Answer: Black bamboo is a running rather than a clumping type bamboo and the roots should be contained, even when planted in a garden bed. You can plant black bamboo in a large container with great success. Be sure the container has adequate drainage holes and use a mixture of garden soil and commercial potting soil to give the container some weight, to keep the plant from toppling over in the wind.
Bamboo is basically a large grass so water as often as needed and feed in the spring with a high nitrogen fertilizer for best performance.
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