About Sacred Bamboo
Nandina domestica is an upright shrub with evergreen leaves that change to reddish-purple in fall. It spreads by suckers and is drought tolerant once established. Red leaf color and berries last into winter. When pruning, stagger lengths of canes, rather than pruning straight across.
Also known as
Heavenly Bamboo and Nandina
How to care for Sacred Bamboo
How often to water your Sacred Bamboo
Sacred Bamboo needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.
Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
Water 0.5 cups every
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Finding light for Sacred Bamboo in your home
Sacred Bamboo love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.
Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.
Sacred Bamboo does not tolerate low-light 🚫.
Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Sacred Bamboo in your home 🏡.
How to fertilize Sacred Bamboo
Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.
By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.
To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Sacred Bamboo after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.
Sacred Bamboo is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!
Sacred Bamboo prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
Sacred Bamboo requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.
Sacred Bamboo is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.
Sacred Bamboo does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!
Sacred Bamboo grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!
Sacred Bamboo grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.
USDA Hardiness Zone
Sacred Bamboo can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 6a-9b. Find your local hardiness zone here.
Sacred Bamboo can be propagated by division into new individual plants.
- Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
- If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
- Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
- Repot the parent plant back into its original pot
Care Summary for Sacred Bamboo
0.5 cups every 9 days
< 1ft from a window
Repot after 2x growth
Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.