Which Bamboo Is Right For Me?
If this is your first time purchasing clumping bamboo, or you now have another need for this useful plant, this is a great article to find out which bamboo is right for you. With just a few questions to answer, you can narrow down your choice of bamboo dramatically!
1. What purpose is my clumping bamboo for?
Are you planting your bamboo primarily because you are needing privacy screening or hedging, do you want to create shade, will they be a fencing replacement, will they be used as a feature plant to enhance your garden aesthetically...? Generally there will be one MAIN reason you need bamboo, although you could have multiple, and this is a great start with which 'category' of bamboo to select from.
2. How tall and wide do I want my clumping bamboo to grow?
We like to suggest doing an actual measure of the area you are wanting to plant in - particularly the height needed - as casual guesses can often be far off the reality! Ideally you will measure the height needed, length and width of the garden bed (or pot). All bamboos have a typical growing height and width of their clump - the size in which they will cease to expand and simply exist at that size (as clumping bamboo do not spread, they simply develop a circular clump) Also consider the 'air space' the bamboo can fan out to. Some bamboo are very upright, others grow in a V shape, taking up more room at the top then they do in the ground.
3. What type of conditions will my clumping bamboo be growing in?
Are you planting in a full sun position with tough, hard, dry soil that won't receive much attention? Are you planting in a shady area in between two houses? Are you planting your bamboo in pots? Different clumping bamboos have different tolerance levels/ growing requirements and some species are much better at thriving on their own or in pots if necessary. Please consider your sun situation, soil condition, amount of water they will receive naturally/ and from you etc.
These fundamental questions are what our friendly and knowledgable staff initiate with any customer to discover the requirements they have before suggesting the ideal bamboo species.
By answering these questions before you speak to one of our professionals, or visit us in our Garden Centre, you can confidently understand what benefits you need from the bamboo; and how best to select one of our magnificent bamboos out of the choices we suggested!
Now thats easy shopping!