How to Grow and Care Shibataea Lancifolia | Lewis Bamboo


In our bamboo blog, we talk about shibataea lancifolia bamboo plant grow and care. It’s easy to grow, quick to establish, and can be trained into a variety of shapes. It’s a great plant for climbers, shade, or sun, but it can also be grown as a ground cover or even in water. There are many species of bamboo plants, and they come in a wide variety of sizes and colours. Some are extremely hardy, some are more tender, and some are extremely slow growing.

Shibataea Lancifolia

Scientific NameShibataea Lancifolia
Maximum Height7 feet
Maximum Diameter0.25 inch
Minimum Temperature0 °F

Characteristics of Shibataea Lancifolia

Bamboo is one of the easiest bamboos to grow in the home garden. This bamboowill spread rapidly and even if pruned back, it will not be noticeably weaker.

Bamboo has a long, slender look that is perfect for many types of landscapes and gardening. This plant lasts for years to come and will be a welcome addition to your garden for years to come.

How Bamboo Grows

I love this book because it teaches you how to grow bamboo, and why it grows differently than most plants. If you have bamboo in your yard, this book will show you how to care for it and help it grow into something amazing.

Each year’s growth emerges and grows to it complete height within 60-90 days. As they grow larger, they spread, filling in and providing a screen. There is a link that will help you learn how bamboo grows.

If you are starting a planting in your area, this is a great source of information. It’s worth the time, even though it’s a lot of information.

Planting Instructions

There is a plant for planting Bamboo. It is very straightforward to plant bamboo. The root ball is about the same size as the hole you are about to dig. Composted manure and a good top soil are what you should amend your soil with when you plant the bamboo. It is possible to plant bamboo at the ground level or slightly deeper.

Get the information on how to plant your seeds. This will give you a chance to start off right. More information can be found on our Planting Instructions Page.

Spacing between plants

Planting bamboo with 3 to 5 feet in between should provide adequate privacy for you and your family. It should take 2 to 4 years for the bamboo to mature enough for you to plant other things.

This book will hopefully help you to have a good screen in three years. There are many factors such as water, sunlight, and climate zones that speeds up or slows down the process.

Three years is the average spacing between each plant. Closer planting will allow you to screen or develop your grove more quickly, but it is not recommended to over plant the bamboos.

Maintenance Shibataea Lancifolia

Grow Maintenance Shibataea Lancifolia are native to the West Coast of North America and are found in many countries worldwide. They are also known as Japanese Laurel. A popular plant for its glossy foliage and beautiful purple flowers. It is often used for landscape design and as a specimen tree.


Fertilizing. Bamboo can benefit from a fertilization program. You can safely fertilize your bamboo once it has been in the ground for one month. A time release fertilizer will work great. Time release fertilizers allow for proper absorption in case your soil is out of PH balance.

We provide some fertilizer to help with growth. We fertilize once a year in the early spring to encourage new growth and once during the middle of the year to replenish nutrients that are being depleted. Check out our recommended fertilizer:


Bamboo is a very attractive ornamental grass that grows in a variety of hues and shades, so it can easily be blended with other plants in your garden. It can grow in many different climates, so you should get it if you live somewhere with mild winters and hot summers.

We’ve been growing bamboo since 1985 and had experience with it long before that. The bamboo’s underground root system (rhizome) will spread beyond the initial planting over the years, so in the next two or three years you’ll need to decide on some method of containment on the sides you don’t want the rhizomes to run over into.

We’ve constructed a page addressing multiple methods of controlling bamboo. It includes root pruning, mowing new shoots, and in ground barriers:Controlling Bamboo. So it may discourage you, but with maintenance, bamboo can be a good addition to your landscape.

Bamboo is very beautiful, and is great in a Japanese style garden, but it does need maintenance down the road. It may seem like nothing is happening at first, but in three to five years you will have a lot of canes and love the foliage.

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