If I plant two clumping bamboo plants (bambusa gracilis) can I ensure my well does not get encroached as well as a neighbor's yard?

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If I plant two clumping bamboo plants (bambusa gracilis) can I ensure my well does not get encroached as well as a neighbor's yard?

Asked by Pamela

1. If I plant two clumping bamboo plants (bambusa gracilis) 4 feet apart, will they still each spread four feet around, creating eventually an 8 foot screen? 2. Can I force the shape of the clump by putting in a retaining wall underground made of concrete. I want to ensure my well does not get encroached as well as a neighbor's yard!

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Richard Heller's picture

Despite being a "clumping bamboo," Gracilis will spread and fill in over time.How quickly it will spread depends on your location.

  • You're in Florida, so you can expect the clumps to at least double over a six month period provided they receive sufficient water.
  • Of course, these plants will be more aggressive in spring summer and fall and will usually hit their peak in your area around July
  • (Click here to read a post from a blogger in Jupiter, Florida talking about their bamboo gracilis.)

Yes, you can force the shape by putting in a concrete retaining wall.

  • It might be less expensive to put in a a bamboo containment wall made out HDPE.
  • Check this site for more info and good luck!

For more information:

Read "I'm interested in planting bamboo in my yard. How can I keep it from spreading?" a Q&A answered by Richard Heller.