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Hello I was thinking of having a bamboo plant in my garden . But it will need to go into a pot I am unsure of which type to use . Did like the look of Phyllostachys Nigra is this one any good for life in a pot ?



Give it a go but in a pot only. Where I live there is a regulation pending banning the sale of any type of bamboo plant due to its agressiveness and potential for its eternal presence in ground plantings.

2 Feb, 2016


We have various bamboos and have had P. nigra in the ground for about a decade and it is very well behaved.
It is often planted in pots in designer gardens.
You need a pot that is:
1/ round (the rhizomes will head to the corners of a square pot)
2/ preferably wider at the top than the bottom (to make it easier to pull out when it outgrows the pot - to divide it and then put the best part - with rhizomes with buds -back in)
3/ a good size (so it doesn't outgrow the pot too fast)
4/ not terracotta (it will dry out too fast)
5/ not metal (it will heat up and dry the contents faster)
6/ of decent weight (to stop it being blown over when it gets bigger)

The RHS recommends that (smaller) bamboos be grown in a large pot at least 18in across and deep, in loam based potting compost such as John Innes No 3, adding controlled release fertiliser pellets and water-retaining gel in the compost when planting.
Their page is at:

3 Feb, 2016


I'd stick to growing it in a pot, for sure - I planted Phyllostachys nigra in a client's garden, and its run everywhere, popping up in the paving nearby too. It's not supposed to run in UK, but with warmer temperatures, its started behaving differently. It should do okay in a pot, provided you pot it on into a larger container when it needs it, and after that, turn it out and split it, disposing of half the clump and replanting the other half. Average height in the ground is around 13 feet - will likely be shorter in a pot.

3 Feb, 2016


If you really want bamboo, I would go with the clumping types, like Fargesia. I have several clumps of Dendrocalamus barbatus I started from seed, and in 10 years, they are only 1½ feet across. It is also fun to watch the stalks come up larger every year.

3 Feb, 2016


I have to agree with Wylieintheazores, the clumping varieties like Fargesia is the way to go. Phyllostachys Nigra will quickly fill a pot and although semi-evergreen will be nipped back by the frosts and will be dropping dead leaves everywhere and become very messy.

4 Feb, 2016


Helo to all

Would like to say thank you to all for the help that everyone has give and I will be getting a bamboo soon . I will post a photo too :0)

5 Feb, 2016

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