September 13, 2010 at 12:35 am #253185
I am planting out recently purchased and quite pricey clumping bamboos .They are grown in large black pots but are very root bound. Should I try to tease out these circular roots before planting? Or perhaps soak the whole thing in a bucket of water first to wash away soil and make it easier to spread the roots out a bit? Will they snap easily?September 14, 2010 at 1:31 am #476357
Hi folk! Can anyone help with my bamboo question please? It’s probably an elementary question related to all roots, but I am in Permies Grade 1……but eager to learn.September 14, 2010 at 2:25 am #476358
I really don’t know but I wouldn’t worry too much. I’d just tease out the roots as best I could and just plant them. I would say they would be pretty forgiving.
🙂September 14, 2010 at 3:26 am #476359
Sounds like you could get away with dividing the clumps and doubling, tripling, or even quadrupling your investment. You only need to have one or two canes growing from a rhizome to successfully transplant.September 14, 2010 at 5:12 am #476360
I was under the impression that bamboo is pretty tough stuff, certainly the non clumping stuff is bomb proof. i have a dwarf bamboo that has recovered from a near death experience after I left it out the front for too long. I’d be tempted to hack into the roots a bit … but I’m like that.September 14, 2010 at 12:25 pm #476361
Sounds like you could get away with dividing the clumps and doubling, tripling, or even quadrupling your investment. You only need to have one or two canes growing from a rhizome to successfully transplant.
Well.There’s a thought. Trouble is they are not cheap and I think I’m a bit scared to do that as a bamboo beginner! Think I’ll just try and loosen up the roots a bit. I did plant one as it was from the pot so will be interesting to see if loosening the roots makes any difference to the growth.Thanks for your answers.September 14, 2010 at 11:24 pm #476362
Bamboo has no problem with being root bound. The roots are thickety and fibrous anyway. Teasing the ones curled around the pot will stop any girdling (root grows around plant and strangles it) but that’s unlikely with bamboo anyway. You can divide it up but there is a (slight) chance of rot.September 14, 2010 at 11:27 pm #476363
Don’t be precious about it. They’re tough as boots and you can be quite brutal. They do like to have a whole rhizome though, so try not to cut them up too small. As Bill mentioned, they can rot from the location of the cut. I don’t think you have anything to lose.September 15, 2010 at 6:15 am #476364
We have several clumping bamboo in large pots that we have to repot every couple of years because of being rootbound. We just get the pruning saw and cut into quarters and re pot. No losses so far.September 15, 2010 at 12:57 pm #476365
Thanks everyone. I’ll update in a year or so !
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