How easy is it to take cuttings from bamboo?
Last year I bought a house in Normandy, France (it says California in my profile because it wouldn't take France, Normandy or my Zip code when I signed up to join this forum). The house has a two and a half acre garden surrounded by hedgerows, but unfortunatly the hedgerows are all composed of deciduous plants, bushes and trees. Unfortunatly, because my only neighbour has a house and garden that look like it would be better suited to a dirty hippy encampment, with caravans, wheel-less cars, rusting shoping carts, etc all over the place. While this is thankfully blocked from view in the summer, I need to put some evergreen plants in the hedge to block out this hideous view in the winter. Bamboo looks like it would be perfect for the job, and I can get a ready supply of bamboo shoots from another friends garden. However, I have no idea how to take bamboo cuttings (clones) succesfully and as I will need a hedge at least 150 feet long, I would appreciate some advice on how to take the cuttings, how far apart to plant the individual plants, when to do it, etc. I have been told that bamboo is a very agressive, fast growing, invasive plant which sounds fine for me. I can mow and cut it back on my side of the hedge, and if their garden is overrun with bamboo in 12 months, all the better for me (they only seem to fill it with more and more junk, anyway). I have no idea of the specific type of bamboo that I have and as I can't attach my own photos and don't know one species of bamboo from another, any general advice on the best way to grow, plant and care for what appears to be a really common, screening type of bamboo that grows well in temperatures of -10 to 30C (10 to 90 F- Zone 7 or 8, I think) Thank you in advance.