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Re-potting some bamboo.

ZombiemamboZombiemambo Registered User regular
edited March 2008 in Help / Advice Forum
A few years back, I bought a small bamboo plant from Home Depot. It couldn't have been more than 6" in height, but over time it grew like a weed and is probably over 3 feet by this point. Unfortunately, it has a tiny pot, probably around 5-8", and its roots are starting to grow out of the pot in what I assume is an effort to get the water it needs. So I've got a few questions about it:
  • What kind of pot would you recommend?

  • What kind of soil does bamboo grow best in? Right now it's in some loose pebbles that came with it.

  • Is there anything I should be worried about when removing it from this pot? I'm afraid of tearing all of the roots growing on the walls of the pot and possibly killing it.

Thanks for any assistance.

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    CylaranaCylarana Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    I don't know about bamboo in particular, but when a plant is that rootbound, I often find it best just to cut away the old pot, rather than try to lift out the plant. You'll cut some roots off too, but the plant typically survives. Bamboo can get rather large so I'd get the biggest pot you can find--probably 16" in diameter or so. Don't know the soil type though, sorry.

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    ZombiemamboZombiemambo Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Hm, turns out this might not actually be bamboo, but rather Dracaena Sanderiana, which is commonly sold as "Lucky Bamboo." Guess I'll just pot it in soil. Thanks!

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