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Bamboo are undoubtedly one of the most majestic of all ornamental foliage plants. However give them overly favorable conditions and they can quickly become an invasive pest and extremely difficult to eradicate. There is a solution. Rather than risk a lifetime of removing thumb-thick culms from your lawn, paths and herbaceous borders consider confining the root ball and growing your bamboo in a container.
Be aware though that bamboos are vigorous plants and will become root-bound over time. This will lead to weak growth, and sparse and discolored foliage due to nutrient deficiencies. This is resolved by either potting on into a larger pot or removing the bamboo to divide the root-stock and then replant one of the smaller sections back into its original pot. Pots with a body wider than its neck are unsuitable as you will not be able to remove pot bound root ball without breaking the pot.
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Reduce watering over the winter period but make sure the compost is kept at least moist. If the compost is allowed to dry out your bamboo can become stressed and drop its foliage.There is no need to feeding in the winter.
In very cold weather, the roots can become damaged by freezing temperatures so either move the pot to a frost free position or insulate the containers with bubble wrap.
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