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Re: re: Bamboo


    We checked with the local  Bamboo place about containment , before we
got started. They thought we should use heavy gauge plastic to surround the
plants. We thought about that , then we read a article by one of their very
own people who admitted that you still have to go out and check for runners
escaping twice a year . She admitted pretty much that if you watch it you
can keep it under control. So we saved several hundred dollars in plastic
barriers. Four years later the Bamboo is growing but not a problem. The
Fargasia clumper actually likes to have it's roots container so we obliged
it and put it in a under ground pot.
   If you ever move to a some what cooler place let me know and I will send
you some lovely black bamboo.

Nora
----- Original Message -----
From: "Island Jim" <jsinger@igc.org>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, March 10, 2003 2:48 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] 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.
> >
> >Nora
> >----- 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.
> ><LOL>
> > >
> > > zem
> > > zone 7
> > > West TN
> > >
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