Bamboo can be mined with any tool wherever it is found.
Bamboo may rarely generate in single shoots within Bamboo Forests. Bamboo generates much more frequently in the bamboo variants of jungles, covering large swaths of the landscape.
Naturally generated bamboo may grow through trees, creating holes in their trunks and canopies.
Bamboo is the fastest growing plant in Minecraft. At default random Tick speed, each plant grows approximately every 204.8 seconds (every three random ticks).
Pandas will drop 0–2 bamboo when killed.
When mined, any other bamboo block placed above it will also get destroyed. A bamboo block will also be removed and drop itself as an item, if a piston tries to push it or moves a block into its space. Bamboo can also be placed in a flower pot, where it retains the design it has in its item form.
Bamboo can be placed and will grow on grass blocks, dirt, sand, mycelium, podzol, Coarse Dirt or Red Sand. When bone meal is used on it, it will grow 1–2 blocks taller. Bamboo can grow to a maximum of 12–16 blocks tall.
Bamboo items are eaten by pandas and can be used to speed up the growth of baby pandas. Bamboo can also be used to breed pandas, requiring at least 8 blocks of bamboo within a 5 block radius, at which point the player can feed them bamboo and they will mate, producing a baby panda.
Bamboo can also be planted inside a flower pot, for decoration.
The appearance of bamboo changes as it grows. When first placed, it takes the form of a small shoot. When it grows one block taller it grows to 2 pixels in length and width and the top block has leaves coming off it. At 3 blocks, the top 2 blocks have leaves and at 4 blocks the bamboo expands to 3×3 pixels. At 5 blocks tall, the top 3 blocks will have leaves on them and as the bamboo grows the leaves will move up and stay at the top 3 blocks. Destroying a block of bamboo will not change the appearance of the blocks below it. Bamboo is oriented at a random position in the block that it is in. It is the only block which changes its hitbox as it grows
- Because bamboo also grows very fast, it only takes 500 plants in an automatic farm to produce more items than a hopper can collect. However, a single hopper can only move enough items to keep 6.25 furnaces running.