Invasive Bamboo - Phyllostachus, Sasa & Pleiobastus

Where does invasive Bamboo come from?
Originally, Bamboo comes from Asian forests. The name ‘Bamboo’ is Malaysian. Rumour has it that its name is based on the ‘bam-boom’ sound produced by this plant when it is burning. The humid and warm Malaysian climate stimulates explosive growth of this variety. In the climate of the Netherlands, Bamboo is also a tough and strong plant that grows quickly. As its name implies, invasive bamboos are very fast growers, that can invade all of your garden. If you plant it in open ground, it is most important to limit its growth by means of root barriers. Remember to determine in advance to what area you need to limit the spread of Bamboo.

The Perfect Garden invasive Bamboos include the following varieties:
– Pleiobastus
– Sasa
– Phyllostachys

When does Bamboo flower?
Invasive Bamboo does not flower because they spread by their roots (Rhizomes). Because this plant spread underground, avoid planting it near stone paths or terraces because this plant will grow upwards through these. 

What is the best location for invasive Bamboo?
Bamboo grows well in semi-shade. A spot that gets some sun is acceptable, but ensure that the midday sun is avoided. This will cause the leaves to curl and brown off. If you plant your Bamboo in a pot to stop it from spreading, make sure that it has plenty of space to prevent the plant from cracking the pot.
How should I prune invasive Bamboo?
You can prune invasive Bamboo all year round. Pruning in the summer or between October and January will stimulate growth. You can use it to form a hedge by pruning it into the shape you need. Bamboo can be pruned in two ways: you can choose to go for a dense or open (thinned out) hedge. By thinning it out you will ensure that the structure of its stems remains visible. Thinning is best done by cutting its oldest (thickest) stems down to the ground. 

Is Bamboo suitable for balconies?
Invasive Bamboo grows very well in a big enough trough or pot. It is important to give it plenty of water and to avoid the midday sun. When well looked after, Bamboo can make an excellent balcony plant! 

How do I care for my invasive Bamboo?
Invasive Bamboo can be planted almost all your round, as long as conditions are frost free. It grows well in semi-shade. During warmer periods, Bamboo needs plenty of water. Too little moisture will cause the leaves to curl. Don’t forget to fertilize your Bamboo; organic materials are best for this. Water the Bamboo well afterwards.
  • Winter hardiness:
    Very good

  • Soil type:
    Humus rich, moisture capturing soil

  • Moisture levels:
    Plenty of water

  • Location:
    Shade/semi-sun

  • Height:
    80 to 200 centimeter

  • Evergreen or deciduous:
    Evergreen

  • Pruning:
    Yes, two options

  • Fertilizing:
    2 to 3 times per year

  • Flower:
    Invasive Bamboo does not flower

  • Trivia:
    Explosive and uncontolled growth can be limited by root limitation devices. It is recommended you plan how much you want your Bamboo to spread in advanche.

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