Clumping bamboo, commonly called non-running bamboo, include several varieties of non-invasive bamboo that tend to form tight clumps that will not take over your garden (or your neighbors) anytime soon.

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How To Care for Clumping Bamboo Plants

Once you have chosen your favorite clumping bamboo, you should plant it in well-drained soil (bamboo plants do not like wet feet) and in the correct light exposure and expect to wait for a few years for it to mature. Once mature, clumping bamboo plants produce new culms (bamboo terminology for stems) each year that are a few inches from the previous year's growth. Clumping bamboo plants form a slowly expanding, dense clump. As with all bamboo plants, the older culms die after 4 or 5 years and will look best if removed, but other than that, clumping bamboos are low maintenance and non-invasive.

Why Grow Clumping Bamboo Plants?

Bamboo plants are wonderful outdoor plants that add exotic, asian, 'feng shui' flair to your garden. We have sought out some hard-to-find, cold hardy clumping bamboo plants that are perfect for the temperate garden. These include gorgeous selections of Bambusa, Borinda, Fargesia, Sinocalamus, and Yushania.

Which is Best... Clumping Bamboo or Running Bamboo?

There is just one problem with certain types of bamboo plants...some species will spread invasively in the garden and into your neighbor's garden, and then into their neighbor's garden and on and on. Spreading, invasive bamboo plants are called running bamboo or leptomorphs, and they are high-maintenance garden thugs that we do not like.

Lucky for you, there is a class of non-invasive bamboo plants that do not run and are well behaved. These are called clumping bamboo, or pachymorphs, and clumping bamboo plants form tight, circular clumps of graceful, arching stems. Clumping bamboo is the only type of bamboo plant for sale here at Plant Delights Nursery.