Hello all -
I normally hang out at the nature and orchid forums, but I like to experiment, and have always liked bamboo. I lived for some time in Florida, where growing it is no problem, but here in Minnesota, it's more of a chore.
Anyway, I bought a small shoot from Burt Bamboo in March of 2008, planted it in the back yard in June, where it did very little, but did send up 3 small (2 ft.) growths in may of 2009. The tops totally winter-killed in the next winter, but came back very strongly in April 2010. The link below will show in pictures how it has developed between then and now. Next year should be interesting.
The plant was sold to me as Phyllostachys decora, but I'm not sure that is correct - it never really showed the bright colors on the new shoots that I would have expected. I was hoping that one of the bamboo authorities in this forum could give me an opinion on ID - P. mannii, perhaps? At any rate, it certainly is hardy. Any comments or opinions will be welcomed - thanks.
Here is a link that might be useful: Tucker's Bamboo Pictures