P. aureosulcata 'spectabilis' flowering

treeguy_ny USDA z6a WNYJune 8, 2011

Hey all,

My 'spectabilis' is flowering! : (

I noticed the flowers today while trimming out dead canes from this year's winter damage. So far, only a few flowers are present on last year's canes. I was very excited as my 'spectabilis' put out 18-20 canes this spring with the tallest being 6-7 feet. I hope it's not doomed now that it's started flowering!

Question 1 - is anyone else's 'spectabilis' flowering?

Question 2 - is my plant doomed to a slow death or is there a possibility of it recovering from flowering? As I mentioned, I've only noticed a handful of flowers on last year's canes that survived this past winter.

Thanks for your input! I can take pictures tomorrow and post them if need be.

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None of mine show signs of flowering. You should probably save the seeds in the fall once they fully ripen.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2011 at 12:37PM
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haven't noticed anything

    Bookmark   June 11, 2011 at 6:12PM
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I havent nopticed my spectabilis flowering but I do have some P. aurosulcata 'yellow groove' that seems to be flowering this year. So far only a few within a large grove seem to be flowering but they are full of seed bunches. I filled a large ziplock bag in just a few minutes. I took some pictures of the seed bunches and may post them when i get a minute

    Bookmark   June 13, 2011 at 3:50PM
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newgen(9 Central California)

Mine have been spreading like crazy, but no flowering, either.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2011 at 11:48PM
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My Spectabilis is not flowering, either.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2011 at 11:19AM
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Mine is. Bummer.
One of my reference books says that sometimes flowering can be stopped if you remove the flowering culms and fertilize the plant liberally with nitrogen fertilizer. It also says flowering is not always lethal. Maybe someone else here knows more.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2011 at 10:00AM
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kudzu9(Zone 8a - PNW)

Flowering is not very well understood. There are various approaches to trying to save flowering bamboo, but there is no guarantee that any of them will work in particular cases. The link below -- posted on the web site of the American Bamboo Society -- provides an interesting discussion of the phenomenon.

Here is a link that might be useful: When Bamboo Flowers

    Bookmark   June 20, 2011 at 1:14PM
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