Need bamboo help

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  1. mkk

    mkk Active Member

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    My husband died and one of the things that was sent to me is a basket of several house plants. I don't have a camera, but one of the plants is some type of bamboo. Can I keep it confined? I have never worked with bamboo before, so I don't know anything about it. My thing is herbs.
     
  2. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Lucky bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana)? How did you determine the one plant was a bamboo?

    Another point is that a small bamboo plant in a pot in the house is not going to be able to take over your yard. And not all bamboos have running rootstocks that may spread yards in one go, then sprout where not expected or wanted.
     
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    Well actually I have seen bamboo around but it is very tall. This seems to be three clumps of 20 or more. It is short 12" high. Like I said it came in a basket of plants, I didn't know that florists used bamboo.
     
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    The only bamboo I have seen coming from a florist was growing in water not soil. I put it out in a pot, with soil, when it was almost 2 feet tall and had grown out of its container. I was glad it was in a pot. With neglect, it grew out of control.
    (I live in Los Angeles. Probably good weather for it)
     
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    I am sorry to hear that your husband passed away & hope he is in a better place now.

    Regarding the bamboo, do you know what florist it came from or who sent it to you? Perhaps they will know what type it is & how to best care for it.

    Another possibility is taking it to a local garden shop. Where I live, there are several garden shops where the staff are more than willing to help with plant identification. I am amazed how well they can just look at a leaf and say it is a "...". Hope this helps.
     
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    Thanks, I went to a garden shop and it looks more like a little date palm.
     
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    Thanks, I went to a garden supply place and it looks kind of like a mini date palm. Actually, like three sets of whatever. I guess I really need to send a picture (no camera).
     
  8. Ron B

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    If still definitely a bamboo one like that would be a Bambusa multiplex cultivar. These are tropical and must have a mild climate or a greenhouse. They grow in tight clumps, all new stems arising right next to the others - never popping up where unexpected or unwanted, yards away.
     

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