Bamboo advice please!

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Bamboo advice please!

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I would like to buy some bamboo as a smallish feature in my garden.I know it can be invasive,so will buy a suitable container to grow it in.Would I need to keep potting it into different containers,so would it be happy just growing in the same one,for a few years?TIA
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It's a while since I had some, hh, but if memory serves we planted it up in an old galvanised dustbin. We filled the bottom with polystyrene packaging, broken up. The clump spread across to fill it over 2-3 years by which time we could harvest some of the taller stems from the middle to use as canes in the garden. It stayed in there for at least 6 years - when we moved up here we gave it to a friend who split it and potted it up in something more decorative and it was still thriving there a good few years later when I visited her.
The upshot of my ramble is that they're tough as old boots. I think it will probably survive whatever. Oh, I remember it's quite hungry and thirsty. We used to buy those long-acting fertiliser clumps (the ones that look like budgie feed) for it and chuck a good couple of handfuls in the bin in the spring.
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Thanks GA xox

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Hi folks

In Australia, particularly on the East Coast, invasive bamboos have created a lot of problems to the point where many species are banned from sale. In defense of bamboos, they are an attractive and very useful plant and can provide very useful building materials. We in the Weed World classify bamboos into two groups - rhizomatous or running (invasive) species and clumping (non-invasive) species. The former are mostly Phyllostachys species and have been common garden plants. There are many non-invasive species that can be used even in very cold climates, look for cold tolerant Bambusa species (eg B. multiplex or B. textilis) or most species in the Fargesia genus. There are many cultivars and varieties and choose carefully, some can grow very high.
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The problem over here, Weedo, is that there doesn't appear to be any onus on the seller to use the proper name. So they can just sell it as bamboo without any reference to its invasive properties. Unless that's altered in recent times - I'm fairly certain that when we bought ours it had no label at all, from the bargain corner!
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I'm trying to get rid of a clump. I cut it down but now the bits of cane that are left are rock solid. Can I water with something like salt water and have it die or will I have to dig it out?

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Either dig it out or adopt a panda!
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The latter sounds the most sensible answer to the problem. Where can I get one? (Although it would mean I needed to plant bamboo...)

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From the problem I guess this is a Rhizomateous species - Phyllostachys spp. possibly Cutting it down will not affect it in the slightest - the growing points etc. are all underground. So, constant surveillance and digging is your non - chemical solution (salt is a chemical also). Chemical wise, let it grow back out a little (about 150mm high) and spray with glyphosate; again there will be some re-growth so the cycle needs repeating. Of practicable, you could dig a trench around the patch and sink a barrier of plastic / metal garden edging (or similar) about 600mm deep to contain the weed while you are dealing with it.
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You could also try ammonium sulphamate (I'm not a fan of glyphosate, although could be tempted with this damned ground elder!).
It's sold as a compost accelerator but is very good at "composting in situ" live plants, so be careful where you splash it and don't plant anything there for at least 3 months. You'll definitely need more than one application.
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Brewtrog wrote:
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The latter sounds the most sensible answer to the problem. Where can I get one? (Although it would mean I needed to plant bamboo...)
I think quite a few zoos are looking to source bamboo. Due to lockdown there's a problem with the usual imports.
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Wow I posted the OP 4 yrs ago! Time flies.I managed to source some free.The garden centre wanted quite alot of money for a Bamboo,so I posted a request on my local town's page and hey presto...someone offered to give me some.I've had it now for 3 yrs.I only dug up a couple of tiny pieces from this person's garden.Planted into a sturdy container which is standing on concrete.Its a great ornamental plant which sits near my front door.Its not huge but has grown into a nice size.

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Hey, hh, how's things?
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Hey Green Aura,nice to hear from you! I havent been on the forum for a long time.I got an email today re my bamboo post,which reminded me to have a look at the forum.Yep things are going well thanks GA,busy at the allotment atm.Changed jobs (Nursing NHS)so obviously busy challenging times.How about you?

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All's well up here. Lockdown barely noticeable for us antisocial bods. You keep safe, OK! :hugish:
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