How Fast Does Bamboo Grow?

Some species of bamboo grow up to a foot or more each day, while the new shoots of some species grow more than a yard each day. Some bamboo grows to be more than 100 feet tall.

Bamboo develops new cells while still underground, and by filling these cells with water, the plant grows rapidly. Bamboo is a type of grass divided into two types: running bamboo and clumping bamboo. Both types spread using rhizomes that grow between 2 to 18 inches underground. The rhizomes of clumping bamboo do not spread quickly, while the rhizomes of running bamboo grow rapidly and spread quickly.