Choosing a Location for Your Bamboo
Bamboo is a versatile plant and most species can survive in many conditions. Most bamboos will do best growing in full sun. In the Southern California area, light shade can be beneficial where heat exceeds 100 degrees. Bamboo plants also like to have fertile, slightly acidic, well drained soil. Bamboo will not do well in damp, wet soils. They need proper drainage. Bamboo will grow towards water sources but will not grow in water. Consider the mature height and width when choosing a bamboo. Some will grow quite large.
If planting a running bamboo, controlling bamboo is an important consideration. It is important to find out how aggressive your variety of bamboo plants are. If you have a vigorous growing bamboo, such as the running type, you can use natural control methods below, or contain the bamboo with a rhizome barrier. We have provided a link to Bamboo Shield.
The barrier should go down at least 2 to 3 feet underground and be 2 to 3 inches above ground. The barrier should surround the bamboo completely. Once you have chosen a place to start your bamboo growing, you can plant your bamboo.