Bamboo plants for containers
Bamboos look beautiful in pots and containers. They're great for using as part of Japanese themed gardens or just for adding structure and movement to planter displays. The combination of shapes, textures and colours that can be combined with bamboo is limitless and because the container acts as a barrier you won't need to worry about them taking over your garden. Container growing also allows your bamboo to be moved around to optimise the light conditions. Bamboos are tall and narrow, making them ideal for balconies and patios where space is at a premium, although they will require a little more care and attention than their counterparts grown in the border. Choose a strong, sturdy container that will act as an impenetrable barrier for the bamboos roots. The roots of running bamboos in particular can break through almost anything so a metal or a robust wooden planter is really the only option for running varieties. Plastic pots are definitely out of the question. A container that drains well is also essential. If you have something that is otherwise ideal, drill drainage holes into the base. You'll want to position your container on top of pot feet once planted up to ensure the bottom of the roots don't lie wet. Choose glazed clay over terracotta pots. See our article on how to grow bamboo plants in containers for more information.