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On HGTV (Sleep on it) there was a house in Bethesda Maryland which had a bamboo forest behind it. I would love to grow Bamboo outside my house in Colorado (5000 ft elevation). I have never seen it at a nursery, I didn't think it would grow in a cold climate. Does anyone know if I can grow it here??

Thanks!
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From then on out, the face of the Denver Zoo changed immensely. Moore used his experience to craft environments that not only suited and soothed the animals that lived in the zoo, but added to the overall experience of visitors.

“We brought in hardy bamboo and test grew some because we knew we wanted to use it in Primate Panorama,” he cited as an example. “Nobody had ever grown bamboo in Colorado before that we were aware of. We brought in 23 different species and ended up with about seven that we were able to use.”

http://www.eptrail.com/archives/2007/02february/02-02fri.html

Then there is this site that sells bamboo and claims to have helped establish it in Colorado.
4- Colorado Springs, 2- Denver, Paonia, Thorton, Aurora, Parker, Longmont, 4-Boulder,

http://www.lewisbamboo.com/locations.html

Just beware. Once established bamboo will take over - there is a way to control growth which you will want to research.

LJ
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Thanks for the information. I am going to order some plants and try it!
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Does anyone know if I can grow it here??

If you can, watch it. Bamboo is invasive. Treat it like mint.

Bamboo will shoot runners out and come up 20 feet away from where it is growing. It will come up everywhere if you don't watch it. That bamboo forest may have only been intended as a couple plants

Ford
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Just beware. Once established bamboo will take over - there is a way to control growth which you will want to research.


I'm going to give this a second. There are places that it is literally against the law to plant bamboo because it is so invasive. Do the research first.
Kathleen
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“Does anyone know if I can grow it here??”

If you can, watch it. Bamboo is invasive. Treat it like mint.

There are two types of bamboo, a clumping bamboo and a running bamboo. For everything you want to know about bamboo but didn’t know who to ask, go to http://www.americanbamboo.org/FAQ.html . ;-)

C.J.V.
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One of the techniques for bamboo is to insert a steel plate about 2 1/2 feet down around the area to be controlled. A friend in Charlotte, NC circled her "bamboo forest" with the plate, but the roots went underneath. Her neighbors now hate her.

Road maintenance crews really dislike bamboo. There are a number of local examples where bamboo crossed under 2 lane roads and attached to both sides. In those situations bamboo has to be cut down on an annual basis. It has become a very costly nuisance as bad as kudzu.

Barry
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It will come up everywhere if you don't watch it. That bamboo forest may have only been intended as a couple plants

This is so true. What's pleasing to the eye is sometimes a maintenance nightmare. I like our big sassafras tree in the corner of our yard but it sends up shoots in the lawn and garden borders. It's a headache to deal with during the growing season.
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This is so true. What's pleasing to the eye is sometimes a maintenance nightmare. I like our big sassafras tree in the corner of our yard but it sends up shoots in the lawn and garden borders. It's a headache to deal with during the growing season.

Yep, for us, a big nuisance is Mimosa trees. Gawd, those things pop up EVERYWHERE!!! I pick them out of every area of soil we have, then try to eliminate the ones near the fence line. They wind up in everything from the seedling pots to the large garden and everything between.
I hate them.
Kathleen
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“This is so true. What's pleasing to the eye is sometimes a maintenance nightmare. I like our big sassafras tree in the corner of our yard but it sends up shoots in the lawn and garden borders. It's a headache to deal with during the growing season.

Yep, for us, a big nuisance is Mimosa trees. Gawd, those things pop up EVERYWHERE!!!

I’ll trade you Chinese Tallow trees and/or Wax Myrtle fur your Mimosa trees. The Mimosas don’t do too well down here. ;-)

C.J.V. - but dem Chinese Tallows & Wax Myrtles do ;-(
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I have the same problem with Oaks.

Spring time it's the pollen. Our trees drop HUGE amounts of the stuff.

Then, where the squirrels have buried the acorns or they've dropped, we have baby oaks come up everywhere.

Fall rolls around and we have HUGE amounts of leaves that have to be blown, vaccumed, mowed, mulched or raked until every last one of them falls. Which just happens to bring up back to spring.

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I have the same problem with Oaks.

We have three oaks in the front yard and one huge one in the back. I just love those pollen fronds clogging up everything, blowing everywhere and all the oak leaves in the fall. They do go into the compost bins but what a chore to get them there. Our leaf vacuum has served is well, though. You always know when summer's nearly over by the sound of acorns popping on the roof of the house and rolling down into the gutters. The squirrels get their share, too. If only they had better memory capacity to find and eat what they leave.
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A humorous but typical story of the person who grows bamboo: ;-)

http://www.time.com/time/columnist/jaroff/article/0,9565,319547,00.html
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Our house is surrounded by 9 huge willow oaks that are each over 100 years old. The house has a flat roof. When the house was built, almost 100 years ago, the trees were not an issue.

Squirrels love to sling themselves from smaller trees on to the roof and then bury their nuts in the protective areas. Early in the morning you can hear them running around on the roof.

While everyone else is taking care of their lawns, several times each year I have to first go up and clear all the roof areas and gutters. It takes between 4 to 6 hours each time to simply clean the roof.

Barry
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How grateful I am for each and every tree!

Pollen is a PITA (especially if you have allergies), but the benefits of shade and oxygen provided to the planet is well worth it...

LJ
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I have the same problem with Oaks.

Pffftttt... Try walking across the lawn in bare feet when your yard is shaded by Sweetgums.

IF
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"Pffftttt... Try walking across the lawn in bare feet when your yard is shaded by Sweetgums."

IF

We had Sweetgums next to our home where we lived before.

I HATED those things.

You cannot mow them or they become missils.

My husband use to make us get out there to rake and bag the darn things.

Did I mention I HATE Sweetgum balls?

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I kinda got a chuckle a few minutes ago.

Someone on Craigslist has Bamboo for free, you just need to go dig it up.

After everything I read in this thread, do you think it's like a mind control thing by bamboo, to take over the world? LOL!!!!

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Where I work, one of the vendors sells bamboo shoots for a buck apiece. The kids all think they are really cool, and it is quite the thing to have...

Yes, I do think there may be some kind of a bamboo takeover in the works! ;-D

LJ
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How to 'contain' it seems to be the prevailing notion.
If you want a bamboo 'wall', get some of those big planting pots. Set them on something other than raw earth so a root shoot doesn't 'escape'. Keep an eye on it. Have at it. Those large planting pots can get real heavy after time. But hey, you can move your 'wall' with some help if you want later. Want a bamboo forest? Place the pots here and there, etc.
As others have mentioned, you can never get rid of it. It may hamper the sale of the place if/when you move.
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