Bamboo Creations Nursery, Riddells Creek
Bamboo Creations Nursery, Riddells Creek

Dwarf Fernleaf Bamboo

Botanical Name: Pieioblastus pygmaeus var. distichus
Description: Native to Japan, Dwarf Fern-leaf Bamboo is the most miniature bamboo. The growing habit is very much like Pygmy. Dwarf Fern-leaf is a compact, evergreen bamboo well suited to Bonsai planting. It can also plant it in a pot or planter to add a touch of Japan to any garden. It gets its name Dwarf “Fern-leaf” because the leaves of this plant fan out in groups of 5 or so, making them look very much like a fern or palm. It is very tough and can perform well as a ground cover plant to cover bare areas, slopes or banks. As this is a ground cover bamboo, it can be invasive. However, we have managed to contain it with just one sleeper as a border.

It can be controlled using a border or root barrier. People have also been known to plant Dwarf Fern-leaf as a lawn. It can be walked on, cut to any size and even mowed. A maintenance task for this plant is to remove dead or damaged canes through the year and cut the canes to 20cm high at the end of winter.

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Bamboo of all types from Bamboo Creations Victoria
Bamboo of all types from Bamboo Creations Victoria
Bamboo of all types from Bamboo Creations Victoria
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  • Dwarf Fern-leaf bamboo is a relatively rapid growing bamboo and can reach full height in about 1 to years depending on the size of the purchased pot.
  • Full sun to part shade or filtered light
  • Water well and keep moist when planting until well established
  • Keep well mulched
  • Loves a drink including a good rainfall
  • It needs to be kept moist primarily through the growing season.
  • Cut back in early spring to promote new foliage.
  • Cut out any flowering shoots promptly to discourage more from forming, to promote vigorous growth and more vibrant leaves,
  • It is suited for pots and planters.
  • It is suited as a ground cover over rocky gardens.
  • Used as a lawn
  • Fertilise regularly to promote vigorous growth and more vibrant leaves.


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Do you know Bamboo is the fastest growing plant in the world? Wouldn’t you rather look at a beautiful green living plant than an everyday fence?

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