Bamboo in containers
Containers for bamboo refers to outside pots and planters up to 48 square feet in surface area. (12" to 2'x16', 4'x8' etc.) Once that area is exceeded, we consider it a contained grove instead of a container grown bamboo.
Heavy plastic, metal, wood, concrete, fiberglass all make excellent containers. Do not use terra cotta pots as bamboo will split them.
Size a container so it will have the surface area and depth needed for the variety selected. The larger the bamboo, the larger and deeper the container needs to be.
We rate most of the spreading bamboos as good for containers because they need to be divided on a regular basis. Clumping bamboos are much harder to divide so most are rated as poor as a container plant; however, clumpers can be grown in containers sucessfully.