Pros and cons of growing running bamboo plants

Generally, there are lots of bad stories about growing running bamboo in the garden because of its invasiveness. But they are great plants if you look after them well. 

Black Bamboo Phyllostachys nigra

Many bamboo growers prefer the runners because they are the option for a quick and long-lasting solution for hedging and privacy screening, as well as pot plants or for planting in contained spaces. 

Their evergreen dense foliage, different options for height and spread and fast-growing habits make them the ideal choice. 

It will require care and attention, either as new plants or in Spring when the new growths are prominent. 

In addition, mature plants can be difficult to remove when left unchecked for 2 to 3 years. 

The growing benefits of growing running bamboo definitely outweigh its invasiveness. 

Here are some great tips to help you pick the right running bamboo.

Best bamboo features and qualities

Phyllostachys and Pleioblastus varieties are popular running bamboos. They have a spectacular stem and sheath colourations. 

One of them is the spectacular Phyllostachys nigra – the Black Bamboo. We feature many of these bamboos here at G.B.P. Here are some names that you may be familiar with.
  • 1. Phyllostachys nigra (4 Cultivars of P. nigra)
  • 2. Phyllostachys nuda (Snow Bamboo)
  • 3. Phyllostachys humilis (Scottish Bamboo Plants)
  • 4. Phyllostachys aurea (4 Cultivars of P. Aurea)
  • 5. Phyllostachys vivax Aureocaulis (Golden Chinese Bamboo)
Find out about the unique features and garden qualities of these bamboos from our Phyllostachys Bamboo Collection.


Where to buy running bamboo plants?

We work with some big UK home and garden brands. 

Check out the links to go straight to their website where you can find out the bamboo collections and read more about each one.

What to do when buying potted bamboo plants?

Bamboo plants from garden shops and online marketplaces like eBay and Amazon have clear labels. This makes it easy to identify the bamboo. 

However, mix-ups are likely when buying bamboo plants online and also in stores. 

Whether you are buying bamboo seeds or bamboo in pots, it is always the right thing to read the labels properly. 

Also, read the reviews and descriptions before making a purchase.

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