Clumping Bamboo

Rediscover clumping Bamboo!

Clumping Bamboo are non invasive and cannot self propagate beyond their clump. Clumping bamboos make ideal low maintenance hedges or tall windbreaks, and are perfect for control of creek bank erosion or soil erosion without fear of invasive roots. Plus many will provide you with quality edible shoots and create wonderful sound and dust barriers.


Ponits to consider when selecting and growing your Bamboo;

When you select a clumping bamboo species for your particular site there are a few thing you should keep in mind. 

 Some clumping bamboos are more upright than others and will take up less space at the same height than others. They can, of course, be pruned back and this can encourage more leaf and branch growth from this point. If you have limited yard space but yet want to create a hedge, select a relatively upright species which will not lean over the fence and be a hassel for your neighbour, such as the tall graceful Bambusa textilis Gracilis or Bambusa Oldhamii. If you have the space, try a beautiful bushy ornamental clumping species such as Bambusa guangxiensis (Chineese Dwarf Bamboo).


Identify the size that the mature clump will reach. This will vary among species and you must also keep in mind that size will vary considerably on their growing conditions. If you plant into shallow, drier, poorer soil with minimal feeding and watering, bamboo plants will be smaller and less vigorous, and so the heights and size mentioned in bamboo descriptions may never be reached. In these drought conditons the bamboo will settle in well once established. Bamboos will grow well in a 'wet spot' area but will definately die if planted into pernamently boggy soil. 


Bamboo can grow to conform to whatever space it is given. Clumping bamboo repsond well to pruning especially in the growing season. Shoots can easily be shortened while the plants are still small by lopping off the culms just above a node to control height. Also remove outward leaning culms from the sides to maintain a narrower hedge. 


Make sure that the area around your plant is always well mulched. This helps retain moisture and maintains an even temperature around the roots of the plant. You’ll notice that the bamboo will build up its own mulch of leaf litter in time. Clumping bamboos are hungry feeders so organic fertilizer, such as mushroom compost, aged horse manure, or blood meal are all good options. Composts and mulching will condition the topsoil and retain moisture. 

Bamboo varities