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This VERY VERSETILE plant can be used in a Wet, Medium wet and dry terrarium

These portions are soldin a netpot of 5cm (standard aquarium potted plant pot)


Pygmy Bamboo (Arundinaria 'pygmaea') Terrarium Care Sheet:

Terrarium Setup:

  • Compact Bamboo Variety: Pygmy Bamboo, or Arundinaria 'pygmaea,' is a dwarf bamboo suitable for terrariums.
  • Deep Container: Use a deep terrarium container to accommodate the bamboo's root system.


  • Moderate Indirect Light: Provide moderate, indirect light. Pygmy Bamboo can adapt to lower light conditions but will thrive with brighter, filtered light.
  • Avoid Direct Sunlight: Shield the bamboo from direct sunlight to prevent leaf burn.


  • Consistent Moisture: Keep the soil consistently moist, mimicking the bamboo's natural habitat.
  • Watering Frequency: Water when the top inch of the soil feels slightly dry. Adjust watering frequency based on environmental conditions.


  • High Humidity Preferred: Pygmy Bamboo prefers high humidity. Mist the plant regularly, especially in drier environments or during the winter months.


  • Moderate Temperatures: Maintain a moderate temperature range, ideally between 60°F to 75°F (15°C to 24°C).
  • Avoid Drafts: Protect the bamboo from drafts, as sudden temperature fluctuations can stress the plant.


  • Balanced Fertilizer: Feed with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer during the growing season (spring to early fall).
  • Dilute Fertilizer: Dilute the fertilizer to half or quarter strength to avoid over-fertilization.


  • Remove Dead or Yellowed Leaves: Prune away dead or yellowed leaves regularly to promote a tidy appearance.
  • Contain Growth: Pygmy Bamboo is a clumping variety, but occasional pruning can help control its size.


  • Suitable for Medium to Large Terrariums: Pygmy Bamboo is suitable for medium to large terrariums with enough vertical space.
  • Combine with Other Tropical Plants: Pair with other tropical plants to create a lush and diverse terrarium ecosystem.


  • Division: Propagate through division by separating rhizomes. Replant divisions in fresh soil.

Display Considerations:

  • Background Foliage: Use Pygmy Bamboo as a background plant to provide vertical interest.
  • Create a Bamboo Grove: Plant multiple stems close together to create a miniature bamboo grove effect.


  • Watch for Overgrowth: Monitor for signs of overgrowth, especially in smaller terrariums. Prune as needed to maintain a balanced appearance.
  • Inspect for Pests: Regularly check for pests, such as spider mites, especially in drier conditions.

Winter Care:

  • Reduce Watering in Winter: During the winter months, reduce watering slightly as growth slows down.

By following these care guidelines, you can successfully cultivate Pygmy Bamboo in your terrarium, bringing a touch of exotic greenery and elegance to your miniature indoor garden. Adjust care practices based on the specific conditions in your terrarium and the needs of other plants in the setup.

Pygmy Bamboo - Arundinaria 'pygmaea' - Potted

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