Bring The Beauty of Nature To Your Home
Our 50 acre nursery features over 100 species of bamboo.
We are Louisiana’s only bamboo arboretum with both self guided and guided tours.
16483 Fisher Rd
Franklinton, La 70438
Mon - Sat 8am – 3pm
Clumping vs Running
About Our Nursery
Bamboo Company Nursery is owned by Alain & Elizabeth Flexer. They have been growing bamboo in Franklinton, LA since 1997 and now have over 100 varieties. They offer container grown, B&B, and field divisions of both clumping (Pachymorph) and running (Leptomorph) bamboo.
Bamboo Co. Nursery is the largest wholesale/retail bamboo nursery and arboretum in Southeast Louisiana. They are located just off of highway 25 between Folsom and Franklinton, LA.
Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants in the world, and with its evergreen foliage, bamboo makes a quick and inexpensive privacy screen. There are many varieties to choose from, and with over 20 years experience growing bamboo, Alain would like to help you choose the bamboo that is right for you.
Tours are available during regular business hours and upon request. Please feel free to call ahead to ensure that someone is available to act as a guide during your visit. Visitors are also welcome to just stroll through the Moso grove and take it all in. It is a great place to relax.
Bamboo is a type of grass – a very fast growing and very tall grass. Bamboo’s popularity has risen in recent years due to its array of practical uses and its natural beauty. Bamboo is the fastest growing and most versatile plant in the world with many nations depending on it for their livelihood. However, bamboo has been somewhat misunderstood because of the early introduction of running species, that can be very invasive, if not controlled properly. Here’s a brief discussion of clumping vs running bamboo. Contact us for more information.
Clumping bamboo only spreads out a few inches per year. This tight growing habit makes it an excellent visual screen and sound barrier. Bamboo grows in a short but strong growth spurt during summer and then remains near dormant over winter. During the ‘growth spurt’, a bamboo will start with new shoots from the ground which will grow to full height in two to three months. This continues until the plant reaches its full mature size. As a bamboo clump ages, it will slowly grow in size (diameter) as new shoots emerge on the outskirts of the clump.
Running bamboos grow as the name suggests. If not controlled properly, they can take over your garden, your property, and quite possibly also your neighbors. Bamboo groves of running bamboo can be very beautiful, but only in areas where space is not an issue or where they can be controlled. You can control the spreading of these non clumping bamboos by using nets, boundaries or root barriers. An effective way of controlling the growth is to install a barrier around the area you would like the plant to grow. You would bury a plastic barrier into the ground all around the bamboo plants, effectively “fencing” them in. Bamboo barriers should run 30 inches deep and extend a couple of inches above the surface.
Clumping Vs Running
The decision on whether to use clumping or running species of bamboo relies on your plan for your garden or yard. If you have a large space to fill, and feel confident in establishing a barrier, then a running species would make a great addition to your landscaping. If you have a relatively small area to fill, or you do not want to worry about controlling the growth, then a clumping species would be your best option. We can help you with your decision in selecting a species. Drop by or contact us for more information.
What Customers Are Saying
“Bought approximately fifty small clumping bamboo plants two years ago. Three gallon size, and had them planted by an amazing pro the Bamboo Company recommended. I followed their recommendations as to spacing and feeding and I couldn’t be any happier.” – Allan Breslin
“This was our second visit. We came back to purchase more because we were so happy with the trees we bought the first time. Additionally, the owner and staff were very helpful and informative. I’d happily and strongly recommend this place.” – Carol Peters
From Our Nursery
Clumping Bamboo List
Running Bamboo List
Grass Species List
Ordering and Return Policies
Ordering – Our plant availability list serves as a reference to assist you in selecting plants that both meet your needs and tolerate the weather conditions at the location you intend to grow your plants.
Pick up policy – Call ahead and we will make every effort to have your order ready when you arrive, thereby allowing you more time to walk through our groves or attend to your business.
Should you request, we can place a courtesy call to let you know when your plants are ready.
Local delivery is available.
Condition of sale – While we exercise care in correctly identifying our plants, no warranty is given, express or implied as to the variety or productiveness of the plants we sell. We assume no liability resulting from contingencies beyond our control, nor does Bamboo Company Nursery LLC provide any further guarantee as of the long term survival of your plants as we have no control over the care they receive after purchase.
We accept cash, cashier’s check, MasterCard, Visa or personal check (3% convenience fee for credit cards).
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