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I have a large space in my garden where I'm planning on planting some
 Golden Bamboo (Phyllostachys- aureocaulis) 

I've purchased the bamboo in 5l pots but should I plant out now and mulch well or wait until spring?





  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,924

    Anything in a pot can be planted out now Silverlight. Just be aware that Bamboo can be invasive depending on the type and your own conditions, so a sturdy barrier in the ground round the plant is recommended  image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Thanks for the caution

    I already have some bamboo that has been there for 10 years and is still a small clump

    I assume that if it does run riot then roundup will kill it?

  • Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

    I can't stand bamboo, it was everywhere where I grew up abroad - it was the buddleia of the tropics - basically a weed.

  • hmmm.. beggining to think twice about this.

    I could plant the bamboo in a trug and sink the trug into the ground with some drainage holes and I guess that will keep it in check?


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,542

    My P.Nigra was in my garden for over 10 years and was not more than .5m in diameter. I sold the house in '97 and it's been sold again since then. The bamboo has now gone so world domination was averted.


  • Hi,

    I've decided to take a risk and go with the bamboo since it's in a slightly wild area of my 1/3 acre garden and I want some screening.

    Based on Verdun's experience I'm looking to plant the bamboo in something like this:

    Do I need to cut the bottom out or should I make some drainage holes with a drill?

    Thanks for your help




  • I planted some hardy evergreen clumping bamboo and it took over my yard, I spend hours upon hours every spring beating it back with a machete.  I really regret planting it.

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