Sierra Water Gardens
Bamboo grows very well in Reno's harsh climate.
It seems Reno has random weather extremes and the bamboo we have planted at Sierra Water Gardens has managed to thrive through all of it. Our bamboo grows as a hedge in the front and in the back along our fences. (photo at the bottom of this page) In one year since bringing the bamboo back to life with lots of watering the stalks have doubled in size and number. The bamboo we carry and sell is cold tolerant from 0 degrees to -4 degrees and some varieties are down to -20 degrees.
We have found that bamboo takes lots of water to get established but then can be watered regularly like normal shrubs and trees. When it is particularly hot and dry during the summer make sure your bamboo gets extra water. Also when we have a dry winter make sure to give the bamboo a little water to help it survive. Bamboo is evergreen so it is nice to have in the cold winter months, but does shed a bit creating a little mess.
Bamboo can be planted diretly in the ground or in a container. It does very well in both. We carry both types of bamboo clumping and spreading. The spreading bamboo doesn't seem to spread very much on our property because we don't water the walkways near the hedges and immediately cut off any runners. If you want to plant bamboo next to a lawn or heavily watered area we reccomend putting liner down at least 4 ft deep.