A: I think you’ll have a small challenge keeping these two bamboos alive in winter. The various running bamboo varieties, in contrast to clumping bamboo, grow just about anywhere. But in my experience and observation, clumping bamboo only grows well from the lower arc of I-285 and southward. Clumping bamboo is easily damaged from cold when young. I have not seen clumping bamboo growing successfully above Alpharetta. That doesn’t mean it absolutely can’t grow there, it just means I haven’t seen it. Your location next to the nighttime heat of the shopping center in winter will add a needed couple of degrees of warmth to your planting site. If you’re only growing a few plants, it’s worth the experiment to try both of your selections. Check my website notes for sources of different bamboo and growing tips at bit.ly/GAbamboo2.
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