Will this bamboo escape?
I originally posted this on the Southern gardening forum, and someone suggested posting it here. I didn't know this was here!
I have been planning on digging up some bamboo from a (huge!) patch near my in-laws' house and putting it in a very large pot and setting it on concrete in my courtyard. It is a running type and I know it wouldn't be safe to plant in the ground (It has completely taken over the vacant lot next to my in-laws' house!). I'm trying for a "tropical" look in my courtyard, and I can't afford to buy bamboo...it's expensive! (Isn't that black bamboo great?)
But I got to wondering if it might perhaps throw some seeds out and spread that way? I guess if I do plant it, I need to cut off any flowers that might form? I SURE don't want any of that stuff in my yard...my neighbor mentioned once that she was thinking of planting some at the back corner of her yard (which borders mine and is right next to my compost pile and a "wild" section of my yard that I don't mow) and I threatened her life! (We are good friends...she didn't do it, thank God, or we might not be!) Besides getting all in my compost pile and obliterating it, it would spread into the pasture behind us, and the poor cows soon wouldn't have anywhere to go!
Anyway, I just thought I'd check first and see what everybody here thinks of my idea, if it would be safe?
Btw, anyone who thinks that there is no kind of bamboo that springs up and grows like a foot overnight doesn't live in Louisiana! :-)