Many UK garden centres supply bamboo plants. Also, there are many online bamboo suppliers which you can get you bamboo plants from. Here are five bamboo suppliers that offer bamboo plants and related products. You can buy them online or in store near you.
1. Bamboo Land UK
Bamboo Land UK offers a wide range of bamboo plants and bamboo-related products, including bamboo poles and bamboo flooring. They also offer free delivery on all orders over £50.
2. Bamboo Garden
Bamboo Garden has been growing and supplying bamboo plants for over 25 years. They offer a wide range of species, including Phyllostachys bambusoides and Fargesia murielae, as well as bamboo-related products such as bamboo fencing and bamboo flooring.
3. Bamboo Grove
Bamboo Grove offers a wide selection of bamboo plants, including both clumping and running varieties. They also offer bamboo-related products such as bamboo poles and bamboo flooring.
4. Bamboo Direct
Bamboo Direct specialises in bamboo plants and offers a wide variety of species suitable for the UK climate. They also offer bamboo-related products such as bamboo poles and bamboo flooring and provide information and advice on caring for your bamboo plants.
5. Bamboo World
Bamboo World specialises in bamboo plants and offers a wide variety of species suitable for the UK climate. They also provide information and advice on caring for your bamboo plants.
If you need help, check out the list of UK bamboo suppliers on this page.
Bamboo belongs to the grass family, a characteristic most frequently emphasised. There are at least 1,000 species known to botanists and more are being documented. The huge differences between bamboo running and clump-forming bamboo give bamboo growers a wide range of plants to grow in the garden. So, if you are asking the question 'What Bamboo Can I Grow', you've come to the right place.
Here we take a look at the standout bamboo cultivars that feature prominently in many gardens around the world.
Bamboo plants are common in Asia and are also native plants of North America, the Pacific, and Africa. Some species also are native to the United States and Mexico.
For Europe and the United Kingdom landscapes, the clump-forming bamboo species are greatly preferred over running types, which can be invasive. Also, running species grow best in warmer parts of Europe.
Here in the UK, many clump-forming bamboos such as Fargesia murielae Simba perform well. Unlike popular belief, they can be slow to grow in the cooler areas however thrive when mature.
Feature bamboo: Bamboo murielae rufa is a variety of Fargesia cultivars from Southeast Asia. Plants grow rapidly and feature dense (umbrella) canopy, ideal for privacy screens.
What bamboo plant can I grow?
One of the award-winning running bamboo species in Europe and the UK is the Black Bamboo Nigra.
The Black Bamboo is outstanding because it behaves like clump-forming bamboo in the cooler area. This cold-hardy bamboo plant grows 4 to 6 metres tall in rich soil. It produces chocolate dark stems where there is plenty of direct suns.
For dense screens along boundaries, grow the bamboo plants 2 - 4 metres apart.
The umbrella bamboo cultivars owe their elegance to densely packed leaves and arching foliage. Their sheer thickness bends the bamboo stems, giving the impression of cascading plumes of foliage that sway in the slightest breeze.
Where can I buy bamboo plants?
Clump-forming bamboo plants range in height and provide additional options. One of them is Seabreeze bamboo, which grows rapidly to 12 metres in height. It tolerates pruning well, so it’s often used as a soft hedge.
A favourite of bamboo lovers in mild areas is the Phyllostachys aurea (Fish-pole golden bamboo), a 2-4 metres slender stem bamboo that gives the best garden sticks. It is winter hardy to - 20 degrees Celcius.
The ‘Price range’ in the tables above takes the lower-end price from the major online markets like e-Bay and Amazon at the time of this article.
Costs of Bamboos ranges between £20 and £60 or can be even higher. When buying plants, always choose a reputable garden shop because they sell high-quality plants.
Always check the post and package cost as this may not be included in the final cost of the bamboo plant. This may be dumb, but it is the best way to avoid paying more than you should.
The upper price limits are from the leading Garden Centres in the UK. The upper price limits are indicative of the delivery prices. However, the prices do fluctuate, therefore check the actual door price before making a purchase.
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Online bamboo P&P:
Getting bargain garden bamboo plants from online marketplaces like Amazon and e-Bay can be satisfying.
However, the price of Garden Bamboo Plants from online marketplaces does not include the postage and packing, P&P.
Therefore, it is perhaps important to check out the actual cost price of the plant on sale before buying it.
Fargesia Robusta Campbell is the fastest growing bamboo in the Fargesia murielae and Fargesia Nitida group, hence the name robust or robusta.
Its stem is strikingly slender and tall, new growths form tight clusters, ideal for tall hedges and natural privacy screens.
