Is my Fargesia Murialae a mutant?
Hi, I purchased a FM 3 years ago from Bamboogarden.com in a 1 gallon container. The purpose was for a fast-growing privacy screen without invasiveness.
My culture should be perfect for it. (In fact, it is growing great nearby at the Smithsonian Shade Garden.) We have hard clay, but made a large pit and amended it with everything any FM could possibly want. It is in a great partial shade area. It gets watered frequently and top-dressed with manure in spring and mulched for winter. During any abnormal weather, it is given special care and foliage covered and protected from damaging cold winds.
So why is it still only 18" high instead of 18 feet high? Is it possible I got a mutant from a mutant dwarf seed? I read in envy of people growing FM for 4 years in Midwest climates which are 8 feet tall already.
Mine looks really pretty and healthy, but it is still a dwarf! I'm getting so frustrated, I'm thinking about buying some of that experimental gibberellic acid to get it to grow.
What's my problem? Any thoughts welcome and thanks in advance.