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PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 4:25 pm    Post subject: Which tree - bamboo? Reply with quote

Oiutside my front door there is a space before the lawn begins. I want asomething tall there for privacy and to prevent people hopping over rthe small fence.

It needs to stay in pot as the ground is cement. I saw a bamboo at a garden centre, about 6 feet tall would that work. If not what would remembering it must stay in pot be tall evergreen

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2008 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Banner

Bamboo sounds good. Plant it in a large heavy pot/planter so the wind won't blow it over, and it won't get nicked.

All the best.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2008 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Sue

Bamboo can be left in the pot ? Is this ever green?

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2008 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Banner - yes bamboo are evergreen. Of course most plants do better in the ground, but bamboo can be grown in pots, especially a decent sized one. I would recommend you go for a 'clumper' not a 'runner'. Phyllostachys are runners, so try Fargesia which are clumpers (which look nicer in a pot). There are many different types of Fargesia, but I'm sure the garden centre can advise you.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2008 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK Sue, thanks . I am not sure which one the garden centre had think it was Phyllostachys. If you have any more info I would appreciate.

I want iot in a large as possible pot to block this space between my fron t door an beginning of grass which is four feet. The one in the garden center was 6 feet high which is just what i want

Thanks again, I will takew your suggestions on board

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2008 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

banner, a "runner" bamboo will have a more vigorous root system than a "clumper".
So a "clumper" is more suitable to confinement within a pot.
Have a look at this thread for an idea of what Fargesia. a "clumper" looks like for screening....... Screen bamboo.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2008 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GPI wrote:
banner, a "runner" bamboo will have a more vigorous root system than a "clumper".
So a "clumper" is more suitable to confinement within a pot.
Have a look at this thread for an idea of what Fargesia. a "clumper" looks like for screening....... Screen bamboo.
OK thanks for that link

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2008 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The one they had was phyllostachy nigra which i understand is a runner but they told me it will be ok in large planter. What do you guys think?
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2008 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Banner - wouldn't be the best for a pot as their roots are vigorous, however some people do grow them in pots. Just make sure the pot is a decent size. Bamboos need lots of water, so a large pot would ensure it doesn't dry out as quickly and also to give those roots some room. Phyllostachy Nigra, which is a nice bamboo, can reach a height of 55ft though.

Where abouts in Ireland are you? Are you anywhere near Wexford?

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2008 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Prudence wrote:
Hi Banner - wouldn't be the best for a pot as their roots are vigorous, however some people do grow them in pots. Just make sure the pot is a decent size. Bamboos need lots of water, so a large pot would ensure it doesn't dry out as quickly and also to give those roots some room. Phyllostachy Nigra, which is a nice bamboo, can reach a height of 55ft though.

Where abouts in Ireland are you? Are you anywhere near Wexford?

Sue
Welli have paid for them now, They will be in a square planter which is almost 2 feet wide/long
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Prudence wrote:
Hi Banner - wouldn't be the best for a pot as their roots are vigorous, however some people do grow them in pots. Just make sure the pot is a decent size. Bamboos need lots of water, so a large pot would ensure it doesn't dry out as quickly and also to give those roots some room. Phyllostachy Nigra, which is a nice bamboo, can reach a height of 55ft though.

Where abouts in Ireland are you? Are you anywhere near Wexford?

Sue
Welli have paid for them now, They will be in a square planter which is almost 2 feet wide/long
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 10:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

banner wrote:
They will be in a square planter which is almost 2 feet wide/long


Seems a bit small for Phyllostachy Nigra. But if you are planting them up in pots this size use a good quality compost with slow release feed incorparated. Then each spring remove the top 2 inches of compost and replace it with fresh compost made up of a mixture similar to the original planting medium.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2008 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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the horticulturist said it would be fine and she is repotting it for me with compost

Thanks for the feedback
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2008 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi,my neighbour has 2 bay tree`s in a large pot either side of her front door,now they are about 5 ft high and look good,and you can pick leaves for your pasta dishes!
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2008 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes the bay tree are lovely, i plan to gey some
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