Fargesia Robusta ‘Campbell’ Bamboo
Umbrella Bamboo ‘Campbell’ is well known as the Fargesia murielae robusta ‘Campbell'. This clump-forming bamboo has evergreen dark green foliage. Its stems are light green, long and slender.
Robusta Campbell is a fast-growing Fargesia bamboo that can reach a full height of approximately 5m during a year’s growth and remain evergreen for more than 5 years.
Campbell Bamboo’s new shoots are dark red. As they grow, the striking colour contrast between the light brown sheath and the light green stem and dark green leaves is stunning, observable between Spring and early Summer.
The elegant Fargesia robusta 'Campbell' is ideal for tall hedges and privacy screens. It is containable in pots and containers. It prefers a nice sunny spot, with good soil and moisture to grow well.
Robusta ‘Campbell’ Bamboo Care
Though Fargesia 'Campbell' Bamboo is a low-maintenance plant, the new plant may require water and mulch to establish its roots and shoots.
It may need tidying up in Spring by cutting the old culms.
If you wish to re-grow the bamboo, separate the stems from the base culms or re-grow using the culm cuttings.
Phyllostachys aurea Fishpole Golden Bamboo is an all-rounder, slim running bamboo, that grows well in shade, part shade and sun, with spectacular evergreen slender leaves and light green stems that mature to golden yellow.
This is one of the best bamboo plants to grow for garden bamboo sticks because of its thick and slender tall stems.
Golden Bamboo Phyllostachys aurea UK sales
The RHS has recognised Phyllostachys aurea for its outstanding garden features.
Golden Yellow Cane Bamboo [Phyllostachys vivax f. aureocaulis]is a tall and thick running bamboo, best for tall hedges and screens.
The golden stems have spectacular bright green stripes running vertically along the internode. This stunning bamboo is an all-rounder, you can grow it as a standalone plant, garden centrepiece or tall screen.
Phyllostachys vivax f. aureocaulis is an RHS Merit Award-winning bamboo, that grows well in a mild temperate climate.
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Identification: Phyllostachys vivax f. aureocaulis, Golden Chinese Timber Bamboo, Golden Yellow Cane Bamboo.
Site: Grows well in full sun to partial shade.
Soil: Well-drained loam soil, moist.
Uses: Excellent for hedging, screening or large pots and containers. Do not do well in windy sites.
Winterhardiness: Hardy to – 15 degrees Celsius.
Height: a tall bamboo 10 - 12m.
Spread: running bamboo (behaves like clumping bamboo in a temperate climate), 4 – 6m
Foliage: Evergreen tall foliage
Cane colour: spectacular green stripes, yellow, bright to matured dark orangey yellow.
Golden Yellow Cane Bamboo Tall Screen
Golden Yellow Cane Bamboo is an ideal bamboo plant for a tall hedge or natural privacy screen. The tall dense growth and golden yellow bamboo cluster are prominent outdoors.
This large tall bamboo (Phyllostachys vivax f. aureocaulis) is a recipient of the prestigious RHS Merit Awards, one of the award-winning Phyllostachys bamboo plants.
The others include
1. Phyllostachys aurea,
2. Phyllostachys Aureaculata bissettii, and
3. Phyllostachys nigra.
Propagate Golden Yellow Cane Bamboo [Phyllostachys vivax f. aureocaulis]
Although the Golden Yellow Cane Bamboo is a low-maintenance plant, the new growth will require care and attention.
Slugs can wipe off the fresh leaves in one visit if left unprotected.
If you are propagating bamboo plants either from the rhizome or cane cuttings or planting a recent purchase, protect the new growths by adding Slug and Snail Killer.
The Golden Yellow Cane Bamboo can spread to an average of 6 metres (or more) during a humid Spring or hot Summer.
This running bamboo needs space to grow. Always grow this bamboo in barriers to stop spreading.
The new rhizomes and canes can reach their full spread and height, respectively, during a warm Spring or hot Summer.
Although Phyllostachys vivax f. aureocaulis varieties are undemanding, a fully grown bamboo will require attention because it's invasive.
The plants thrive in the cooler temperate climate where there is well-drained loamy soil high in moisture and nutrient contents. Like most bamboo plants in the UK, they do not grow well in compacted soil.
Maintain tall bamboo plants
This tall bamboo with dense evergreen foliage is susceptible to heavy snowfall and strong wind. To protect from falling, use strong ropes to tie them back.
You can contain the Golden Chinese Timer Bamboo in large pots and containers.
This impressive bamboo may not grow to its full height in contained spaces, but planted in nutrient-rich soil with good moisture, it will surely exhibit its best features.
Here is a video to show you how to provide support for tall bamboo.
Culm colour: Silver grey to light green, matures to yellow.
