I've waited over two months to write my review so I could be sure of this plant's health.
Plant arrived carefully packaged but did include a few little bugs from Texas. Not a big deal, really, I was just surprised to see them.
I very carefully followed the included care directions and transplanted the bamboo from its shipping container into a large pot for my patio. I've watered it every day since arrival and only recently cut back to watering every other day.
It is doing well but it still just a baby. It isn't very black and is only about 2 feet tall.
It is healthy and hardy and I am happy :)