View Full Version : Bamboo & Septic Systems

04-21-2009, 11:21 PM
I am trying to figure out if my bamboo will damage my septic system. I have read both pros and cons. I am not sure what to do yet. I think I might call the lady who sold me the stuff and ask her before I plant the trees.


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The small one is called Japanese giant bamboo and will be around 72 feet high and 6 inches wide. The larger one is called elegant bamboo and will grow to around 42 feet.

These little tress were expensive too! I will be putting the elegant around the carport, and the giant in the front yard.

04-22-2009, 01:01 PM
My mother planted elegant boo 15 ft away from her septic tank 20 some years ago and has'nt had a problem with it yet . I'd like to see that giant one in it's full glory

04-22-2009, 01:37 PM
Dude, the giant one is going to be the shet. I am going to take care of it well and see what I can do. I contacted the nice lady that sold the plants to me this morning. She said she has never heard of any problems with septic lines.

Thanks for the info. I am going to plant the giant one about 25 feet from the septic in the front yard.

Here is her website:

Mid-Atlantic Bamboo (http://www.midatlanticbamboo.com/)

04-22-2009, 06:05 PM
My experience from digging mine up was that the roots went outward and not down very far - mabe a foot or so . That giant looks like it's gunna be som kool stuff !

04-22-2009, 06:38 PM
Cool, that is exactly what the lady who sold it to me said.. About a foot or two down. I still have them in the house. Going to wait for a good warm streak to plant them. Also, I'm still deciding on the exact location. If I get some good shoots next year I will mail you some if you want.

04-22-2009, 06:49 PM
Hey Dom!!

When they get big enough you can harvest some and turn them into bamboo shawls!! ;)

That will give you something to do when you not riding! :D

Neat stuff.

04-22-2009, 07:53 PM
That's good thinking! I'm pretty sure both types I purchased are edible too! So if I get hungry while I am making one, or if I don't like the way it turned out I can just cook it and have a snack.

04-30-2009, 08:57 PM
Can't win sometimes. So, I babied the bamboo on the porch for a bit until it warmed up. I planted it in the ground last weekend. The elegant bamboo that I have in the backyard had a sweet shoot coming out, its second one. The thing was over three feet, grew that much in a week. Anyhow, the wife had some of her friends over here today to celebrate one of their birthdays. Sure enough one of the kids got a hold of the new shoot. Long story short, the shoot lost about a foot of itself. Oh and the wife broke the digital camera somehow today too! Wish the kids would go out and do something productive, like pull weeds. Instead they decide to tear apart my $60 plant! Shet..