Beechy bamboo shooting above ground?

Genericboi(10 CA)July 11, 2006

Does anyone know why this is happening? I noticed a tip the other day and brushed away the dead leaves to see the progress and noticed that the entire new shoot is forming above the soil. What's that about? My bamboo has 5 new shoots and they are all above ground. Is this normal? Should I shovel some soil over the new shoots? Thanks!

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kudzu9(Zone 8a - PNW)

Are you saying that there is a sort of runner coming out from the main plant horizontally just above the ground, and then sending up a shoot? If this is what you meant, this is standard behavior for many bamboo, both runners and clumpers, especially when the plant has only been in the ground for a year or two. Don't worry...the bamboo knows what it's doing and you don't need to intervene.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2006 at 12:29AM
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PuraVida(Costa Rica)

Here is a new Textilis I have and if you look closely you can see that the shoots did not come up out of the soil, they grew out of the base of the older clums.

This one is not my bamboo. But if you look at the base of the plant you can see how the new shoots develop from the lowest section of the older culms--they don't actually come breaking out of the ground.

Here is a link that might be useful: garden photo blog

    Bookmark   July 12, 2006 at 5:41PM
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