With over 1200 varieties, you need to choose the right type of bamboo for your garden. Charlie Albone shares his tips.
Most people think of bamboo as a crazy weed that overtakes the neighbourhood, but that’s not entirely true. You see Bamboo comes in 2 varieties: running, that can become a problem weed and should only be used in pots, and clumping, that can be safely planted straight into the garden. If you’re unsure, check with your nursery before buying.
- Clumping bamboo can make a brilliant screen to block out overbearing neighbours. Choose a variety like Gracilis. It’s fast-growing and will quickly reach 7-8 metres high.
- A great tip for buying bamboo is to get the biggest plants you can afford because although it’s quick growing, it takes ages to establish.
- But the cost of mature plants can add up, so you may find it’s cheaper to buy in bulk direct from the grower. They can also advise you about which variety will best suit your purpose and climate.
- Another great thing about bamboo is it’s easy to split and transplant if it gets too bushy, Literally cut a section off and move it to other areas of the garden. And for best results, keep it well watered.
- Probably the most gratifying thing about bamboo is the speed at which it grows. In the right conditions some species have been reported to put on 100 cms in a single day.
- But depending on the climate and the variety, you can still expect to see your bamboo sprout by 3-10 cms a day. Now that really is instant screening.
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