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Hey,

I naively purchased a bamboo tree in a planter for my NYC terrace. The seller didn’t mention any special issues. It has been there 1 1/2 years. It seems that two runners broke out of the bottom of the planter and traveled under the terrace tiles to my next-door neighbors’ terrace. He noticed it in the break between the tiles. 

I’m personally responsible for resolving this issue and am in quite a bind because I don’t know who to call for help and am out of work therefore worried about the cost of resolving this issue. I cut the two runners. Do you have any idea if the runners will now dry up and die or continue to run? I appreciate your insight!


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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,433
    I'm sure you've already asked about bamboo on another thread. Is this a different one?
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Fairygirl said:
    I'm sure you've already asked about bamboo on another thread. Is this a different one?
    Yes, this is a different one. And one of my friend has several questions about bamboo and gardening. And He needs help. That's why I'm asking, and I have a couple more questions lined up.
    It would be really appreciated if anyone could assist.
    Thanks
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,433
    The runners are likely to just re grow. Running types of Bamboo are very difficult to get rid of without a lot of effort. The SBK I mentioned, as did @philippasmith2, is about the only thing that works, unless you can dig out every piece. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • If the runners are still able to get water and nutrients then they will keep growing. You really need to get them all out to make sure you don't see any regrowth. 
    If they have burst through concrete or an inert substance, without any access to soil, then there is a chance they will simply die off now they aren't attached to the mother plant. 
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