Bambusa Ventricosa is popularly known as the Buddha's Belly Bamboo or the Buddha Bamboo. It comes from the genus Bambusa and belongs to the family of Monocots.
Buddha Bamboo is found to be native to Vietnam and the province of Guangdong situated in the Southern parts of China. Given so, Bambusa Ventricosa is one of the most widely grown plants in most of the subtropical regions of the world.
It is one of the toughest of the tropical clumping bamboos, but it is also the only one that can thrive and grow indoors.
Being a species of the bamboo, this plant has an average growth of 6m to 10m in height.
Buddha Bamboo never blooms any flower, it is not a flowering plant.
On the other hand, this plant has a bright green trunk with ringed swellings on it, which makes it a highly ornamental plant for the indoors of a house.
The Buddha's Belly bamboo is an easy to look after plant. It is popularly grown as an indoor plant in many states and countries.
This plant is famous for its adaptability.
Technically, it is a sort of grass that grows at a very high speed, without much maintenance or care on the part of the owner of the plant.
Buddha's Belly Bamboo likes sunlight. Full sunlight helps the plant grow faster.
Part shading is essential for maintaining proper health of the plant.
When a Buddha Bamboo is planted, it requires a soil which is almost neutral in nature - neither acidic or alkaline. Partly acidic soil can also be used.
A soil which is acidic, or the one which is alkaline, can both hamper the growth process of the plant. Therefore, planting it in a neutral soil is preferred.
The soil should be well drained as well. Good drainage capacities of the soil help the plant remain in proper health.
The Buddha's Belly plant is not very fond of water. It never needs much water to thrive and grow.
Watering the plant once a week can be enough when growing indoors.
It is essential to let the soil get completely dry after one watering session, before watering the plant the next time.
The plant should never be allowed to sit in water. That can cause the untimely death of the plant.
The Buddha's Belly Bamboo has a high growth rate, higher than most other indoor plants. Planting it in a small pot can hinder the growth of the plant on the whole.
The plant should be kept in a large pot, where it can grow freely. Or a widespread container can also be used for planting.
However, growing the plant in a garden than in pots is always held favourable. The plant gets ample space to grow and spread in a garden.
Given its fast speed of growth, this plant plays an effective part in decreasing the effects of soil erosion.
Other than that, it is a charming house plant, used for the purpose of decorating the indoors.
The Buddha's Belly is also used as a Bonsai in many places.