How to germinate BAMBOO SEEDS?
Best condition for germinating bamboo seeds:
Temperature: 23-28 ℃ for cold hardy species- Phyllostachys, Fargesia, Qiongzhuea, Chimonobambusa etc.
25-32 ℃ for tropical species - Dendrocalamus, Bambusa, Cephalostachyum, etc.
Moisture: 80-90% in air, 60-70% in soil
For small amount of bamboo seeds, we suggest sowing in tray with soil or on wet tissue paper.
For large amount of bamboo seeds, we suggest sowing on seedbed in green house.
I: Sow on wet tissue
If it's the first time for you to grow bamboo seeds, or you never succeeded in germinating bamboo seeds before, please start with a small quantity of 1-2 grams following the steps below:
Step 1: Wash and Soak. Wash seeds in clean water 2-3 times, then soak seeds in water for 24-36 hours, change water very 6-8 hours. Make sure all seeds are in water.
Step 2: Treatment againts fungi and disease. Treat the seeds in fungicide + growth regulator solution for 1-2 hours (not a must).
Step 3: Sowing. Put 3-4 layers of wet tissue on the bottom of the container. Lay seeds evenly on wet tissue. Cover the container. (if lid is not available, put container inside plastic bag). Lay containers in sun if temperature is lower than 25 centigrade; in shade if temperature is over 30 centigrade.
Usually water absorbed by tissue paper is enough for seeds to germinate and the seeds won’t dry out. But attention shall be given to the situation, just in case.
Sprouts will be seen within one week. The first bud is usually root, then the stem followed. You will see growth of roots, stems and leaves in the 2nd-3rd week.
Step 4: Pot Up. When 1-2 leaves start to grow, it’s time to move the plants to soil. Usually one seedling in one pot. Usually fertile sandy loam or humus.