2 litre pot £24.99
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Buy Fargesia rufa bamboo: Superb choice for a wild garden

Bamboos never look their best in winter because the cold, drying winds will often scorch their leaves. In late spring however, new canes will appear bearing a fresh batch of lush foliage.

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average to fast growing
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    This very hardy bamboo is quite modestly sized (with an eventual height of around 3m), so is ideal for smaller gardens or large pots. It has slender, upright to arching canes, which are clothed in attractive green leaves throughout the year. Eventually forming dense clumps, the new canes emerge a bright green, which contrast well with the culm sheaths, creating a distinctive two-tone effect until the sheaths drop away.

  • Garden care: Do not allow to dry out while the plant is getting established. This is a clump-florming bamboo, but if you want to restrict the plant's spread, plant it in a large container, or surround the roots with a non-perishable barrier.

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Eventual height & spread

well behaved clump forming


i have several of these plants dotted around my garden - i like a semi tropical feel and this works well as a screen, as an infill in borders around Fatsia Japonica and also in pots - although it definitely seems happiest in the ground.Its easy to control and doesn't seem to spread too far. In my borders i let it do its own thing, but as a screen i trim it to height.




Really lovely healthy plant


Very healthy plant when delivered, well packaged and is now a thriving healthy plant.




Wonderful plant for a pot


Bought this to go in my courtyard garden and provide a bit of height whilst being managable. It's a lovely plant, very healthy and provides a nice sound in a breeze. It dealt well with last year's scorching temperatures and is dealing well with the current frosts in a pot




Lovely plants


My plants came on time, were very well packaged and looked healthy. Several months later they still look healthy, have grown well and look lovely.




I would definitely buy this product again


I placed this plant in my border to add some texture and attractiveness. It is really beautiful. My only sadness, is that I did not order this plant several years ago, and I have to wait for it to mature!



I would recommend this product


Great bamboo looks good in a planter.





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Hi, would it be ok to plant this now - i.e. just before XMAS or should I wait until the Spring?


Hello there As a general rule plants that are grown in containers can be planted at any time of year as long as the soil isn't frozen solid, or freezing outside. The best times are in the autumn when the soil is still warm enough to encourage root growth but the plant isn't in active growth, or the spring before the temperatures start to rise. This bamboo is fully hardy so yes you can plant it now as long as the conditions are right, otherwise you can keep it outside in a sheltered spot until you can plant it in the spring.

Hi Helen. I want to plant a 1-2 metre length of hedge against a fence to screen the back of my house from semi detached neighbour (they can see into my lounge due to slope of their garden). Preferably quick growing evergreen, up to 3 metres tall that is dense but can be kept quite thin so it doesnt take up too much room. I have heavy clay soil and the area faces south/west so gets full sun after 11am. Was thinking of this or Pyracantha - do you have any ideas? Thank you.


This is a clumping bamboo so no control system would be needed.....


Hello, I think both of these would be suitable, but you may need to use Bamboo Control System if you want to stop the bamboo spreading - please click on the following link to go straight to it. http://www.crocus.co.uk/product/_/bamboo-control-system/classid.2000019273/ Other alternatives include... Aucuba japonica Crotonifolia http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/aucuba-japonica-crotonifolia/classid.7528/ or Escallonia http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/escallonia-iveyi/classid.3796/


Hi - I want to make a hedge of bamboo and was considering Fargesia rufa. It would go in a bed 8ft x 2ft. Would 2ft wide be big enough to accomomodate this bamboo and how many plants should I plant? I could always take up a couple of paving stones if necessary for it to expand. thanks Barbara

New Gardener

Hello, This plant has an eventual spread of around 5', so it is going to be very cramped in a 2' wide bed. I would therefore recommend lifting some of the paving and then use the bamboo control system to keep the roots in check. http://www.crocus.co.uk/product/_/bamboo-control-system/classid.2000019273/ As for planting distances, if you want to create a screen within a reasonable time, then I would recommend planting them at 45cm intervals.


I have had a bamboo in my garden for about 7 years. This year it has no discernible new growth and the old leaves are turning yellow. The whole plant looks sick. It is in a sheltered site which gets plenty of sun in the afternoon. Can you help me save it?


