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I want to move this Bamboo and plant it somewhere in the garden. We have had this for a number of years in the pot but I dont think its thriving and would look better in the garden. We are thinking of taking out an evergreen tree and putting this in its place. When is the best time to move it? Any ideas/tips welcome? I have tried to attach pictures, hope you can see them








  • GardenmaidenGardenmaiden Posts: 1,126

    My father in law has this in his garden and it does send out shoots. It might be better to put it in a bigger pot.

  • Thanks...I was thinking another larger pot  as it could grow and grow, or I mights line the soil.

  • SalinoSalino Posts: 1,609 much as I like Bamboo, I wouldn't want a 'runner' in my garden, and that to me looks like one that will run...eventually... it might be Phyllostachys Bissettii... David Bisset Bamboo... commonly sold in garden centres, sometimes unnamed...

    ...if it must go in the garden then containment with root barrier would be a must... although quite frankly this is one I would avoid altogether....  there are much better alternatives available...

  • Alan4711Alan4711 Posts: 1,657

    Moores,here are 2 types of Bamboo which were here when we bought the house last year,,the first smallest is from next door its the one that lots of people say "it doesn't spread,HA,HA,,tel my neighbor that ,( no probs  he,s a great neighbor ) the big one I have dug roots out that were just huge and going under the greenhouse, I intend to kill it if I can as it was supposed to be Contained in slabs but is now going under the lawn toward  the house 





  • Haha thanks Alan! Think I may buy a bigger pot or just leave it where it is image

  • Tropical SamTropical Sam Posts: 1,488

    The potted bamboo looks like Pseudosasa japonica, which is invasive and best in a large pot. It is confused with Indocalamus tessallatus which behaves itself, so it is worth double checking if you have a label or receipt.

  • GardenmaidenGardenmaiden Posts: 1,126

    If you did want one Verdun to be in a pot, you could always try growing it in a water tank. I had a green one and a black one in two of these either side of the patio doors of my old house. The bamboos grew tall, did produce new shoots and didn't break out of the tanks.

  • Tropical SamTropical Sam Posts: 1,488

    My problem with bamboo in pots is the smallest gust of wind and even large pots fall down. Not much fun picking up a soaking wet bamboo in gale force winds.image

  • SalinoSalino Posts: 1,609

    ...I nearly fell off my seat there Verdun.....

    ...I've grown Fargesia's for years and they're nothing to be afraid of...I love seeing and hearing the grasshoppers fluttering about in the summer...

    ...I'm not convinced Alan's 2nd photo above is a Bamboo, but rather Miscanthus sacchariflorus...a giant Miscanthus that spreads by rhizomes... it rarely flowers although there appears to be one near the base... rather Pampas like...

    ..often mistaken for Bamboo.... a similar one called 'giganteus' is even bigger, and will escape under fencing... although they don't 'run' as such...

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