I have been working on my bamboo collection for quite some time now and have found particular satisfaction and enjoyment in growing tropical clumping bamboo in pots and containers both small and large. I have Bambusa Multiplex fernleaf stripestem growing in 3" ceramic containers and up to 3 gallon nursery and decorative pots. I have recently expanded my collection to include a handful of runners, and I have found them to be quite different, and equally as exiting to grow. When I write of bamboo I am talking about true bamboo and not the false lucky bamboo that is really Dracaena, which is more of a corn plant than a bamboo. I am not downing the lucky bamboo, as I think it may be the strongest, most hard to kill indoor plant I have ever seen. If buying a lucky bamboo plant is what begins your journey into the world of true bamboo, then I approve. But honestly lucky bamboo is about as exciting as having a pet rock. Yes it will stay exactly the way you bought for months on end, with absolutely no care whatsoever. I have had a lucky bamboo arrangement sitting in my bathroom for months and it is just there. Everyday I change, but that plant just stays the exact same as the day my wife brought it home from the dollar store. I am more interested in dynamic plants that are alive and actively growing and changing. I want to care for my plants and learn from them. Tropical clumping bamboo in pots are certainly dynamic and are the polar opposite of lucky bamboo. For starters true bamboo cannot be grown in water, they are grown is soil or soil less mix. Clumping potted bamboos are constantly changing, growing and evolving. They are wonderful examples of the old saying "you get what you put in". When properly cared for, Bamboo can be one of the fastest growing plants in the world. Bamboo sends up new shoots from its rootball or rizome mass and topping, thinning and all around shaping the clump is where the fun begins. By properly pruning and thinning both bamboo roots and canes, you can develop and grow some truly amazing plants. Root and cane pruning is how to grow true bonsai bamboo. I am glad you have found my website. Our goal is to show how simple, fun & rewarding growing bamboo in pots and containers, both indoors and outdoors can be.