Grow Chinese Moso Bamboo
The Edulis Chinese Moso Bamboo is one of the largest Phyllostachys bamboo plants. It grows well in temperate to sub-tropical regions where the average temperature is 10 degrees Celsius.
This running bamboo is recorded to have grown over 3 metres in a day. It is among the fast-growing bamboo.
An amazing bamboo, it can reach its full height in the first 3 -5 years and remain evergreen for more than 10 years.
The Edulis Moso Bamboo brings the semi-tropical feeling to large gardens and open woodland spaces.
It is a stunning bamboo that stands out wherever it is planted and does well as an individual plant.
The best to plant it out in the garden is early Spring as the new tips and leaves are growing.
Moso Bamboo Care
Although the Moso Bamboo is hardy to -20 degrees Celsius, it is susceptible to very cold weather, frozen soil, heavy snow, and particularly, strong wind.
The leaves will turn brown and fall off the stems if the weather gets below the UK Zone 7 temperature range.
In addition, the tall frames of this bamboo will struggle to support its height and weight if it grows in areas where there are strong winds. Therefore, carefully select a site away from the direct wind.
(Check out the Japanese Timber Bamboo 'Midake', a Bamboo that shares the same features as Moso Bamboo).
The matured Edulis Moso Bamboo plants are undemanding, they’ll thrive in clay, sand, or loamy soil once the roots and rhizomes are established in the soil.
However, it is important to monitor the growth of this large bamboo. It can get messy if left unchecked. Apply mulch early in Spring to promote new growths.
Alternatively, adding mulch in Autumn may be required to protect the top layer from frost and cold if you expect a cooler Winter.
Propagate Chinese Moso Bamboo Seeds, Base-culms and Cuttings
Uses: Pots or containers, hedge or screen, undergrowth (ideal for small gardens, roof terraces or contained spaces).
Site: Prefers shade.
Soil: well-drained moist, loam or sand and clay.
Winterhardiness: -15 degrees Celsius.
Grow Fargesia Murieliae Simba
Bamboo Simba is an ideal choice for its non-invasiveness and miniature decorative appearance.
It is prominent as a small bamboo at a height of 2m. This hardy bamboo thrives in small, confined spaces.
Fargesia Murieliae Simba has the finest and toughest among the Fargesia Murieliae.
This evergreen bamboo forms a tight cluster of dense growth low down due to arching branches and dense slender foliage. An ideal bamboo for small gardens, terraces, patios and containers.
Maintain Fargesia Bamboo Plants
Growing clump-forming bamboo in a non-native climate requires care and protection, especially when they are newly planted.
Although most bamboo plants are tolerant of pests and diseases, there is a number of natural threats to be aware of. Mitigating these early threats is the best thing to do to protect the new growth.
Here are the common threats of Bamboo Simba.
The new leaves, shoots and rhizomes tips low down on the ground are susceptible to slug attack.
Very high temperatures and heat can cause yellowing and curling leaves and browning of new shoots.
Frozen soil can cause damage to the root hairs and rhizomes.
Fargesia Murieliae Simba does not like compacted hard soil.
Over-watering can damage the plant.
Care for Fergasia Clumping Bamboo Plants
To avoid the natural threats to your bamboo plants, do these:
Apply Slug and Snail Killer around your new bamboo plants and shoots.
Add organic mulch. [ref. VIDEO]
Check the soil moisture.
Water during dry seasons.
Propagate Fargesia Bamboo
Generally, there are three ways to propagate bamboo from the seeds, by culm and rhizome cuttings, or by culm separation. Propagating Fargesia Murieliae Simba by separation is the best way to get new plants.
As mentioned earlier, though Bamboo Simba is tolerant to pests and diseases in the UK, slugs love the tender new growths.
If you are propagating bamboo plants or planting a recent purchase, protect the new growths by adding Slug and Snail Killer around the new plants.
Fargesia Murieliae Simba (umbrella bamboo) is known to have been in Europe since the 1970s, it's fairly in a new variety in the UK. There are over 20 Fargesia nitida and Fargesia Murieliae varieties that grow well in the UK.
Bamboos are amazing plants. They come in various sizes, shapes, colours, and formations. Although some varieties (Phyllostachys) are invasive, they are manageable.
The Fargesia (such as Murieliae Robusta, Nitida varieties) are non-invasive, and form clusters of rigorous stems and clumps that do not spread. They are best for small gardens.
These clump-forming, non-invasive bamboo plants are ideal for small hedges and individual plants. They thrive in pots and containers, and in small spaces like the terrace and balconies.
In the UK, Fargesia bamboo plants can grow an average of 0.5 – 1.0m in Spring, reaching their full maturity in 3 – 5 years. And remain evergreen, providing the evergreen cover all year round for 20 to 30 years.