Originally Posted by toofrugalformycat
I should do a post like this next spring with Anchorage dandelions.
steal away. i already stole this idea from watching nords' pineapple ripen (don't worry, it wasn't at a naked twister party).
How well will bamboo do in large containers?
We have a deck with a good southwest sunny face here in north carolina and some real good deep sized planters. Want to make a screen with them? Types? Suggestions, thanks.
i wouldn't suggest for deck for a few reasons. the main reason might be their mess. bamboo loves mulch so much that it makes it's own fairly regularly. my anal retentive neighbor planted some in his oriental-themed lanai and now i hear him out there every weekend with his leaf blower.
i planted gardens around this house in jungle fashion and so the droppings fit naturally the landscape. i also did a bamboo hedge running about 75 feet in front of the house, along the street, which will soon be messing up every neighbor's front yard within a block radius. ain't i funny?
the other reason is more manageable but still annoying. the rhizomes are both strong and persistant. i have one example of creeping bamboo (as opposed to the cluster varieties) which i keep in container. i wanted it in the ground so i dug a big hole, sunk a heavy duty outdoor plastic garbage can (bottom holed) and planted the bamboo there. within two years it had broken through the plastic sides and started to spread out of the container. i had to carefully remove the entire root system before it took over the town and have it above ground now.
so you could do bamboo if you are willing to work it. the spreading bamboo might be better as it would fill your containers. you will have to clean up often if you are a neatnik and you will have to replant every so often when it outgrows the containers.
you can shop for them online or maybe you have a local grower. shop according to cold tolerance, height, etc. i couldn't really suggest one because i don't know your preferences. you will find a wide variety of texture, leaf size, plant size, foliage thickness, care requirements, etc.
here are some sites with good pictures & pricing if you care to browse:
Tropical Bamboo Nursery - The Bamboo Plant Source
Bamboo Down Under - Australia's number one retail bamboo nursery!