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Enjoyed reading all of the comments. I have been given a small 'clump' of P.nigra by a friend who is moving house, I have taken on board the advice given so hope it wont take over
Nigra isn't anything like as invasive as its cousin Aurea. That can be a real brute if not contained effectively.
Ok, not as invasive as Aurea but it IS invasive. All of the phyllostachys are runners and likely to be a real problem. May be fine for a year or two but they keep running underground and then pop up everywhere
Thanks. I will plant it in a sheltered position in a large tub and see what transpires.
Paradoxically most bamboos struggle in pots. Remember Monty's effort earlier in the year? Bet he wont show it again
Thanks Verdun. After all the advice given I am now well equipped to go ahead.