Hello, There are a couple of things that spring to mind here. The first is that it is still a little too early for many bamboos to be showing signs of growth, particularly after such a cold spring. Bamboos tend to have one main surge of growth in June, so just keep watering it and give it a feed of general purpose fertiliser (Growmore would be ideal) and it should start to send up new shoots soon. The other thing that may have happened is that the plant has flowered. This happens quite infrequently, but it usually weakens the plant substantially. You should look closely for any flowered stems and cut them right back to the base. Feed and water as above and again it should recover.


Hello, could you tell me how tall (just roughly) these would be when delivered, not their actual eventual height - many thanks


Hello, As a very rough guide, the plants in a 5 litre pot will be approximately 50 - 80cm tall.


Hello, We have two pots 1.5m long, 64cm deep and 24cm wide they are to be planted with bamboo to form a screen, ideally being a thin hedge about 3m high. Will the bamboo survive in such pots and which would you recommend? We are thinking of the black bamboo and/or a clump forming one. The pots are made from solid larch and sat next to a 6 foot fence and on our deck we wish to have a nice screen from the neighbours you see and would really appreciate your expert advice. Many thanks.


Hello, These plants make great screens, but it is worth keeping in mind that even the most refined bamboo will have an eventual spread of around 1.5m. Therefore keeping them in a trough just 24cm wide, will create a bit of a squeeze after the first year or two, and they may need to be lifted and divided every couple of years. I should also point out that while some bamboos tend to do extremely well in pots, they are very thirsty plants, so it is essential that they are kept really well watered. If you are still keen to go ahead, then the best options would include either Fargesia robusta rufa http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/fargesia-robusta-rufa/classid.2000017340/ Fargesia murieliae http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/fargesia-murieliae/classid.1583/ or Phyllostachys glauca http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/phyllostachys-glauca/classid.1599/


Can I grow a Bamboo in a pot? Dear Sir Please can you tell me if I can grow a bamboo in a 2ft deep window type box for a patio? Thanks Roger

roger pannell

Hello Roger, As long as you make sure you keep it really well fed and watered, it should be fine as long as it is nice and wide. After a couple of years though it will need to be planted in the ground - as will most things that grow to a good size. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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Can I plant my Bamboo in the ground in a pot with drainage holes? I have a couple of largish bamboos that I wish to plant in a pot in the ground. However, the plastic pots have drainage holes in the bottom. I know that bamboo can become extremely invasive (which is why I wish to plant them in pots). Will the roots go through the holes in the bottom? Or should I use pots without drainage holes? If so, will the bamboo survive with no drainage? Or is there a special type of pot for this purpose? Many thanks. Anne

Anne Lear

Hello again Anne, The Phyllostachys nigra is classified as non-invasive (or clump-forming), but even so it has an eventual spread of 3m. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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Can certain types of bamboo be non-invasive? I have, apparently, a black bamboo. Many thanks Anne

Anne Lear

Hello Anne, The bamboos will not survive without drainage holes in the bottom of the pots, so this is essential. Sadly though even a tough plastic will deteriorate over time and may crack and split, so they will certainly help, but in the very long term the plants may break out. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

Anne Lear

Bamboo planting and controlling Hi I recently purchased six of these bamboo plants and am not sure how to plant them. Do they need to be in individual containers to avoid spreading? And how big should the containers be? I don't want to restrict the growth too much as I'm aiming for a screening effect in a corner of the garden at the back of a border, where a bit of spreading would be ok. Also might I be able to prune the spreading manually as the shoots appear? When it is suggested that the plants should be controlled with a 'non-perishable' barrier - what is that? Many thanks

harriet st johnston

Hello, If you go for one of the spreading rather than clump-forming bamboos then you will either need to get a really a big plastic pot (at least a 50 litre pot) or a plastic dustbin with drainage holes in the bottom and sink this into the ground. Alternatively you need to create a barrier that won't break down like a thick wall of concrete and sink this at least 3' into the ground around the area you want them to spread. Unfortunately we don't sell either of these items, however they should be relatively easy to find. You can cut off the emerging stems that are growing in the wrong area, but this will not prevent the roots spreading and therefore the shoots will come up in a wider radius each year. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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