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Pot-bound bamboo

Devon, United Kingdom Gb

Does anyone have any tips for removing a tall bamboo from its woefully pot-bound position? I asked a question about it some months ago and am just getting round to acting on your advice to plant it in the ground. It's new home is prepared to receive it, if only i could get it out of the pot!
The woody stems have wrapped around the inside of the pot (in an effort to find a way out of their prison?). I've soaked it and tried to get a knife round and down the inside but it won't budge.

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If its a plastic pot, a stanley knife and sweat might be the only answer. If its not plastic, smash the pot. Sorry, but I've been there ...

19 May, 2009


Thanks Mims. I think i'll have to resort to smashing the pot. Just been outside and had another go at it. I was determined that i wouldn't lose the pot 'cos my son bought it me when i started gardening and loving it. However, I don't think he'll notice if I get a replacement one. If you've had this problem too, and you are a pro, then I guess that solves it for me.
A new bamboo would be pretty expensive. I saw a similar sized one recently for £39!

19 May, 2009


Try not watering it for a while and the contents will shrink a bit, then one member of the family on the pot and the other on the bamboo just might save the pot!

19 May, 2009


Thanks Telme, I would never have thought of that. I'll give it a go.

19 May, 2009


is the neck of the pot wider than the rest of the pot or is like an alibaba type. if the neck is narrower then the only option is to break the pot :o(

19 May, 2009


No it's not an ali baba pot SBG, but I think I will eventually have to smash the pot anyway although I'll try Telme's idea first. Thankyou for answering.

19 May, 2009

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