Bamboo to ixnay McMansions

belladomJune 6, 2013

Can bamboo grow 15 feet high or more in a pot that is no more than 14 inches wide, but can be very tall and long? I am trying to block a McMansion next door. There is no dirt on this side of the house, only a city-mandated storm drain.

Here is a picture of a bamboo growing on the other side of the house to hide another McMansion. I like this bamboo which I was told is a not a "runner." Do you know it's name, and would it do well in the pot?

Thank you!

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Looks like Bambusa textilis in your pictures.

I grew some Bambusa oldhamii to 22+ feet in a 14 inch pot, but it won't do well for long. It quickly becomes rootbound and will need to be re-potted regularly.


    Bookmark   June 6, 2013 at 10:01PM
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kudzu9(Zone 8a - PNW)

Why don't you build a raised bed so that you can provide an adequate amount of soil to get the height you want?

    Bookmark   June 7, 2013 at 2:45AM
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How do I build a raised bed?

    Bookmark   June 7, 2013 at 5:01PM
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kudzu9(Zone 8a - PNW)

There are many options. For example, they are easily assembled by nailing boards together, or by stacking landscape blocks. Check out the pictures in the link below.

Here is a link that might be useful: Raised bed pictures

    Bookmark   June 7, 2013 at 5:50PM
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That's what we were thinking of doing, either making by ourselves, or custom, but I only have about 12-to 14" width in the walkway for this, height and length can be much more.... I'm wondering if the bamboo can grow in something so narrow?

    Bookmark   June 8, 2013 at 6:24PM
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