potting new bamboo shoots

steve-gMay 29, 2007

I have a patch of bamboo growing in my yard. This spring some new shoots have surfaced in a direction I don't want the bamboo to grow. Will the new shoots (about 1-2 feet tall now and about 1-3 feet from main clump) survive if I dig them up and put them in a large pot? I'm not sure the type of bamboo but half of it grows in a zig-zag pattern.

I'm a total bamboo novice so I apologize if this issue is has been beat to death.

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kudzu9(Zone 8a - PNW)

If you want to kill them now, dig them up. If you want them to survive in pots, let the shoots grow up so that the culms can harden off; then wait until the plant is dormant (next winter or very early spring) and then dig up the root ball and pot. If you chop the roots right now, it's equivalent to cutting the umbilical cord months early. In the future, if you want to avoid shoots coming up where you don't want them, take a sharp shovel and chop all around the boundary you want to maintain, which will kill any rhizomes that are escaping too far. Usually this is done in the fall.

And your bamboo is probably Ph. aureosulcata. Does it look like this?

Here is a link that might be useful: Ph. aureo

    Bookmark   May 29, 2007 at 4:27PM
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steve-g

Yes, exactly like that. Thanks for the response. I don't want kill it. I want it to grow south along my fence, but it seems to want to go east towards my house.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2007 at 4:37PM
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kudzu9(Zone 8a - PNW)

Well, if you make the divisions as I suggested you can force it to grow south. And if you live in a moderate Zone, you wouldn't have to pot them up. You could just take the division early next spring and replant it where you want immediately. What climate Zone are you in?

    Bookmark   May 30, 2007 at 1:02AM
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steve-g

8 I think... North Seattle (wedgwood).

    Bookmark   May 30, 2007 at 2:08AM
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kudzu9(Zone 8a - PNW)

Steve-
The timing I suggested for you should work fine as I'm also in Zone 8. In fact, we're neighbors...I'm in Bothell!

    Bookmark   May 30, 2007 at 11:06AM
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steve-g

thanks for the advice. if the bamboo doesn't creep much closer to the house I will leave it be until next year.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2007 at 7:41PM
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kudzu9(Zone 8a - PNW)

Steve-
Where it's coming up is probably the limit of creep for this year. Good luck.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2007 at 12:02PM
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