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What Yellow Bamboo Plants Can I Grow in Pots?

    Bamboo plants come in different sizes, shapes heights, and colours. In this article, we take a look at the question many of our readers ask – what yellow bamboo plants can I grow in pots?

    There are 5 yellow bamboo plants that will thrive in contained spaces like the pots and containers. In fact, these bamboos are also popular in the UK.

    So let’s find out what these bamboos are and why you should grow them in pots.

    Types of bamboo plants that grow in the UK

    There are two types of bamboo plants – the running bamboos and the clumping bamboos. We have details of over 70 bamboo plants on

    If you want to know more about these two bamboos, click on the links. Each section has a comprehensive collection of the various bamboos that do well in the UK.

    Apart from the common green-culm bamboos and black bamboos, you can also find yellow and red bamboos here.

    Should you grow yellow bamboo plants in pots?

    Bamboos are evergreen and long-lasting, best grown in sites where they’ll provide a permanent cover such as in the garden as ornamental plants, or along the boundary as hedges and privacy screens.

    In addition, the yellow bamboos are fantastic pot plants. Though these plants do not flower regularly, the golden yellow canes are naturally beautiful.

    Below, is a list of 5 golden yellow bamboos that are popular in the UK. But first, let’s have a look at the 5 benefits of growing these bamboos in pots.

    Benefits of growing bamboos in pots

    • Movable: Most bamboos in pots are not easy to move because they are large and heavy plants. The Phyllostachys yellow bamboos (see below) will require additional help or tool to move them around, like this Hand Truck from B&Q. However, the great thing about growing bamboo in pots is that you CAN actually move and adjust the pots to your heart’s desire with a bit of help.
    • Maintainable: Bamboo are undemanding plants. You can prune the number of culms and greenery you want on the potted bamboos, and they’ll keep producing new shoots year on year. That is why they are great privacy plants.
    • Protection: Bamboo plants are hardy and can withstand cold and frosts. Though they are generally tolerant to insects and bugs, the new shoots are susceptible to slug attack. So, growing them in pots and elevating them above the ground is the best protection.

    Slugs and Snails Killer

    Feeds and Fertilisers

    Rhizomes/Roots Barrier

    Heavy Duty Pots and Planters

    • Root barriers: The running bamboos are invasive, especially the golden Chinese timber bamboo, Yellow Bamboo Vivax and other bamboos listed below. Pots provide the barrier and stop them from invading other spaces.
    • Indoor and patio plants: Bamboos in pots can be used as natural screens for balconies, patios, porches, and verandas. They also provide a calm and relaxing atmosphere for the outdoor sitting areas and are good conversation starters when friends and family visit you.

    So now that we know the benefits of growing the bamboos in pots, let’s have a look at the cultivars that can grow well in confined spaces like the pots.

    What yellow bamboo plants can grow in pots?

    There are several yellow bamboo plants from the families of running and clumping bamboo you can find on

    This list is in fact a fine collection of the golden yellow bamboo plants, not only popular in the UK but is preferred by many homeowners and gardeners. Click on the links to find out about growth requirements.

    Bamboo Phyllostachys Sulphurea Viridis

    Yellow Bamboo UK Phyllostachys Sulphurea Viridis

    Phyllostachys aureosulata ‘Aureocaulis

    running bamboo plants UK

    Golden Yellow Chinese Timber Bamboo Vivax

    Golden Chinese Timber Bamboo vivax phyllostachys vivax

    Fishpole Golden Bamboo (Phyllostachys Aurea)

    Golden Groove Bamboo (Phyllostachys aureosulata ‘Spectabilis’)

    Golden grove bamboo UK

    These links provide an in-depth collection of the features, growth requirements and care tips for each of the bamboos mentioned. The featured articles here will give you a better understanding of the height, spread and other specific details for growing the bamboo plants.

    Questions about growing bamboos in pots

    Here are some general questions many people ask about bamboos.

    1. I want to grow bamboos, but they are invasive. What should I do?

    Many homeowners and gardeners are worried that bamboos are invasive. This is a half-truth because running bamboos are invasive whereas the clumping bamboos are not invasive.

    In addition, you can use the bamboo root barriers or pots and still enjoy all the benefits of growing bamboo either in the garden or in pots.

    In fact, bamboo plants can be a problem if left unchecked for 2 – 3 years as many large plants do. This is often the case due to neglect or when someone inherits bamboos from a previous owner.

    Perhaps it is important to note that the bamboo plants are great pot plants, undemanding and providing the best natural covers. But to keep them in good shape, they’ll need attention.

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    2. How do I grow the yellow bamboo from cuttings?

    As mentioned, though bamboo plants are undemanding, they will require your attention especially when grown in pots. So, prepare the pots and soil prior to growing the new plants.

    • A large pot is necessary for bamboos as they are large plants. As they grow up and outwards, they’ll also expand at the bottom. So, a large pot or planter is ideal for growing the yellow bamboos.
    • Use well-drained and moist soil. All the bamboo plants we feature on require good well-drained moist soil to grow well. Here is a detailed article about the best soil for growing bamboo and how to make it.

    The two points briefly summarise what you can do to give your yellow bamboo plants the best start in the pots.

    3. When is the right time to grow bamboo plants?

    The best time to plant bamboo is early in Spring, or around March. This is an ideal time because the new shoots will be prominent.

    Importantly, the new bamboo plants in the pots will require attention. Keep a watch when they put out the new shoots so that the slugs do not eat them.

    4. What are the yellow bamboo cultivars that grow in the UK?

    We feature over 70 bamboo plants. Most of the running and clumping bamboos thrive in the UK conditions. You can find out more about them by using the three navigation methods here.

    All in all, the golden yellow bamboo plants are adorable. They are undemanding when grown in pots. They provide a calm and warm atmosphere in the outdoor spaces and in the garden. The benefits of growing the 5 yellow bamboos in large pots outweigh the fact that they are invasive.

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