Animal Crossing Bamboo: How to get Bamboo Pieces, Bamboo Shoots and Young Spring Bamboo in New Horizons

Eats, shoots and leaves. 

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. Instead, you need to cross the sky and sea to find and grow bamboo.

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Bamboo in Animal Crossing: New Horizons explained

In New Horizons, there are three different types of bamboo related materials for you to find and use in DIY recipes:

  • Bamboo Piece
  • Young Spring Bamboo
  • Bamboo Shoot

While Bamboo Piece and Young Spring Bamboo are just materials, like Hardwood for example, Bamboo Shoots can also be eaten and planted like the fruit that grows on your island.


How to find Bamboo Piece and Young Spring Bamboo in Animal Crossing: New Horizons explained

Unless you have a friend who is willing to share their bamboo material haul in New Horizons, the only way you can find these materials is by getting off to a mystery island.

To do this you need to buy a Nook Miles Ticket from the Nook Stop in Residential Services for 2000 Nook Miles.

Take this ticket to the Airport and they'll bring you to a randomly selected island.

Hopefully you'll land on an island with bamboo.

The downside is that, just like your chances of visiting Tarantula Island, there are no guarantees on whether the island you visit will have bamboo growing on it. You will simply need to keep earning those Nook Miles and spending those Nook Miles Tickets till you land on an island with bamboo.

Make sure you leave a good amount of space in your inventory too - you don't want to run out of room for all that bamboo.

How to grow bamboo on your island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons explained

The best way to ensure you always have access to any bamboo related materials in New Horizons is to grow it on your island.

To do this you need to dig up Bamboo Shoots, which are buried around bamboo.


Take these Bamboo Shoots back to your island and, just like you would with a fruit tree, plant them in the ground.

Bamboo grows under the same conditions as trees. This means that it won't grow if it's adjacent to another tree, bamboo stalk or object.

If these conditions are met, then your bamboo will grow in three days, leaving you with an easy way to collect these materials. Just make sure you don't accidentally cut it down!

I've already started on my own bamboo grove.

New to Animal Crossing? Our Animal Crossing New Horizons tips can help with the basics. From the off, there's fish and bugs to catch, flowers and fruit to grow with Leif selling seeds, villagers to add or remove and tools such as the new ladder and vaulting pole to collect. Once you have settled in, you'll want to be making as many Bells as possible, start collecting K.K. Slider songs and work on your island star rating, increase your HHA ranking, incorporate Feng Shui into your room design and acquiring kitchen furniture. You can also buy fake art from Redd. Recently added were swimming, sea creatures and Pascal.

Uses for Bamboo Piece, Bamboo Shoots and Young Spring Bamboo in Animal Crossing: New Horizons explained

All three bamboo related materials - Bamboo Piece, Bamboo Shoots and Young Spring Bamboo - are used in a variety of DIY recipes, including furniture and flooring.


You can use these materials to craft a Hearth or a Bamboo-shoot Lamp among many other objects.

Try to keep a good amount of all bamboo related materials in your storage - you never know when you might need them.

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