Well contrary to popular belief bamboo is not a tree but is actually a grass. Many know bamboo from what they have seen in the movies or maybe in a zoo and do not have a complete understanding of this magnificent plant. Often this is what leads to may considerin bamboo an invasive species that is uncontrollable and thus never get to fully appreciate the beauty that bamboo can bring.
There are essentially two basic types of bamboo, commonly know as runners and clumpers. The runners are what have earned bamboo a bad reputation because they do just that…run! If planted uncontained in a residential environment these plants will certainly get out of control and new shoots will appear where you (and your neighbors) do not desire! Clumpers however are much easier and slowly grow outward in a circular, shrub like fashion and are much more controllable because of this. So if you desire to grow some bamboo make sure you do your research and take the appropriate precautions before planting.
As for bamboo that we grow, currently are growing over fourteen varieties with plans to double that by next year. Most of these are tropical clumpers but we do have a few runners, though not many because running bamboos simply do not perform well in our area in Florida. As most bamboos rarely flower and set seed all of our bamboos are propagated either through division or vegetative propagation, so growing an inventory is a slow process.