Moso Bamboo Seeds

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About & Species

Moso Bamboo
(Plyllostachys Pubescens)

The Moso Bamboo is the largest of the running bamboos. It can grow 70 to 90 feet tall. The Moso Bamboo is native to China and Japan where it grows in warm regions. Adult bamboo shoots can grow 18 inches per day. The Moso Bamboo is planted for fast growing erosion control, privacy screens and wind breaks. It is a winter hardy giant bamboo.  

Growth Rate: Fast

Soil Type: Prefers a deep fertile loam, moist, well-drained. Full sun or partial shade.

Zones: 7 to 10

Germination Range: N/A

Stratification Requirement: Soak seeds in a glass of water with 10% salt for about 15 minutes. Remove the seeds and transfer to clean water in a glass for 24 to 48 hours. Place seeds in seed starting mix in a plastic container under a growing light and on top of a seedling heat mat. Seeds will germinate better in a high humidity environment. The plastic container with lid will serve as a seed humidity dome. Poke a few holes in the lid to allow air inside the container. Germination will occur in 2-3 weeks.

Indoor Planting: If your seeds require stratification or scarification – do the recommended pretreatment before planting indoors. Planting Instructions: Fill a container with seed starting mix to about ½ inch from the top. Place your seeds 1 inch to 1 ½ inches below the soil surface. Gently water your seeds to keep moist, not soaking wet. Heat & humidity is critical for germination. Germination may occur in 1 week or as long as 3 months (depending on the species). Place the seed container on a heat mat under growing light(s). Keep your growing lights on 14 hours per day. Keep your heat mat on 24 hours per day. Once your seeds germinate, move each seed into its own container under the growing lights and on the heat mat. Keep your seedlings indoors for 2-3 months before transplanting outdoors in the spring (May to June).

Outdoor Planting: If your seeds do not require stratification: the best time to plant tree and shrub seeds outdoors is after the last frost in your area (spring). In the Northern states – the best time to plant seeds outdoors is from May to June. If your seeds require pretreatment: you should plant your seeds outdoors before the ground freezes in your area (late September to early November). Your seeds will naturally stratify during the cold winter. Germination usually occurs in May or during the spring season.