Every once in awhile I'm asked how to grow bamboo without having it take over. Since we don't have many natural predators of bamboo in our gardens, like these happy campers here, the only surefire way I know of to guarantee bamboo won't escape is to plant it in a container. Even then, you have to keep an eye out that it doesn't creep over the sides. I've been told you can keep it in bounds with a metal edge, but I've seen it jump those too. Actually, I've seen it poke right through them. And I have known people to plant bamboo and move away, without a thought.
So I'd love to hear suggestions from those of you who have grown bamboo successfully, without it taking over the neighborhood. And if you're interested in trying to grow some bamboo yourself, consider the clumping varieties, rather than the vigorous runners.
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