I love bamboo. Years ago I was in Selby Gardens in Sarasota and saw Old Hammi. I had to have it. Took a while to get it and actually wound up with two others before I found it cheap enough. I only buy clumpers though. I don't want any runners.
I'd love to try the Arundindaria gigantea in a fish tank. Well I really just want a tank large enough to hold that.
I am in Zone 5 and there aren't many clumpers that are hardy here. Last fall I planted a nursery-rescue Phyllostachys nigra
and I hope it will sprout for me this spring. I am going to plant most of this Arundinaria
outside and see what happens.
I have a small (2 plants) collection of bamboos know to perform well indoors. The Chimonobambusa marmorea
looked wonderful until I divided last year; it has never recovered from that and now left with just one live shoot. The Indocalamus tesselatus
still looks happy enough, but it is not such an attractive plant. It looks like corn.
Bamboos aren't like most other grasses and you can't cut just any little division and hope for it to take. It seems to me they are more like trees and need to have a minimum amount of tissue and energy for propagation. I have seen pictures of real nice bonsai bamboo, but I bet they are tricky.
I ran into this place in Michigan that sells Zone 5-6 bamboos... http://mibamboo.com/
They have some pretty cool stuff.
allegedly grows in Sphagnum bogs in Chile... http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&c...J4LzygHOz4DoDQ
...but it is rare in cultivation and expensive and I don't think I'm going to shop for it. I saw some real nice Chusquea
in the mountains in Mexico and in Costa Rica.