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Phyllostachys, Pseudosasa & Fargesia Species
Bamboos are famous for their incredible growth rate, and being easy to grow with a few control measures.
They can be used as a wild hedge, tall screening, or kept in clumps for striking vertical ornamental value, and it's always handy to have a homegrown supply of bamboo canes, with or without a panda to feed.
They tolerate poor soils well as long as they are not also dry, and are most at home in sunny sites beside water.
In the British climate, their growth rate (and therefore the diameter and final height of each cane) varies quite a bit from North to South, and from sheltered sites to exposed locations, but our selection is a hardy bunch suitable for any region.
It is always essential to water new plants as they establish, and this goes double for bamboo, with their shallow roots and love of really moist, but not waterlogged, soil. Their shallow roots make them ideal for planting beside trees. To grow bamboo on a dry soil, digging in a lot of organic matter down to about 50cm and installing an irrigation system will make your life much easier!
Most bamboo thrives in a well maintained container, where their height will be restricted.
In the most general terms, bamboos spread via underground stems (rhizomes, or creeping root stalks) that grow in two main ways: clumping and running.
- Clumping varieties have strong rhizomes (Pachymorph, meaning thick) that quickly turn upwards, so the clump expands slowly and is not invasive.
- Running varieties aggressively send out weaker rhizomes (Leptomorph, meaning thin) that grow horizontally for some distance to colonize the surrounding area, so a plastic membrane is usually buried around the walls of the planting hole to contain them. 60-80mm thick high-density polyethylene (HDPE), buried 1.2 metres deep with a 5-10cm lip above soil level, should be plenty of protection anywhere in the UK (the colder your site is, the less aggressive the bamboo).
- Several varieties that run in warm climates are in practice clumping in most areas of Britain, but often begin running once they are settled into ideal conditions in the South West of England and Wales.
- Running varieties tend to have more upright growth and make the best screening, because you can prepare a sealed trench for them, plant one every metre or so, and let them quickly fill the gaps for you.
Your Bamboo plants are delivered by mail order direct from our nursery, along with expert advice, friendly support, plus our Guarantee, so you can give them a whirl with complete confidence.