|Buying bamboo from someone who isn't certain what kind of bamboo they are selling is risky|
Hi, I went to a flea market and stumbled upon a bamboo that almost has a resemblances of a golden goddess, but I am not sure. She didn't even know what it was either. It was claimed as an clumper. Do you think you could identify it? I have the picture.
It is definitely not Golden Goddess and there's a good chance it is not a clumping bamboo at all. When you buy bamboo from someone who has no idea what plant they are selling - especially if that bamboo is tantalizing inexpensive - you are very likely to be purchasing one of the many varieties of running bamboo, all of which are much easier to propagate than clumping varieties.
Running bamboos are invasive and once established, they are very difficult to remove.
Instead of planting in the ground what might turn out to be an unwanted running bamboo, you might try growing it in a large pot for one growing season. After a year, you will be able to tell by its growth patterns whether it is a clumping or running bamboo.