bamboo to grow natively is Southeast Asia.
Bamboo is a member of the grass family. It is usually vibrant green or golden-brown and is a woody plant with hollow canes and feathery lance-shaped leaves.
Types Of Bamboo Houseplants
There are over 1,200 types of bamboo plants. Here are some of the most common types:
Buddha Bamboo (Bambusa ventricosa)
Friendship Bamboo (Dracaena Braunii)
Giant Leaved Bamboo (Indocalamus Tessellatus)
Golden Bamboo (Phyllostachys aurea)
Hedge Bamboo (Phyllostachys glauca)
Lucky Bamboo, (Dracaena sanderiana)
Succulent Bamboo (Poaceae bambusoideae)
Umbrella Bamboo (Fargesia murielae)
Bamboo Houseplant Styling
Most questions about bamboo styling refer to lucky bamboo arrangements, which are not true bamboo plants. Lucky bamboo indoor plants have become wildly popular recently and are commonly styled in deep, square pots of rocks and water.
Golden bamboo and other true bamboo varieties can grow quite large. They need a large, heavy, sturdy pot with plenty of sun and humidity. They’re happy in your sunniest window or as focal points in corners with plenty of natural light.
Smaller, bonsai-type bamboos also exist. These plants have shallow roots and look good styled in wide, flat pots. With rocks and moss added to the planter, they can resemble a mini jungle!
A large pot of bamboo makes a dramatic backdrop to a grouping of plants. Good choices include snake plants for vertical interest and trailing Pothos across the ground.