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Britain’s ‘Bamboo crisis’ urgent advice for growing the popular plant

17th Jun 24 8:56 am

With bamboo being dubbed the new ‘Japanese Knotweed’ as reports of it destroying people’s homes and gardens flood the UK, Brits have been offered advice on what they should and shouldn’t do when planting and growing it at home.

Garden experts from GardeningExpress.co.uk have urged Brits to choose the right bamboo species and grow it in pots and planters where possible to avoid it taking over gardens and becoming a nuisance.

The noughties garden trend has proved increasingly popular over the years as it requires little maintenance.

Bamboo also adds a unique and exotic look to gardens whilst providing an ideal habitat for various wildlife species, with birds, insects, and small mammals using it for shelter and food.

And as one of the fastest-growing plants in the world, it is an excellent choice for quickly creating privacy screens or windbreaks.

However, some varieties spread quickly and can become invasive if not properly contained.

Some parts of Britain are now apparently in a ‘Bamboo crisis’ as misinformed gardeners have unknowingly planted unruly species in their gardens, leaving it to wreak havoc on their own and neighbouring properties.

Chris Bonnett from GardeningExpress.co.uk said, “Bamboo is ideal for garden designs that call for dramatic backdrops, privacy screens, or stand-alone features. You can get black and green varieties and they’re very hardy and low maintenance, which is perfect for Brits that aren’t that green-fingered.

“However, if you’re growing running varieties it’s a good idea to keep them in pots and planters in order to control the growth and spread. It’s as simple as that!

“You should also watch out for pests like aphids and spider mites, and use natural remedies or appropriate pesticides to manage infestations.”

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