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I found these at my garden center today on sale and picked up a 12' 5 gallon one for about $60. I wanted to use it in one of my patio part sun beds to add some interest and texture to the bed. Before planting it, I checked here to see about any special considerations and noticed that folks down in Texas don't have very many nice things to say about its playful nature. (I hope you catch that I'm just trying to be funny here.) After reading the comments, I have questions about how I should proceed.
First of all, I'd like to somewhat contain this plant if possible. It already going into a raised bed bordered in stone, but I really would prefer it didn't kick the other plants out of the bed. I had two ideas for this. One would be to place it in a 3ft diameter terracotta pot and bury the whole thing into the ground. (The bed is 3 foot by 18 foot) The other idea would be to get some flagstone slabs and insert them standing up into the ground about 3 feet and creating a "pen" for the bamboo (I've done this for some of my other beds). The second idea would allow me to give the bamboo more room to stretch out but would most likely leave escape routes between the wall and the stones.
So I'm wondering which option would be better and it sort of depends on the minimum amount of space this thing needs to stay happy and not get root-bound I guess. I would prefer not to use plastic liners (I've seen that option outlined in other posts) because of issues with Bentonite in these parts and the proximity of the bed to our patio.