Bamboo varieties in the past were horrendously spreading invasive plants. Like it or not if you had a bamboo in your garden 20 years ago shortly after all your neighbours had bamboo too. The newer varieties of Phyllostachys and Fargesia are clump forming and much easier to control and contain.
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Before getting in to how to grow and where to grow, the most frequent question we get asked is how many to grow. Nearly always bamboo is bought for screening and the first question is how many bamboo will I need to screen 'x' number of metres. The answer will always come down to budget and how quickly coverage is required, but a good average spacing for bamboo would be 1 per metre.
Most importantly Bamboo love to be kept in moist soils and this is very important to be aware of for newly planted bamboo and bamboo planted in pots. Bamboo thrive on good nutrition, again if planted in pots regular feeds throughout the growing season will be important for the health of the plant. They are tough, robust plants, they can be neglected and still survive, however, if you want your bamboo to flourish, regular watering and feeding will do the job.
Selecting bamboo for your garden or growing area is fairly straightforward, just a couple of simple rules. Do not plant bamboo in very windy exposed areas, this will cause the leaves to shred. And be aware that if bamboo is planted in very well-drained soils it will need additional watering and feeding.
The ideal soil conditions for bamboo are moist yet well drained soil. Again they will tolerate and adapt to just about anything but to get the best results keep the soil moist, yet well drained.
Bamboo is great in containers, making excellent specimen plants. But they do need a little more attention, as more water and feed will be needed due to the free draining nature of container mediums.
Bamboos respond to water, they love a good drink. This is especially important for establishment of new plants. Adequate water will ensure survival, and more water will bring larger, more vigorous development. Regular watering throughout the growing season, especially during new shoot season, brings the best results.
Bamboos are grasses, and grasses thrive on good nutrition. They are also adaptable and tolerant, they can be neglected and still survive. However, if you want your bamboo to thrive and flourish, annual applications of slow-release fertilizers, composted manures, or any organic topdressing will bring vigorous happy bamboos. Mulches protect bamboo roots from extremes in temperature and soil moisture, and the breakdown of organic mulches benefit the soil structure and provide important nutrients. The natural annual shedding of the bamboo leaf canopy provides the perfect mulch. Do not remove these leaves; they provide an ideal source of nutrients for the bamboo.