My Bamboo is Shooting!!!!!

kippykJuly 11, 2012

I am so excited! I was misting and watering my bamboo, which has become a daily occurrence, when all of a sudden I noticed a six-inch shoot poking up out of the mulch! I swear, it wan't there yesterday!

I have been reading about whip shoots, as I have heard mention of them, and I feared it was too good to be true; however, as far as I can tell, it is an honest-to-goodness shoot.

I previously said that the current culms were leafing out, because they appear to be adding new branches and leaves regularly, but perhaps this is different than leafing out?

When I purchased the bamboo, it had lots of branches with lots of leaves on each culm, but it had been filling in more and more since I potted them up. Does older growth keep filling in every growing season? Is filling in different than leafing out? I am keeping my fingers crossed that maybe I'll see some more shoots!!!

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kudzu9(Zone 8a - PNW)

Culms that come up in a particular year will do all of their growing that year. They will not get taller, or bigger in diameter, or add more branches, or become bushier in subsequent years. If you are seeing "older" culms doing this, it means they are culms that came up this year. Bamboo culms have some annual turnover in their leaves, and will re-foliate if they got stressed, dropped leaves, and then recovered, or if they are in a severe climate that damages the foliage in the winter, but doesn't kill the culms.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2012 at 1:48AM
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My bamboo do a change-over of leaves but no actual branching or lengthening of old culms. There's a sudden drop of leaves which carpet the ground but the new leaf regrowth is almost simultaneous so you don't see much change in the canopy. Except for one thin, very tall species I have that does look spindly for a few weeks.

The whip shoots come from damaged new culms. I get lots when I break off emerging culms to control the bamboo. It doesn't happen with all the species but with one they just go ballistic in all directions.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2012 at 2:33AM
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