you live in a tropical , subtropical or temperate zone?
Tropical bamboo may only be grown permanently outdoors
in areas that are frost free. This is probably USDA
Zone 10 only: areas like Southern Florida, Southern
California and Hawaii. Tropical bamboo may be grown
indoors or in greenhouse environments if care is given
to maintain steady warm temperatures throughout the
year. Subtropical bamboo are somewhat tolerant to frost.
They grow well in USDA Zones 9 and 10 with marginal
performance of some species in Zone 8. These hardier
selections are useful for areas like much of coastal
California, the Gulf States and the tropical areas,
as well as interior use.
The temperate bamboo are quite frost hardy. Some withstand
temperatures to -20 F or USDA Zones 4 and 5. Most will
grow around the country in Zones 6, 7, 8, 9, and many,
in 10. Many do well as house plants.