Plant Bare-Root Bamboo
Bamboo makes a perfect "green screen." To avoid introducing invasive plants in your yard, avoid the running types and instead purchase clumping bamboo.
- Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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When to Plant: autumn
At Their Best: summer
Time to Complete: 1-2 hours
- bare-root bamboo
- plastic bag
- watering can
- root barrier
- garden moss
Keep Roots Moist
Because the roots are not in soil and will dry out and die very rapidly, you must keep them moist before planting. Place a plastic bag filled with moss around the roots, and keep the moss damp until you're ready to plant.
Add Organic Matter
Dig a hole larger than the rootball and break up the base using a fork. In the bottom, add a layer of organic matter, such as garden compost, and mix it in lightly. Add more organic matter to the excavated soil from the hole and mix this together also.
Place Bamboo Into Hole
Unwrap the bamboo, gently tease out the roots, and carefully lower it into the planting hole. Keeping the plant upright, add the organic matter and soil mix, firming down as you go to make sure there are no air pockets between the roots.
Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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Master gardener Paul James explains how to tame the most rampant runner, invasive bamboo.