Experts warn about bamboo spread

Experts are urging people to think twice before planting bamboo in their gardens and this article in the Express explains why. When bamboo grew across property boundaries, the neighbour noticed it started growing through their floor, further investigation of the issue led to several rooms in their home having to be excavated to remove the rhizome. As it had grown up through the cavity wall, had it not been noticed, it could have forced the walls apart. Reported as being one of the fastest growing plants in the world, it is said it can grow up to approx. 1 metre per day. If you must have it, the advice is to grow it in pots to avoid this type of spread. Costs have been estimated at over £100,000 and the homeowner has had to vacate the property whilst works are underway. Read the article here.