is this top kill?

mary-in-torontoApril 14, 2014

After our brutal winter, my 7 year old Fargesia Robusta Green Screen has turned brown. Is this top kill? If so, what are my next steps?
Thanks in advance.

This post was edited by mary-in-toronto on Sun, May 11, 14 at 13:27

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mary-in-toronto

close-up of bamboo

    Bookmark   April 17, 2014 at 3:00PM
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mary-in-toronto

It is one month later, and there has been no change in my bamboo - no further green, no leaf drop, no new culms. I am in need of advice. Do I cut it all down? wait? thin it out?
Thanks

This post was edited by mary-in-toronto on Sun, May 11, 14 at 14:41

    Bookmark   May 11, 2014 at 9:34AM
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desertwest

Has it come back yet? I live in Santa Fe and am considering planting bamboo where we want a 10ft tall screen. Does it require a good deal of extra water? Do you water it in the winter? We are in zone 5. Thanks!

    Bookmark   May 26, 2014 at 10:15AM
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kudzu9(Zone 8a - PNW)

Mary-
Are any of the existing culms green, or have they all tanned-out?

    Bookmark   May 26, 2014 at 10:01PM
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mary-in-toronto

UPDATE: The bamboo was totally topkilled. I have removed most of the dead culms, but left a few for support of any new culms. The new shoots are sparse and thin, and located only on the perimeter of the plants. All very disappointing.

To desertwest: I do not water during the winter, and after 7 years, it only reached 5 feet in height. But,Toronto is a very different climate from Santa Fe.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 11:54AM
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Usonian4001

Mary-
Mine did this in the yard this year, and I had a large perimeter planting such as you show in your images. Sadly, mine all had to be cut to the ground. Most have only perimeter growth, sadly. This was a HARSH winter up north (I am in Zone 5a, WI) and we've had a very wet spring/early summer... so, this is the growth I guess I am stuck with. If they don't re-grow adequately for next season, I will be forced to dig them all out. UGH! I feel your pain!

    Bookmark   July 1, 2014 at 1:54PM
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Usonian4001

another section... sadly, this section of the yard was hardest hit. None of the bamboo has survived.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2014 at 1:57PM
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this is what I've been left with as of July 1

    Bookmark   July 1, 2014 at 2:10PM
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mary-in-toronto

Usonian4001 " If they don't re-grow adequately for next season, I will be forced to dig them all out. "

Can you explain to me why they should be dug out if they do no adequately grow?
My bamboo shoots look just like yours.
-Mary

This post was edited by mary-in-toronto on Thu, Jul 3, 14 at 14:11

    Bookmark   July 3, 2014 at 1:50PM
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