Tue, Sep 25 2012 at 9:59 AM
bamboo loses an enormous amount of moisture through its leaves. Extremely high surface area ratio. Look at the book Bamboo for American Gardens to see which varieties might work, if any, in your area.
Tue, Sep 25 2012 at 9:56 AM
This article is only marginally accurate. Most of the issues brought up can be addressed by planting clumping rather than running bamboos. These do not "escape", become invasive on their own, and are easy to dig-up and move as needed. There are many cold-hardy types of clumping bamboos as well, so climate zone is not too much of an issue If you want larger bamboos much more care must be taken. A root barrier of some sort is needed. The standard type is thick plastic buried in a trench about 2 feet deep with several inches above ground completely surrounding the bamboo and bolted together. If this is installed correctly it contains the bamboo quite well and facilitates removal of the bamboo afterwards. There are a number of other extremely effective isolation techniques for ensuring hat your bamboo does not cause problems. The primary issue with bamboo is people planting it with poor or no planning and no research done before hand.