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Regularly fertilizing bamboo is essential if you want to enjoy the giant grass of the grasses (Poaceae) for a long time. This is especially true for plants that are kept in the bucket. But even if the bamboo is planted as a screen, hedge or just as a special eye-catcher in the garden, he needs consistent fertilization.
The right fertilizer for bamboo
Sweet grasses like bamboo need enough potassium and nitrogen to thrive and maintain their fresh-green appearance. With regular fertilizer you keep the giant grass healthy and ensure a lush and dense growth. Get back on special bamboo fertilizer that you get in stores or in the garden center. Whether in liquid form or as granules is up to you. But you can also use lawn-long-term fertilizer. The commercially available mixtures with nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium are ideal for fertilizing ornamental grasses such as bamboo. But beware: The nitrogen content should not be too high. This reduces the frost hardiness of the plants.
If you like it more naturally, you can also use plant broth from nettles or comfrey to fertilize your bamboo. A mixture of horn meal / horn chips and compost provides the plants also very well with nutrients.
From horn shavings and compost it is easy to mix an organic fertilizer for bamboo
If you have access to it, at the end of winter you can spread horse or cattle manure on the beds. He should be deposited at least half a year. Horse and cattle manure contains a lot of nitrogen and is therefore very healthy for bamboo plants. Important: Over-fertilization leads to excessive salt concentration in the soil and causes the leaves of the bamboo to burn and become straw-like. If this happens, do not immediately cut off the dried leaves, but wait until the plant repelled them by itself and formed new leaves.
The best time to fertilize
When planting, it is best to apply a layer of compost and horn meal about five centimeters high. Otherwise, bamboo is fertilized in the period from April to August. Especially in gardens with potassium-poor soils, fertilization with turf autumn fertilizer in August helps the bamboo to become more frost-hardy and robust, as it contains plenty of potassium. This is how the bamboo gets better through the winter. Bring the fertilizer but not later than in August, otherwise the new shoots are soft and the winter temperatures usually survive worse.
Fertilize bamboo in the pot
Bamboo, which is cultivated in the bucket, requires a particularly consistent supply of nutrients - otherwise it becomes susceptible to disease. In addition to regular fertilizer, also in the period from spring to summer, it has been proven not to remove fallen leaves immediately, but to leave them on the substrate. They contain valuable ingredients such as silicon, which benefits the bamboo.