bamboo shoots

guyfrom505February 24, 2007

When will bamboo start to shoot? Does it depend on soil temp, air temp, sunlight? A combination? I am in Albuquerque, borderline 6/7. I have p. nigra and p. aurea. Both did very well theis winter with very minimal leaf damage. A few dry leaves not much though. Tis is my first winter with bamboo so any info would be appreciated.


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Yes, it depends greatly on weather conditions. The soil must reach a certain temperature before shooting goes in ernest. P Nigra as a late shooter, May in the Pacific Northwest. Aurea likely sooner.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2007 at 12:12PM
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I'm in the north, my bamboo (which I though was P Nigra henon but the culms are turning yellow in the sun) starts shooting around the end of May.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2007 at 2:47PM
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mersiepoo - henon will turn yellowish in the sun, it is only the older culms that turn to the grayish color you may have been expecting, i've had it for 5 years and it frequently gets nipped back by cold so i have never had any culms that were able to ripen, they start out green and fade to a golden/olive color - i would not let that single factor convince you that yours is not henon. the shoots of the nigra forms are pretty distinct and easy to veryify the id

    Bookmark   February 28, 2007 at 10:13PM
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Hi Inversa!

Hmm, that is very interesting! I'll have to take a picture of my bamboo later on and post it. Thanks! I thought they gave me the wrong 'boo.

    Bookmark   March 8, 2007 at 4:33PM
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