Black Bamboo in container, repot or discard?

JerryVenturaNovember 20, 2011

I just wasn't finding anything in the bamboo forum so I thought I'd try out everyone here.

I have a black bamboo that has been in a large concrete container (2x2x3) for about 5 years. It was given to me by a friend at the nursery, so I just poured in some mix (way before I knew about Gritty) and planted it. It's nice considering I haven't done anything to it since potting it, but It's time to do something about it and I'd like to hear what you all think.

I'm not sure I should try and keep it in that container or get rid of it. The yard isn't an option, nothing that isn't edible goes into my yard that needs water after the first year, I've been switching over to natives. If I keep it should I try the Gritty Mix, or a variation of that? I never heard Gritty mix mentioned once on the bamboo forum, it was more talk of lots of compost. If I keep it going in that container I'm guessing I'm going to just cut out a chunk and discard the rest. Then would re-potting every 2 years be a better schedule for this plant? You think it's not worth my time and I should get a better option?

Looking forward to some idea's,


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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Hey, Jerry!

I grow Black Bamboo, but not in containers.
I would recommend the 5-1-1 mix for the extra moisture retention.
Re-potting every couple years would be a good idea, indeed.


    Bookmark   November 20, 2011 at 11:34PM
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Hi Josh,

I was kinda thinking 5-1-1 mix also, I'm just not sure it's going to be worth messing with every couple years. On one hand I wouldn't mind eventually getting one large cane growing out of the container. On the other hand a nice fig would look really good in that container and I could let it go about 4 years before a redo.


    Bookmark   November 21, 2011 at 12:14AM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Honestly, I'd go for the fig.

I like Black Bamboo much better than figs, of course, but unless you can really let the Bamboo
get big, it likely wouldn't be worth the hassle. Re-potting every few years would also
limit the size of the Bamboo culms, so you'd never get to enjoy the full effect.

A fig, however, could be sculpted to compliment the area.


    Bookmark   November 21, 2011 at 9:43AM
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