How to grow golden bamboo in pots

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How to grow golden bamboo in pots
Repot your golden bamboo every three years. (Dynamic Graphics Group/Dynamic Graphics Group/Getty Images)

Golden bamboo, Phyllostachys aurea, is a variety of running bamboo. Running bamboos, unlike the clumping bamboos, will take over a garden, spreading by underground rhizomes if not stopped by a man-made underground barrier. Growing golden bamboo in pots does away with the need to protect the rest of the garden from its invasive habits. As with most container-grown plants, though, your golden bamboo will require some extra care.

Things you need

  • Wood or unglazed terra-cotta pot
  • Mulch
  • Fertiliser

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  1. 1

    Grow your golden bamboo in a wood container or unglazed terra-cotta pot measuring at least 60 cm (24 inches) deep and wide. Unglazed pots are more porous and will help insulate the bamboo roots from heat.

  2. 2

    Place the pot on an impenetrable surface, such as concrete or a deck. Check the bottom of the pot periodically to make sure the roots aren't blocking the drainage holes or otherwise escaping.

  3. 3

    Place a 2.5 to 5 cm (1 to 2 inch) layer of mulch on the soil around the base of the bamboo. This will help keep the soil cool on hot days.

  4. 4

    Water the golden bamboo three times a week during the summer. If temperatures are over 32.2 degrees C (90 degrees F), you may need to water five days a week. Keep an eye on the moisture content of the soil, and if it appears to be drying quickly, give the bamboo some water.

  5. 5

    Fertilise the golden bamboo once a month with a 17-6-2 slow-release fertiliser. Follow the label directions for dosage. Water after fertilising.

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