I planted a black bamboo in my garden a couple of years ago. It has several...

Asked July 21, 2014, 1:09 PM EDT

I planted a black bamboo in my garden a couple of years ago. It has several healthy canes but they are not standing erect. Do they have to be staked? My neighbor has ordinary bamboo in his yard. The canes of that bamboo are not limp. Is there something different about the canes of the black bamboo?

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We don't have any research on Black Bamboo (Phyllostachys nigra) , and don't recommend running bamboos due to their invasive tendencies.

We did find the following information about the plant though:

"This bamboo is initially slow to spread, through when mature, it can be quite vigorous. If planted in poor soil it tends to grow in a tight cluster, producing mostly thin, weepy culms."

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