3 Tips To Consider When Selecting Bamboo For Your Garden

OK, so I had promised this post a couple of weeks ago but I had an idea to do this as a vlog {video blog} and therefore got a little sidetracked! I needed a microphone to do this so I ordered one in from Mike's Camera in downtown Boulder. But when I plugged it in it didn't work. Something to do with needing 4 sections on the plug. This only had 2. I should have researched a little more.


Anyway, I strapped on my video training wheels and worked around it by holding up my iPhone earphones with microphone as close to my mouth as possible, without it showing. After too many takes to count, my original setup on a glass table by the window collapsed on me - serious OUCH! Luckily it was only the glass vase that broke and not the glass table.

I regrouped and gave it one last go. And here it is. Unfortunately it cuts out at the end because Phil walked through the door behind me just as I was wrapping it up...

*palm slapping to the top of the forehead moment*

There are further details below after the video with the end of the 3rd tip, plus a few of my favourite Bamboo species that I love.

I promise to work on my video form for you! But as they say, you never start out perfect, right?!

Quick reference from the video -

Tip #1 : Be sure to find out the variety of the Bamboo you are planting -  is it clumping or running?

  • Clumping can be planted into the ground.
  • Running must be planted in a contained pot as it is invasive and is classed as a noxious weed in some states.

Tip #2 : Make sure the aspect or location is correct for the species of Bamboo 

  • Does it require full sun or shade?
  • Is it tolerant of wind?
  • Do you require a variety that can be used as a wind break or screening?
  • Can you access the plant easily for regular feeding?
  • Can you tolerate leaf litter in your pool?

Tip #3: Research the species to find out its growth habit 

  • Be sure to buy from reputable suppliers who label correctly
  • What is its maximum height?
  • Is it dense or open? Does this match your requirements?


Slender Weavers {Bambusa textilis 'Gracilis'} Clumping, up to 6-8 meters, fine stems

Japanese Hedge Bamboo {Bambusa multiplex} Clumping, dense, up to 4-5 meters

Black Bamboo {Phyllostachys nigra} Running so must be contained and requires shade as the sun will bleach the stems white. Beautiful form.

Thanks for watching! If you have any Bamboo questions feel free to email me hello@sgoxblog.com

MON. x