Type of bamboo tree for balcony

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Wednesday 28 September 2011 10.02pm
I have been looking up on many balconies wondering the type of bamboo tree used. There are so many species online. There are some that are more refine and beautifully grown on the ground of City Walk (not sure by whom).

I would be grateful for some advice from anyone as I am looking for slow growing and arching bamboo tree with yellow-green stem that can be grown easily in pots on exposed balcony.
Thursday 29 September 2011 2.09pm
kaptau, bamboo is a high yield renewable resource, and a lot of specialist nurseries in the UK propogate and grow their own as garden planting, not for commercial use in textiles or flooring etc., where there are some 'green' issues related to chemical processing of the material.

As to which of over 1000 species is most suitable, it would be best to do some more research on the internet and speak to a specialist - there are quite a few. Generally bamboo does better in the ground than in pots but even some of the so-called non-invasive ones can grow and spread rapidly. So a clump forming type would be better in a pot that is not too big for it - then re-pot into another not-too-big pot as it grows. Don't let it dry out!
Thursday 29 September 2011 7.31pm
Personally I think bamboo is a poor choice as it sheds so much that it causes significant amounts of rubbish and debris.
Thursday 29 September 2011 9.55pm
There's a nigra version with nice black/purple stems but unless you are wanting it as a screen there are more fun things to have on a balcony. Have a look on crocus.com there are plenty of other places to buy things but they have a nice website with pictures and expected dimensions etc.
Thursday 29 September 2011 10.22pm
I have done some research online (including crocus) but the advice can be rather contradictory at times between sites. I haven't got green fingers hence my choice on hardy plants like bamboos. They also create a nice transquil surrounding.

My neighbour just told me that his bamboo trees on his balcony has black stems and are slow growing. It may well be the one pointed out by Davies.

I would definitely consider marcusm's good point on shedding.

Many thanks to all for your kind and helpful advice.
Thursday 29 September 2011 10.30pm
Kaptau, a few years back there was a couple of news paper articles of Banana plants actually fruiting in gardens at peckham! that would be a nice bit of lushness to a balcony..or if it's speed of growth and soley because it would be in a pot how about Russian Vine? I made the mistake of putting one in years ago in the garden i thought it was quite pretty as a cover up quick plant, then measured the growth, from one day to the next i am sure it grew 4", we then changed the name to the rushing plant, we dug it up after two years because it was rambling over into my neighbours garden, nearly covered their shed and the cats come to think of it...:-)
Thursday 29 September 2011 11.07pm
My lovely neighbour decorated our long communal hallway with exotic plants. Temperature along the hallway somewhat tropical and brightly lit by big windows. Amongst them there is a banana plant which seems to be growing very fast :-) The Pandan leaves are growing at a speed of a snail though. I was hoping to use it to flavour my jellies if not wrap up some curry chicken. It's been six months and I'm still waiting...

Russian Vine is very tough and fast growing. Also known as mile-a-minute. It can be quite difficult to get rid of once it's out of control.
Sunday 2 October 2011 7.43am
The bamboo on my balcony is BAMBOO FARGESIA MURILAE

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