How to Control Bamboo Growth

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Trimming your bamboo is one way to control its growth. Learn more in this free educational video series. View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi! This is Yolanda Vanveen on behalf of Expert Village. In this series, we're discussing everything there is to know about bamboo. In this segment, we're going to talk about how to control your bamboo. You've got to remember there’s 2 types of bamboo. There's clumping bamboo, but it doesn't really take over. It clumps, so as it multiplies, it just stays in a circle and doesn't really take over. There's lots of varieties. A lot of the tall bamboos are clumping, but they're not as winter hardy either. You have to be careful, whereas the running bamboos are the ones you have to be careful for, because they really take over. For example, this is a pleioblastus, and it really runs. The runners just take over. This pot is just packed full of runners. If I let it out of the pot and put it in the ground, it'll probably cover a 10 foot by 10 foot area in a good 3 years. You have to be really careful. When I plant the running bamboos, I make sure and keep them in a pot. If you're planting them in the ground, an easy trick is to make the holes much bigger than they're needed and put at least a 2 inch plastic underneath it. Some kind of a barrier so the runners can't take over and run out through all of your garden. It's easy. You just put some plastic down or put a pot right into the ground, or you can keep cutting as they grow. Just keep cutting the roots out. It's very important to make sure that you have a barrier when you use running bamboo, or don't use it all, because it can become invasive. The best place for running bamboo is in a container where you can keep in contained. Never ever plant it near a wildlife area, a park, or a stream where the runners can get into the water and take off into wild areas. Be very careful with your running bamboos, because they can really push out all the other plants. In the next segment, we'll talk about the diseases that effect bamboo.