Black Bamboo Shoots

earlhochJuly 11, 2010

I have a two year old Phyllostachys Nigra growing in a pot, and it put up two new shoots this year. However, they were very thin and drooped from their own weight. I figured that they would harden soon so I propped them up with a stake. After about a month this didn't happen, so I untied them. Within a week, they had died. What have I done wrong, and when do the new shoots become as hard as they normally are? Any help would be appreciated.

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kentuck_8b(__)

The plant may be rootbound. P. nigra normally shoots early in the Spring. It will occasionally put up shoots later in the Summer and will put up smaller whip looking shoots throughtout the year.

Too much water can cause new shoots to die off, or as I mentioned, being rootbound can cause problems also.

Kt

    Bookmark   July 11, 2010 at 1:04PM
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boomantoo

My nigra acted the same way in a pot but recovered nicely when I put it in the ground. Just keep in mind that nigra is only hardy to 0 degrees f. and may need protection from the winter winds. I use row covers. I first put 4 bamboo stakes around it then wrap them with the row cover leaving the top exposed. This definetly helps all of my other not so hardy boos.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2010 at 10:49AM
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