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23/04/2013 at 21:12

Hi, I'm a newbie. My husband and  I bought a large golden bamboo from Homebase after bartering with the person in charge over the price. They wanted £40 for it and had it displayed with patio furniture but it looked as though it was potbound and dying so we took pity on it and eventually got it for £10.  Having removed it from its tiny pot we soaked the rootball but it is still very tight. We wanted to keep it in a large pot if possible as we might be moving house next year and would like to take it with us. Can anyone tell me if it would be better to split the plant into two as the stems look fairly green but through not being looked after in store the leaves are very dry and look as though they are ready to drop off. All suggestion welcome. Thanks  

23/04/2013 at 21:39

I'd be inclined to keep it together til it recovers but I'm not a bamboo expert.

23/04/2013 at 22:34

I have two in my garden.One is planted out and is doing very well,it's been in for about eight years.The other i've had for about three years and is in a large pot.It's prone to drying out very quickly and the leaves curl and drop off.I give it a good long soak with the hose and it seems to recover.It too is quite pot bound but as the one planted out hasn't spread i reckon it's happy.

If i were you pat,i'd leave it as one plant and just make sure to water it often.

 

23/04/2013 at 23:32
Pat
Water and water and water for next few days.
Put into bigger pot too
Bamboos are easy to split.....you can saw in half, for example.....but I agree is best to keep it intact.
I grow phyllostachys aurea too but in a pot now. In the garden it attempted to take over in one growing season....it's roots travelled deep and wide popping up well outside its designated area.
Watering is the key though if in a pot
24/04/2013 at 08:00

I think any one is brave to plant a bamboo in the ground,

as they tend to spread so easily .

But i agree cut off old leaves, repot and water.

 Did u see MONTY  planting one in a tub last week?

24/04/2013 at 08:14
I did see Monty do that. Was bit surprised. Pot looked too small and that bamboo was huge. Not sure he thought that one out properly
24/04/2013 at 10:25

It was interesting to read that your bamboo tried to take over your garden Verdun.Mine has barely spread.I wonder why...  I do have another bamboo that i really regret planting now,not sure what it is,can't remember,but it's suddenly had the urge to take over the area around my wildlife pond.It was quite happy to confine itself to an area of about a square foot but now it's marching ever onward.Serious digging required methinks.

24/04/2013 at 12:54
Klink
The bamboo often goes deep and then emerges. I'm sure if you dug up your bamboo you,will be surprised by its spread.........prob find "feelers" several feet long.
Ironically some of the dwarfer bamboos that suggest good behaviour actually are very invasive.
I would never plant a bamboo in the garden.....it will bite!
After one year's growth my bamboo......in two different places, one dry and one in good soil......sent shoots everywhere. It took the following season or two to finally dig out energetic shoots.
In a cultivated plot with precious plants dont plant bamboo
24/04/2013 at 16:38

I have one of these that has spread 30 feet in one direction with the roots being at least 3 feet down.  Take great care

24/04/2013 at 18:16
Hey there folks, muddy fork has just said why none of us should grow bamboo. IT IS A THUG THAT CAN BECOME ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO ERADICATE
24/04/2013 at 18:33

I think i just like bad boys Verdun 

 

24/04/2013 at 20:37

Thanks for your suggestions everyone.  I have bought a bigger pot so am going to take your advice to leave the bamboo as one plant and repot .  Must remember to water well and hopefully will eventually see some improvement to it. I don't think I fancy putting it into the garden now anyway after what I've been reading about it taking over so shall be keeping it in a pot.  

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