Bamboo in a barrel?

I'd like to add some bamboo flair to our front yard. Being in wine country, I'd like to see if it's possible to grow bamboo in a wine barrel. Will the bamboo get too large for the barrel? How can I ensure that the bamboo doesn't outgrow the barrel?

Also, are there any pests that I should be aware of that are attracted to bamboo?

  6 answers
  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Jul 06, 2017

    I've seen lots of bamboo barrels at Chinese restaurants, inside and out. I have some experience with getting rid of bamboo 😂 Try to buy your original shoots from an established nursery. You can ask specific questions about soil, insects, and care. Keeping the bamboo manageable once your plant is growing well is as easy as this: pull up any new shoots and throw them away--not in the yard! If any of the grown bamboo gets too fat of tall, cut that stalk down at ground level. One note: put the barrels on wheels, and have drainage holes at the bottom. Best wishes 😇

  • Folkert B Folkert B on Jul 06, 2017

    Beware.Bamboo is a weed in some states. It is very invasive and very hard to kill. In ten years you will have a thicket. Don't know about a barrel.

  • Terry Terry on Jul 06, 2017

    whenever you confine a plant, it becomes necessary to cut back the root system. possibly every year if it is a fast grower. make sure you will be able to do that.

  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Jul 06, 2017

    You should be able to grow it but will prob have to prune it

  • Brandon Browning Brandon Browning on Jul 06, 2017

    Thank you all for the input! I found a bamboo nursery near by, will pay them a visit soon !