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I bought 6 bamboo plants and was excited about putting them in until I read the horror stories about them popping up anywhere and everywhere, I have now decided to put them in 18in x 18in strong plastic tubs to sit on the soil a concrete slab under them and the tub hidden by other plants. do you think this would be ok, can anybody see any problems doing this? many thanks.


  • LeadFarmerLeadFarmer Posts: 1,450

    You need to establish which variety of bamboo you have. I have 4 bamboo plants and they are all clump forming varieties that don't spread. If yours is the type that spreads then a plastic pot won't restrain it I'm afraid, it will eventually break through. You could surround the pot with concrete pavers though, dug into the ground. 

  • bluejanbluejan Posts: 80

    thanks,they are  the ones that spread, would I need a slab at the bottom as well

  • patty3patty3 Posts: 129

    I would take them back to the garden centre, and explain

    you wanted a nice well behaved bamboo, not the thugs you bought!  

    It will save you work and worry in the long run.

     I planted lamiums,achillia, and rosebay, willow herb. 

    They take some keeping in check, BUT EASY COMPARED TO BAMBOO!!!

                       good luck

  • BenDoverBenDover Posts: 484

    I successfully contain a clumping bamboo (which still spread) by planting the bamboo in one of those plastic (rubber?) trugs with the bottom cut off.  The runners tend to come near the surface so any I see creeping over the lip of the trug, I simply snip off and remove.  The trug is buried with about two inches left above ground.  When it eventually fills the trug, I'll dig it up, cut it in to quarters replant one 1/4 where I got it from, and give the other 3/4s away.

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