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Bamboos in the garden

  • Bamboos in the garden
  • Bamboos in the garden
  • Bamboos in the garden
  • Bamboos in the garden
  • Bamboos in the garden

Today we were dealing with black bamboo (Phyllostachys nigra). In two years after planting the plants escaped installed plastic root barriers and invaded neighbourhood. This was a tough fight.

How are you dealing with bamboos in your gardens? What precautions are you taking? What plant can offer similar efect but without such an invasiveness?

Comments (3)

  1. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    Tomas, I am equal parts laughing and horrified! I have NEVER seen black bamboo run like this. It is generally one of the best-behaved of bamboos, and would take a decade to get big enough to be a nuisance. At first I thought that you were mistaken about the type of bamboo, but I can see the black stems.

    (Am tempted to say "that'll teach you to use astroturf!" but that would be mean.)

    Is there a source of water there? An underground spring? Broken water pipes? I can only imagine that an excess of water has prompted it to grow like this, in such a short time. Is it possible that all the water from the turfed area runs straight into the bamboo bed? The under-layer does look pretty dry..

    Just bear in mind that every one of those clumps you have lifted can be sold for in excess of £50... perhaps that will pay for a new barrier?

    In answer to your question, I either thin out the bamboo, or to stop them escaping in the first place, I use this method to restrain the roots.


  2. Grower

    Clive McCormack

    Had the same with Phyllostachys aurea but 12 years later even our neighbours have it. The lesson is never ever plant it in the ground, keep it in a container. It took nearly all last year with a pick axe to remove it's roots. We could have fed a panda for months with the canes. Did plant some in an aviary but the birds made short work of it never to be seen again!

  3. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    P. aurea is well known for thuggish spreading, but I've never seen P. nigra do it. (shakes head) I guess you live and learn!

    This won't stop me planting it, though.... it's my favourite bamboo!

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