In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, there is a special type of tree and that is the bamboo. The bamboo items that can be gotten in ACNH are bamboo shoots, young spring bamboo and bamboo. Like many things in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, bamboo doesn’t have one single use. It’s not like wood or iron nuggets where it is required quite often, but it is similar in that people don’t actively use the item itself.
Bamboo in New Horizons functions similarly to the various kinds of wood, obtained by hitting bamboo stalks with an axe and picking up the pieces that fall. Bamboo stalks can be planted by obtaining Bamboo Shoots, small brown pods that can be planted in dug holes. Three days later you’ll get bamboo stalks in that spot, assuming you don’t dig them back up and they have space to grow.
They grow the same as trees, so plant them in the grass with space around them to grow. New bamboo shoots will spawn next to the fully grown bamboo stalk after the usual three days and can be dug up. After the real thing to do with bamboo is sell it, with prices changing as the game grows, but they will often yield far more than normal fruit, so be sure to harvest and sell them often.
What is the point of bamboo in Animal Crossing?
Bamboo Piece, Bamboo Shoot and Young Spring Bamboo are materials used for crafting in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. With the help of these materials, you can create your own little zen garden. The only problem is that, unlike other materials like Iron Nuggets, bamboo materials can’t be found on your island. Bamboo is expensive mostly because it’s difficult to propagate and it is a slow grower. The larger the specimen, the more expensive because it took more time and care to get it to that size. It is so expensive!!
How to Get Young Spring Bamboo
Notably, Animal Crossing differentiates between regular bamboo pieces and young spring bamboo, both of which have different uses in different recipes. Young spring bamboo can be gotten the same way, by hitting a stalk with axe, but it must be within springtime months (March-May in the Northern Hemisphere and September-November in the Southern Hemisphere). If this is the case, there’ll be a decent chance that it drops young spring bamboo each time it is hit, which looks the same but for a lighter green colouration.
How to Grow Bamboo in ACNH
Once a Bamboo island has been found, there is need to dig with the aid of shovel at some specific locations which can give desired bamboo shoots. Then plant this bamboo shoot on island and create bamboo tree. The tree will grow completely after a few days and there will be a bamboo shoot buried in the ground nearby. Dig it up and there will be another bamboo shoot! Keep in mind that growing new bamboo trees will not be possible if young spring bamboo and bamboo pieces are buried. Another good way is to take out an entire bamboo plant from the Bamboo Island and bring it to island.
Similar to Saplings, Bamboo Shoots must be planted into the ground using a shovel, and they need one square of space around them so they can fully grow. After becoming fully grown in three days, bamboo trees will begin to spawn Bamboo Shoots underground, which can be dug up using a shovel. It may also take 5 days to mature, it will also drop one bamboo shoot. Look for the crack in the ground near the tree, and dig it up) A mature bamboo tree will not drop any more bamboo shoots.
Plant Bamboo Shoots and grow Bamboo
Like fruit, burying bamboo shoots in the ground will yield a bamboo tree in four days. You’ll need bamboo pieces for DIY, so keeping a few of these trees around is a good idea. However, once you have picked up the bamboo shoots, you cannot get them again, so the number of shoots you get through this method is limited. Bamboo Shoots can only be picked up once. Once you’ve collected the bamboo shoots from around a bamboo, they don’t come back.
Bamboo grows similar to trees, except that once fully grown, they produce a Bamboo Shoot buried in the ground next to them. Dig up the ground around the bamboo to get a shoot which can be replanted to grow into a new bamboo tree.
Animal Crossing New Horizons Tree Guide – ACNH Tree Growth Stage
Once you planted a tree, it will grow within 3 days, if the tree can bear fruit, it will produce fruit the day after the tree is fully grown, for a total of 4 days since planting. All trees have five stages of growth: nursery, small young, medium young, large young, and fully grown. The tree reaches full maturity on the fifth day.
First Day (Stage 1): Nursery
Second Day (Stage 2): Small
Third Day (Stage 3): Medium
Fourth Day (Stage 4): Large
Fifth Day (Stage 5): Adult
How to Stop Trees From Growing in ACNH – How to Keep Trees Small in ACNH
Trees need a 3*3 tile empty area around themselves to grow, if it is blocked or the area is taken by other things, it can’t grow into the next stage. So a useful trick to freezing trees in time or stunting their growth is to plant a fruit sapling directly in a space next to or behind it, to keep it stay at the current stage. It’s recommended to do behind, that way when you go like this, you can’t really see that the saplings are there with the tree over there. As an extra precaution, you can plant two fruit trees. You can intentionally stop the trees from growing at whatever stage you want. Simply summarize, allow the tree to grow to the desired stage and plant a fruit sapling directly next to the tree, within the 3*3 tile area around it. A blocking tree is any tree at the same growth stage or higher as the tree being evaluated starting at stage 2.
Trees won’t grow if they were planted in a square adjacent to buildings, walls, water, cliffs, inclines, bridges, and beaches or other hard obstacles including other trees, if planted in these areas, tree saplings will die the day after and disappear. But trees that have started or finished growing will not die naturally. Trees can be relocated in New Horizons, if you need to move them, an axe is necessary, after eating a piece of fruit, you will be able to dig up a whole tree, and plant them where you want.