We have a very limited number of bamboo plants in stock at the nursery at any time.
Two of our wholesalers carry bamboo on a regular basis. Their availability is also limited, and changes rapidly. We order from each of them about once a month, and can check with them when we order about what is available. Unfortunately, even if they indicate something is available now, it may not be when we order. They dont usually list bamboo on their availability lists, so we ask the sales representatives during the week.
We are happy to take bamboo special orders on a long-term basis. We can ask our growers if they are propagating the variety you are interested in and when they expect that it might be available. We cant promise that a particular bamboo will be available in any particular time frame, but wed be happy to contact you when it does become available.
Here are some of Don's articles, and a table of bamboo that you can look at.
Bamboo is considered a specialty plant by regular wholesale growers, who usually dont know much about it. It is mostly grown by specialists or hobbyists. Demand always greatly exceeds supply.
You spend a lot of money to buy several plants of a clumping type (if you can get them), and put them close together.
Or you buy a few plants and put them in the ground, then dig them up every year and divide them into 2 4 new plants each, replanting these about 3 4 apart.
Or you plant running bamboo, and figure out a way to keep it from invading the rest of the yard or the neighbors yard.
Other plants will provide screening more quickly and at lower cost than bamboo. Combining bamboo with other fast-growing shrubs or trees, perhaps with the intent of dividing the bamboo and removing some of the other plants later, may be a better strategy.
#5 cans range from $49.99 to $64.99, #15 cans from $100 - $150.00 and up. Bamboo is slow to propagate, as it is almost entirely grown by dividing parent plants. It takes a year or two to get a saleable plant that way, and you get far fewer plants than you do of plants propagated by seed or cuttings.
Yes, but you must monitor the grove each season to make sure it doesnt escape. No barrier system will contain bamboo by itself.
Barriers (usually made of 40 60 ml plastic) can be installed about 18" deep. Rhizomes have been measured plunging 4 deep to go under barriers. Angled outward, barriers will direct the rhizomes upward, so they can be easily snapped off. Runners primarily send out their rhizomes in spring, so check the perimeter of the grove in early summer. An open trench filled with rock can be an easy border to monitor. Bamboo will not grow very far into water, so a pond or water feature can contain it. Runners wont continue to grow into dry soil in the summer here, so drought can limit its spread.
Not very easily. It wants very bright light, cannot tolerate drought, and is very prone to spider mites. There is usually a real shock as it goes from the nursery into your home due to the much lower light conditions. It would be best to make that transition gradually. Move it outside every week or so in the summer to wash off the foliage to manage the mites.
Want to call around? Here are some of our friends who also sell bamboo.....
Capital Nursery, three locations in Sacramento
Freeport Blvd 916-455-2601
Sunrise Blvd 916-961-3991
Elk Grove 916-684-2103
Bushnell Gardens Nursery in Granite Bay
Phone # 916-791-4199
In the Bay Area:
Bamboo Sourcery in Sebastopol
Phone # 707-823-5866
Sequoyah Ridge Nursery in Occidental
Phone # 707-874-1045
Or, you can download the Bamboo Source List of the American Bamboo Society. The Source List has many mail order sources listed.