Shibataea lancifolia, commonly known as the lance-leaf bamboo, is a species of bamboo native to the mountainous regions of China and Japan. Shibataea lancifolia is a running, evergreen bamboo that typically grows from 1.5 to 2m in. height. It features slender culms (stems) that are
smooth and greenish-yellow in colour. The lance-shaped leaves are long and narrow, giving the plant its common name.
This bamboo species is known for its compact and dense growth habit, making it an excellent choice for hedges, borders, and planters or pots. The culms grow close together, forming a dense screen of foliage. Hardy and adaptable: Shibataea lancifolia is considered a hardy bamboo and can tolerate a wide range of climatic conditions. It thrives in the Morning sun to partial shade and prefers well-draining soil.
Lance-leaf bamboo is relatively low-maintenance and doesn’t require frequent pruning or extensive care. However, it’s important to regularly water the plant during dry periods, especially when it’s newly planted.
Due to its dense growth habit, Shibataea lancifolia is often used as an effective for a small privacy screen. It can also be used for slope erosion control or as a background plant in garden beds. The lance-shaped leaves lend an attractive, tropical look to any landscape.
Shibataea lancifolia is a running bamboo. Running bamboo is known for its vigorous growth habit and tendency to spread through underground rhizomes, which can form dense bamboo thickets over time. It is important to consider containment methods such as root barriers when planting running bamboo to prevent it from spreading beyond desired boundaries. Regular removal of unwanted culms and rhizomes can help prevent excessive expansion and maintain the desired shape of the plant.
This bamboo species provides cover and nesting sites for various small animals, such as birds and insects. It can contribute to creatinga more biodiverse environment in your garden.
Light requirements: Shibataea Lancifolia prefers partial shade to filtered sunlight. Avoid placing it in direct sunlight, as this can scorch the leaves.
Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water the plant thoroughly whenever the top inch of soil feels slightly dry. Avoid letting the soil completely dry out or become waterlogged, as both conditions can harm the plant.
Soil: Use well-draining soil that retains moisture. A mix of regular potting soil and organic compost works well. Avoid using heavy clay-based soil as it can hinder drainage.
Temperature and humidity: Shibataea Lancifolia thrives in a moderate temperature range of around 15-27°C. It prefers high humidity levels, so misting the leaves regularly or placing a tray of water nearby can help increase humidity.
Fertilising: Lance-leaf bamboo benefits from regular fertilisation during the growing season. Apply a balanced, slow-release fertiliser specifically formulated for bamboo plants. And also a high Nitrogen. You can find out more about fertilising in our blog, Feeding your bamboo.
Pruning: Remove any damaged, yellowing, or dead leaves regularly to maintain the plant's appearance. Trim back any overgrown or wayward stems to maintain the desired shape. Use sharp and sterilised pruning shears to prevent the spread of diseases.
Repotting: Shibataea Lancifolia prefers to be slightly root-bound, so repotting is typically required only every 2-3 years. When repotting, choose a container that is 1-2 sizes larger than the current one. Ensure that the new pot has drainage holes to prevent water logging.