Bamboo is easy to grow indoors. If you live in cooler climates, it’s a good way to bring the tropics inside. Though you will find some of the 1500 varieties of bamboo hardy to 20 below zero (F).
And inch for inch, bamboo consumes more CO2 and produces the most oxygen than any other plant, purifying the air. Having lived in a completely sealed house during (many) winter months up north, this is appealing to me. It’s not good to keep re-breathing the same air. Which is why we get sick when we travel in airplanes.
Bamboo indoors can be an integral part of your decor, as some varieties are very tall. These can be planted in wide troughs and used as a divider between two rooms, a screen in front of a window with a less-than-attractive view or keep it confined to a well-lit corner in a room with a vaulted ceiling.
Choose a pot that is wider than you think you need, as bamboo will grow new shoots, even confined in a pot. Give it a little room to grow. Since the roots aren’t very deep, a tall pot is not as essential.
Prepare the pot by placing stones or packing peanuts in the very bottom for drainage and then adding soil. Once the bamboo is planted, you can decorate the top of the soil with rocks or a compatible ground-cover like baby tears.
Let dry in between watering and fertilize annually with a grass fertilizer.
Another way to bring bamboo into your home is to purchase decorative “lucky bamboo” available everywhere. Since it lives in water and rocks, this variety definitely needs feeding, but it will do well for years. Once it gets too big, cut it down and it will come back. Bamboo is cool like that.
Fun fact: bamboo is stronger than steel.