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Minecraft: Does Bamboo Need Light To Grow?

Minecraft Bamboo

Today, I received an interesting question regarding Bamboo and whether or not it needs light to grow. Bamboo is an interesting source in Minecraft because it has some properties that differentiate it from other plants. So, today let’s address the question of whether or not Bamboo needs light to grow in Minecraft.

Yes, Bamboo Needs A Light Source

Bamboo while unique in many ways does require at least some sort of light source. You need to have a light level of 9 or above in order to have Bamboo grow. You can generate this by the use of a torch but, there are some interesting properties regarding Bamboo.


Bamboo can be farmed on a variety of surfaces whether its grass, sand, or gravel Bamboo is the fastest growing plant in all of Minecraft. In fact, bamboo plants grow ever 204.8 seconds (at default tick speed).

Bamboo also does not require any water block to grow and is one of only three plants that a composter can’t process.

If you want to grow your Bamboo with water nearby remember that while a Bamboo sapling can be broken by water flowing a mature bamboo stalk can not.

Bringing it all together

No, Bamboo does not need any water to grow but it does require a light source of 9 or above. When farming

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Scott Hartley is a web developer, college student, and the owner of The Arcade Corner. Scott has worked on several sites including The Daily Exposition, and The Arcade Corner. When Scott is not working on websites or studying for classes he is likely reading about various scientific discoveries and experiments.

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