Bamboo Plants

Does Bamboo Have Running Roots or Straight Down Roots?

alpharrp added on March 12, 2015 | Answered

I am concerned about planting bamboo at my fence. I do not want roots to go under fence.

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Answered on March 12, 2015

Are you looking to grow clumping or running bamboo? If you want to plant bamboo near a fence I would suggest avoiding running bamboo as its underground rhizomes can go under fences and pop up everywhere. Clumping bamboos have a very short root structure and would be a better choice, however, it needs a wide berth of several feet to grow and should be planted at some distance away from your fence.

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Answered on March 12, 2015

Bamboo may not be the right choice for planting in an area you do not want plants spreading. The roots will run and spread.
Bamboo can be difficult to keep under control.

Here is a few links for you to read.

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