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Bamboo screening?

My small garden is overlooked by one window, i was thinking about getting some bamboo for screening, is bamboo best in a large pot or can it go straight in the ground but it would be into my lawn and i was thinking this would take too much moisture, thank you.



I would strongly advise against planting bamboo in the ground. It becomes very invasive, with roots like iron bars that are impossible to dig out. In a few years it would be popping up all over your garden and your neighbours'. I'd advise you to put it in a pot and watch that it doesn't make an escape bid.

15 May, 2010


From experience, I'll second your reply Beattie!!

15 May, 2010


I can only echo the above comments - I shall NEVER again plant a Phyllostachus type in the ground ! It forced its way through the log-roll edging and beneath fence in neighbouring garden.

15 May, 2010


I'm never going to plant it either (I didn't plant the stuff I had in my last garden). When last seen it was popping up 40 yards away. The only good thing is that it is possible to kill it with Roundup, eventually.

Perhaps you could choose another plant entirely Bluemagnolia? How about one of those planters with a built-in trellis and a nice climber?

15 May, 2010


Fargesia would be a good bamboo to choose - this one doesn't run, though I always take the precaution of inserting bamboo root barrier into the soil prior to planting anyway (available on line, maybe even a large garden centre). This will prevent it spreading anywhere you don't want it to, though this particular one does tend to making a single clump anyway.

15 May, 2010


Almost all bamboo is great in the ground - providing you choose one to suit the location (clumping type?) and manage it properly ie. just insert a spade around it a couple of times a year to see if its starting to wander.
If this might be awkward, just insert good rhizome barrier around it to contain it (easier before planting), but water it more, to stop the ground drying out inside the barrier. Rhizomes are definitely thicker than roots, but if you've planted the bamboo yourself, you shouldn't have much problem digging a few rhizomes out. The problem arises when people plant them but then ignore them.

15 May, 2010


Thank you.

17 May, 2010

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