Bamboo is one of the most useful plants in the world, but you need to know what kind of bamboo you are getting and you need to take care that it doesn't take over. Growing bamboo in containers is an excellent option if you can provide retaining walls. Here's a Bamboo 101, with some words of encouragement and caution.
Some of you bamboo growers may have noticed your plants flowering in recent years. This is beautiful, but it usually means the plant will begin to die off soon. Thatís not a major problem for gardeners, since if you look closely around the area of the bamboo plant, you will probably find a seedling or two popping up. But it can be devastating for cultures that rely on bamboo as a crop. The American Bamboo Society has an interesting article on how Flowering Bamboo Presents an Opportunity.
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