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Arundinaria 'Pygmaea', (15cm pot) commonly known as Dwarf Bamboo or Pygmy Bamboo, is a charming and versatile plant that can thrive in a pond environment, adding a unique touch to aquatic landscapes. Here's a care sheet to help you cultivate Arundinaria 'Pygmaea' in your pond:


  • Arundinaria 'Pygmaea' thrives in moist, well-drained soil and prefers partial to full sunlight. When growing it in a pond environment, ensure that it receives ample sunlight throughout the day.
  • Place the plant in water depths where the base of the stems is submerged but the foliage extends above the water surface. This will allow it to flourish while adding an aesthetic appeal to your pond.

Water Quality:

  • Maintain good water quality in the pond by regularly testing and monitoring parameters such as pH, ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates.
  • Ensure that the water is not stagnant, as stagnant water can lead to oxygen depletion and promote the growth of algae and other unwanted organisms.
  • Consider adding a biological filter or incorporating aquatic plants to help maintain water quality and provide natural filtration.


  • Plant Arundinaria 'Pygmaea' in a mixture of aquatic planting media and clay soil to provide adequate nutrients and stability for the roots.
  • Ensure that the soil remains consistently moist, but avoid waterlogging, as excessive moisture can lead to root rot.


  • While Arundinaria 'Pygmaea' can benefit from occasional fertilization, it typically does not require heavy feeding in a pond environment.
  • Use a slow-release aquatic fertilizer or a balanced fertilizer specifically formulated for aquatic plants, following the manufacturer's instructions.


  • Regularly remove any dead or decaying foliage to maintain the plant's health and appearance.
  • Monitor the growth of Arundinaria 'Pygmaea' to prevent overcrowding, as excessive growth can lead to competition for nutrients and space.
  • Prune the plant as needed to control its size and shape, ensuring that it does not encroach on other aquatic plants or obstruct water flow in the pond.

Winter Care:

  • In regions with cold winters, Arundinaria 'Pygmaea' may require protection from freezing temperatures.
  • Consider moving potted plants to a sheltered location or providing frost protection such as floating pond heaters or insulating covers to prevent damage from frost.

Pest and Disease Control:

  • Monitor the plant for signs of pests such as aphids, mealybugs, or scale insects. Treat infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil.
  • Keep an eye out for fungal diseases such as leaf spot or rust, particularly in humid conditions. Provide good air circulation and avoid overcrowding to minimize the risk of disease.

By following these care guidelines, you can cultivate Arundinaria 'Pygmaea' successfully in your pond environment, creating a beautiful and thriving aquatic landscape.

arundinaria 'pygmaea' - Dwarf or Pygmy Bamboo

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