Understand Small Types of Bamboo

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Smaller bamboos and the way they can nevertheless become a bit invasive are discussed 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. We're talking about short and smaller varieties of bamboo. I found most of the shorter varieties of bamboo are a lot of the times are runny. You have to be really careful with them because they will just become invasive very quickly. They will just grow roots really quickly. They can take over an area and get into the wildlife areas very quickly. You have to be very careful with them and keep them in containers. This pleioblastus bamboo is a little bit shorter. It only gets maybe 4 feet tall at the most, which is nice if you have a smaller garden or you don't want them to get tall, but it grows very rapidly. In fact, bamboo is the fastest growing plant in the world. You have to be kind of be careful where you plant it, and don't put it in a small flowerbed where it'll just take over. If you have a corner where you just want to fill it in, you can just put some barrier down and it'll just take over. Short bamboo is always a great choice in a garden or a container as long as you keep it contained and if it's a runner. If it's a clumper, you kind of can just leave it there and let it go. In the next segment, we'll talk about lucky bamboo.