Published at Sunday, March 17th, 2019 - 13:13:54 PM. bamboo. By Alarik Braun.
The main considerations when choosing your bamboo should be hardiness. This is a pretty simple thing to factor in as any reputable nursery or plant source will be able to tell you the hardiness by zone of any bamboo they sell. When choosing your bamboo keep in mind the eventual height and potential for invasiveness. Many types of bamboo spread rapidly and this can become a problem in coming years. To reduce this either choose a bamboo that is of a non-running or clumping type or install a spread barrier. A spread barrier can be just a sheet of thick plastic (about 40 mil) creating an underground border defining the edge of the area in which you want your bamboo to be spread. Bury your plastic from the surface to around three feet deep to block the rhizomes from spreading the plant underground. The height to which some big bamboo varieties grow can also surprise many new growers. Most common varieties can be trimmed fairly easily to a wide range of heights but trimming the top ten feet off of a thirty-five foot tall plant can be somewhat difficult. Thus it is sometimes best to keep upward growth limitations in mind when choosing your bamboo if you wont be willing or able to trim it down.
Not all category of the plant are suitable to grow indoor. Notable examples include extremely tall bamboo which would obviously be too big to grow inside your home. Although most tall species of bamboo can grow up to 50 feet in length the tallest one measured till date was a staggering 137 feet! It was found to be the Dendrocalmus giganteus in the Indian state of North Bengal. To this day this humongous plant type holds the record for being the largest bamboo ever. It had a massive culm of about 19 inches in diameter which was required to support the dizzying height. Additionally the canopy of a single culm was measured at an amazing 70 feet.
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