Potted Bamboo Privacy Screen for Patio


Bamboo leaf up close in a planter

One of the best ways to enhance the privacy of your patio is by growing potted Bamboo privacy screens. Bamboo grows quickly and will shield your patio from curious eyes, they are low maintenance and can provide a windbreak.


Bamboo screens are excellent for the environment and can enhance the aesthetic value of your home, but growing Bamboo in pots isn’t just for homeowners, renters can make well use of them too.

Growing Bamboo in pots or containers is a great idea for a couple of reasons, number one you can move them about, number two you don’t have to worry about them getting out of control and invading the neighbor’s yard.

Two Nursery workers holding potted bamboo plants

If you get tired of looking at them, you can put them out on the curb with a free sign attached.

Unlike trees, which can take a long time to grow, Bamboo will mature quickly, and you can begin to enjoy the enhanced privacy. 


What Type Of Bamboo Should I Plant?

Bamboo (Bambuseae spp) is a perennial grass classified into two main categories, clumping and running bamboo.

Whether planting in pots or directly in the soil, the clumping type is preferred because it is non-invasive, as the root clumps tend to stay in one place. They are, therefore, easier to control, and you can comfortably grow them without using planters. 

Running bamboo is not so popular because it is usually invasive, and its roots/rhizomes can quickly spread around your property. This bamboo type also spreads out quickly without uniformity, which will affect the aesthetic appearance of your privacy screen.

It is advisable to plant clumping bamboo because it will be easier to control than running bamboo.

Before planting any bamboo, a person should check to see what the local regulations are regarding the plant; usually, the county/city can help you find the pertinent information.


Growth Rate

One of the fastest-growing plants on earth, Bamboo is like Palm trees, a big grass; clumping Bamboo adds one to three feet of new growth in height on average per year, while the running bamboo can easily double that growth.

Appearance

Bamboo comes in a variety of colors including, yellow, green, black, and red. It is, therefore, essential to choose a species that will work with your property and enhance its aesthetic appearance. 

Sensitivity

Make sure that you select a bamboo plant that works for your neighborhood. If the area has tropical weather, then pick bamboo species that are not sensitive to heat and sunshine, and if it has a cooler climate, choose bamboo species that thrive in cool places. That will ensure you have a perfect privacy screen around your patio.

USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map https://bit.ly/3a3KTk3 


Best Bamboo For Screening

Weaver’s Bamboo

Weaver’s bamboo is a clumping species that remains green throughout the year. This bamboo requires an average amount of water and is low maintenance. Weavers Bamboo can withstand temperatures down to eighteen degrees Fahrenheit.

Buddha Belly

You will need to use a large amount of fertilizer in the first year to ensure that it grows correctly, but you can be sure it will provide a highly functional privacy screen. 

Thai Silk Bamboo

The Thai Silk bamboo has excellent aesthetic appeal and can be grown in cold climates. They are a great choice if you are looking for a medium-height screen.

Dragon’s Head Bamboo

The Dragon’s Head Bamboo has evergreen leaves and is excellent if you need a medium size screen. You can plant it in cold climates and can handle low temperatures. That said, this bamboo will burn when exposed to the hot sun, so it is not a good choice for tropical climates. 

Green Onion Bamboo

Green Onion Bamboo is a favorite, as it can be grown in and out of doors; although a running Bamboo, it is considered a non-invasive variety.

Silver Stripe Bamboo

The Silver stipe does well in containers in and out of doors and is suited for colder growing areas.


 

Growing Bamboo In Pots Outdoors

Start with large pots or containers.

As with any plant, Bamboo needs room for its roots to grow; starting with a larger pot will save you from having to transplant sooner than later.

A small bamboo plant will begin turning into a larger plant quite rapidly, seeking more water and nutrients. 

It is suggested to start with a pot that is a minimum of eighteen inches deep and preferably wider than it is tall.

If kept in a small pot, the plant will become root-bound and put on less height and leaves before eventually dying.

Clicking this link will lead you to FREE DIY plans for planters/containers: My Outdoor Plans 

Some opt for planting pots below the ground surface, which is a pretty good way of growing Bamboo in pots as you don’t have to worry about it “getting away from you” they are more stable in a wind storm, and you can’t see the pot.


