Understand Large Types of Bamboo

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Clumping bamboos and running bamboos - and the level to which they become 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 talking about bamboo. How to grow them, how to select them, and the different varieties. First, we're going to talk about large bamboo. There's different types of large bamboo. The clumping are the bamboos that stay in clumps and don't really get to invasive because they stay in a group. There's also running bamboo that gets really invasive because it'll just run everywhere, so you have to put barriers to it. Most of the tall bamboos are actually the clumping bamboos. They usually don't take over. Although, there are some varieties that can get tall. For example, this Fargesia can grow up to 18 feet tall in almost 1-2 years, so immediately it gets tall, but it's clumping, so it won't take over. That's always a good thing. There are certain varieties of large bamboos that do get invasive and are runners. With those, you have to put barriers down. Plastic or keep them in containers so they don't take over. Either way, large bamboos are great additions to your garden because they make a wonderful wall. In the next segment, we'll talk about short bamboo.