Bamboo holds the world record for being the fastest growing plant. This is welcoming news for the impatient gardeners amongst us – or is it?
While bamboo provides the instant gratification of being a fast grower, some varieties of bamboo can become very invasive and grow out of control.
Running bamboo types, are ideal for creating a dense hedge or privacy screen. You will want to plant your plants 3-5 feet (.91-1.5 m.) apart for this purpose.
Bamboo Planting Info:
There are many strategies you could employ to contain the size of a bamboo grove, such as root pruning or even a root barrier.
If opting for a root barrier, install the barrier at least 36 inches (91 cm.) deep between the bamboo grove and the rest of your property using materials in the trench that are impenetrable, such as rolls of fiberglass or 60 mil polypropylene.
The barrier itself should protrude 2 inches (5 cm.) above the ground to discourage any wayward rhizomes.
Bamboo can grow under varying light conditions, from full sun to partial shade. New bamboo plantings should be watered regularly until they are established. The addition of mulch around the base of bamboo plants should also be considered to retain moisture.
Bamboo prefers soil that is characteristically moist and loamy with a soil pH ranging from highly acidic to slightly alkaline. Fertilizing is not mandatory for growing bamboo, but you can opt to do so in mid-late spring with a fertilizer high in nitrogen.