Soil For Bamboo In Pots and Containers

Bamboo prefers loamy soil, about forty percent sand, forty percent silt, and twenty percent clay that is slightly acidic, with a pH level of around 6.5 percent. Alkaline soil can be treated with sulfur to create more acidic soil.

A one-inch layer of gravel, broken clay pot or something similar will allow for drainage, so the pot stays moist with regular watering but not waterlogged, creating root rot.


Care Requirements

Most Bamboo can be grown in pots and planters and is generally low maintenance, but some species require more care than others. It is best, for example, to pick clumping bamboo instead of running type bamboo, though the Green Onion variety is a ‘runner’ and is said to do well in pots and planters.

Sunlight

Ensure that you choose bamboo plants that can handle sun exposure if you live in a hot place. When you pick bamboo like the Dragon’s head for a tropical area, the leaves will burn.

Budget

Consider the amount of money you have and can comfortably spend on your screening project. If you are on a budget, you can choose to plant your bamboo directly in the soil instead of using pots which can be expensive. Make sure that you pick inexpensive bamboo species to keep the project within your budget. 

Type

Consider the type of bamboo that you are going to plant. And if you choose to plant directly in the ground, running bamboo is challenging to regulate. The clumping type is excellent because it is generally low maintenance, easy to control, and non-invasive. You can comfortably plant it directly into the soil or in planters. 

Size

Some bamboo species offer a medium-height screen, while others provide a taller screen. Make sure that you pick the bamboo size carefully. If you require immediate privacy effects, you should purchase older plants instead of young ones. If you want to watch your bamboo grow, pick young ones and care for them, and watch them transform your property.


Bamboo is:

Versatile

Bamboo is highly versatile and provides a windbreak and provides privacy. 

If you just bought a property in a windy area, it will take a long time for trees to grow and offer windbreaks, but bamboo is fast maturing and, unlike trees, will offer privacy and serve as a windbreak, and you can use it until your trees grow!

Pest Resistant

It can be very discouraging to grow plants and then have them eaten up by pests before they mature. That has discouraged many people from planting trees around their homes. If you want to create a natural screen around your property, bamboo is an excellent choice because it is highly pest-resistant. You will not have the same problem you had with other plants when dealing with bamboo. 

Bear in mind that animals such as rabbits will not eat your bamboo plants as they would other types of plants. That said, bamboo can be attacked by bamboo mites in hot climates, so make sure you check your screen regularly. You can control these mites using natural remedies that you purchase at your local store.

Environmentally Friendly

Bamboo is an excellent choice for screening your property because it will help freshen the air around your home. It will absorb greenhouse gases and release oxygen into the atmosphere. Bamboo is a sustainable source of fuel, raw materials to make paper, and uncountable other products and is fast-growing. 

Easy To Grow

Bamboo requires very little maintenance and does well as long as the soil is fertile and well-drained. It is drought-resistant, although it will do better if you water it regularly during a drought. 

Grows In All Climates

You can find a bamboo variety that will do well in your area no matter where you live. Meaning it can be used anywhere to create a screen for your property, even if you live in a cold or hot area.


Cons:

Bamboo Can Be Invasive

Bamboo is generally invasive, although clumping bamboo roots only grow a few centimeters annually. Running bamboo roots spread all over your property in a short time and can spread to nearby land. Bamboo roots will also send out shoots on your neighbors’ property, and when this happens, they are challenging to remove. It is, therefore, advisable to always grow running bamboo in planters instead of directly on your soil. 

It Is Long Term

If you regularly plant things and then remove them when you are bored a few months later, you should stay away from bamboo. Bamboo is a long-term plant that is challenging to remove after planting. 

Difficult To Eliminate

If your running bamboo gets out of control, it will take a long time to get rid of it. For instance, it can spread all over your yard, and unless you dig it all up, it will start growing in another part of your property. 


Conclusion:

Obtaining Patio Privacy with Bamboo is pretty easy once you get going; it’s just deciding to plant in pots/planters or go all out and plant it in the ground; pots/containers are not permanent, and it’s nice to have the option to be able to move them where needed for function as well as aesthetics.

That said, clumping bamboo is your best choice for screening your home patio. I’ve mentioned some of the best bamboos for screening above. You can buy bamboo shoots at a local nursery or online which makes it handy, but sometimes you don’t know what you’re buying until it lands on your doorstep.

I have included a  link to an online seller of Bamboo here:

https://lewisbamboo.com/

 

Dann

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