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

Pygmy Bamboo

Botanical Name: Pieiobiastus pygmaeus

Description: Pygmy bamboo has its origins in Japan. This bamboo fits Japanese culture as it is well suited to being a bonsai plant. This also looks great as a pot or planter specimen within a Japanese inspired garden or courtyard. Pygmy Bamboo is a ground cover bamboo and one of the smallest. Pygmy bamboo will form a beautiful carpet of deep green leaves and culms. The leaves are generally green all year round, but a little bleaching may occur in winter. People enjoy planting pygmy as a lawn that could be walked on, clipped to any height or even mowed. If you want to keep this bamboo nice and bushy, give it a good cut back in early spring, which will trigger new growth. Pygmy prefers some shade; however, if planting in full sun, give it good water to moisten it. Pygmy bamboo is a ground cover spreading type of bamboo that acts similar to running bamboo but not as invasive. Root barriers are recommended to control where this grows; however, we have control Pygmy with only one sleeper, and it has not escaped onto our walkway.

Bamboo of all types from Bamboo Creations Victoria
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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  • Pygmy bamboo is a reasonably rapid growing bamboo and can reach full height in about 1 to 2 years, depending on conditions and the purchase size of the 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
  • Suited for pots and planters
  • It is suited as a ground cover over rock walls
  • Used as a lawn
  • Fertilise regularly to promote vigorous growth and more vibrant leaves


Welcome to Bamboo Creations’ new website and Online Shop. Here you’ll find we have several bamboos we can have posted to you by Australia Post.

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?

We also have many bamboo products you can purchase from our Online Shop.

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