All around the world the bamboo plant is admired. It is one of the most beautiful of all the species. There are now vast numbers of types of orchids, some of these are expensive to buy while some are quiet cheap. Equally some orchids require very specific environments to grow and flourish while others are of a sturdier constitution. However, the bamboo plant is a rare breed and therefore not for a novice gardener.
The bamboo plant has a lovely aromatic fragrance, emitted from flowers which are usually soft purple, pale pink or a delicate white. Unlike many orchids the bamboo plant will grow quite high in the wild, sometimes as tall as five feet. There are some environments in which the bamboo will blossom all year round, but it is usually found in flower during summer and through to autumn. The soft colours and the fragrance of the bamboo plant flowers is a great attraction for butterflies, bees and birds. The bamboo plant gets it name from the tall stiff stems which can look like reeds, unlike the usual stems.
The Pacific islands and many areas in Asia are the natural home of the bamboo plant. It is now however, growing in Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Panama and is found in large amounts in Hawaii. Despite this increase in the number of areas where the bamboo plant is now growing, there are still risks of extinction in some areas. It is believed that there may be less than two hundred plants now growing in the wild in Singapore; it is thought that the reason for the drop in the number of population of the bamboo plant in this area is due to the destruction of the rainforests.
The bamboo plant can be kept successfully as an indoor plant, however, you will need to make sure that the environment is suitable and that the situation of the plant is correct. The bamboo plant likes humidity at a minimum of fifty percent. If you are in a dry climate you can place a bowl of water near the plant which will gradually evaporate into the atmosphere creating the desired humidity. The bamboo plant does like the sun, however, it will need shade as well, so near a window would probably offer the best place for your indoor bamboo plant. If you live in the tropics you will be able to grow the bamboo plant outside.
As will all orchids the bamboo plant needs to be grown on the correct environment, if you are thinking of growing an it is best to find a local specialist or visit a good garden centre for advice before you buy and they will also be able to make sure that you buy the most suitable species for your situation.