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Re: re: Bamboo

most bamboos fall into one of two general types--runners or clumpers. the clumpers, such as the buddha belly and the oldhamii timber bamboo, are fairly easy to contain. runners, such as nora's black bamboo, can also be contained easily if a little care [and expense] is taken at first planting.

i visited a wholesale bamboo nursery in northern florida a couple of years ago and leaned a lot about how they operate and about how bamboo grows. their runner bamboo stock plants, from which all root divisions are made for their salable stock, were planted in long swales that were lined with that heavy-duty neoprene pond-liner material. since bamboo have horizontal roots rather than vertical roots, they cannot escape these ponds of soil. the clumpers are treated much the same, except the soil ponds are shaped like kiddy wading pools, but deeper and more durable.

i went there, incidentally, to buy a black bamboo. i love that plant. but this part of florida is just too hot for it, unfortunately. so i bought a buddha belly, which grew quite large and which i sold to my boss who used it in one of his million-dollar landscape jobs.

At 11:24 AM 3/10/03 -0800, you wrote:
Not really hostile or that invasive. I have black which is slow growing and
well behaved and Gold which is a bit more pushy. I don't have problems
managing either one . Have not touched the black more than once in four
years . The gold requires twice a year containment. Bamboo really doesn't
deserve the nasty reputation it's getting . It's also quite beautiful, green
all year, resistant to bugs and disease,and moves in even the faintest
breeze. I have many plants that are a lot more work. Of my 4 bamboo only one
is clumping and it's so slow that I will probably never see it at maturity.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Melody" <mhobertm@excite.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, March 10, 2003 1:58 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] re: Bamboo

> Zem: Not all bamboo is invasive. You just have to find the clumping
> varieties. And it does make a lovely screen to hide unattractive
> features of the landscape. Most bamboo I've seen in nurseries is very
> clearly labeled as either clumping or spreading. The spreading kind is
> downright hostile if living in a jungle is not what you want, though, so
> be doubly sure! :-)
> Melody, IA (Z 5/4)
> "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."
> --Albert Einstein
>  --- On Sun 03/09,  < Zemuly@aol.com > wrote:
> From:  [mailto: Zemuly@aol.com]
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Date: Sun, 9 Mar 2003 10:33:38 EST
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] weather rant  flooding weekend chores
> In a message dated 03/08/2003 5:44:25 PM Central Standard Time,
> Cersgarden@aol.com writes:
> > Zem, you need some of them 9' four oclocks!
> >
> LOL!  Good idea.  I've thought about some of the wild bamboo that grows
> around here, but I know that in no time I'd be living in a forest of it.
> zem
> zone 7
> West TN
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