Bamboo Evolution Part Due :)

pcanJanuary 28, 2014

Hello, I had a thread on here a while back I can't find showing the growth rate of our bamboo. Just providing and update.

Phy Nigra "Black Bamboo" and Phy Decora "Beautiful Bamboo"
Season 1 Planted June 2010

Season 2 March 2011 Barrier Installation Party

Barrier Complete

Fall 2011

Season 3 Spring 2012, shooting

Summer 2012

Fall 2012

Season 4 Spring 2013


Mid summer 2013

End of summer 2013

Dear Husband standing there to gauge height

Backdrop of the pond late summer 2013

And today, January 28, 2014

I suspect, this year the growth will be amazing! My guess is it may hit 15'.

I do little to the bamboo as far as care and maintenance. The first couple years I added a good layer of compost each spring and a heavy layer of wood chips. Last year I did nothing. In the fall my husband and I get out there and dig up any rhyzomes that have reached the barrier. Last year there were a lot.

I think this year I am going to thin it out in the spring, taking out any shoots under about 4 feet to make room for the taller shoots that will pop up in May.

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I'll add when we put the barrier in I think everyone was laughing at me. Two dead looking little bushes in the center of a huge area.

Now who's laughing! LOL

    Bookmark   January 28, 2014 at 7:14PM
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sagolover(10a SoCal)

Love the setting, the pond, everything. What happened to the purple flowers that were inside the boo area?


    Bookmark   January 28, 2014 at 8:07PM
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They were annuals, Lavender Verbena I planted in 2012 to help fill the blank space till the bamboo kicking in. Not much room for flowers in there now.

    Bookmark   January 28, 2014 at 8:25PM
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sagolover(10a SoCal)

I think bamboo is beautiful enough not to need any other filling plant or flower. I just love it. :)

    Bookmark   January 28, 2014 at 11:10PM
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Wow, I must admit that I too was laughing when the barrier went in!! I ate my words (giggles) later on when I saw the growth you have had. Wow! That sure is filling in nicely. What are your winter lows there?

    Bookmark   January 30, 2014 at 8:51PM
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newbamboonut, I figured you all were laughing ;) To tell you the truth I was concerned.

We have typical zone 7 winters. This year the lowest we hit was 4 degrees back in December during a week long cold stretch. But January hasn't been below 10 degrees. Average in January is highs in the 30's and lows in the teens. We have been completely average this year. Haven't ever seen it below zero here but heard in years past it has been. Our winters are a little longer though than typical zone 7 because we sit at 4100 feet above sea level. Last frost is normal around Mothers Day, first frost late September. Bamboo shoots here in May.

    Bookmark   January 30, 2014 at 11:38PM
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Very cool! Can I ask you what kind of fertilizing you did? Do you get summer rains too or no? Thanks again for the photo update, that is a lot of fun. I am doing the same with videos of me boo here in CA.

    Bookmark   January 31, 2014 at 11:28AM
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No fertilizing, just heavy compost and mulch in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Just going to leave it as is now. No more mulch and compost. We get little to no rain (10" annually). But we have flood irrigation and flood the yard once a week in the summer with a couple inches deep of water. So it gets a good deep water about once a week.

Here is a picture I took of the watering I think this was 2012:

    Bookmark   January 31, 2014 at 1:58PM
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sagolover(10a SoCal)

Oh, you just got a bigger pond for free. Jokes aside, hope your plants were fine.

    Bookmark   January 31, 2014 at 2:25PM
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Yep, we actually do that on purpose once a week, the plants love it. The pond edge is slightly above grade so we dont get water run into the pond. The plants love the deep water in the hot summer. I ahve plants that love water in the lower areas and plants that like dry in the higher areas. It works out quite well.

    Bookmark   January 31, 2014 at 2:57PM
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sagolover(10a SoCal)

Interesting. Advantages of having your own yard. :)

    Bookmark   January 31, 2014 at 5:47PM
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Hi Pcan, I remember the pics of the pond, nice landscaping. I'm a little weary of planting running bamboo. How deep is the barrier and do you see any offshoots?

    Bookmark   February 1, 2014 at 3:21PM
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Hi Craigger, the barrier is 36" tall with 34" underground. Haven't had any cross but we dig about a foot down just along the inside of the barrier every fall and cut out the rhyzomes that have reached it. We got a huge pile last year all about an inch in diameter!

    Bookmark   February 1, 2014 at 4:10PM
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