Variegated Buddha Belly

silversword(9A)September 8, 2009

Hi! My husband came home with six Variegated Buddha's Belly Bambusa ventricosa... for $60 total!!! We have a 50' planter with a white fence that I'd like to put them in front of with plenty of sunlight and lots of room. Some are much bigger than others (two are single stalks). I know they are clumpers and grow slow but I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions about what to plant in front of them, what will complement them. Also, would you plant them as a background plant, or should we make them a little more front-and-center?

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Here in zone 8b, my variegated Buddha Belly has grown to 40+ feet in height with culms around 2+ inches thick. They need room to grow.

I don't think you will find much of a taller plant to put behind them, and the tops lean outward a bit, so I wouldn't plant anything very close to the base of the plant unless it likes shade.


    Bookmark   September 8, 2009 at 9:29PM
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Really? I had no idea they got that big. How long did it take for them to get that tall? I guess I was under the impression that they were more a small accent piece than a large one. I don't know why.

I wouldn't mind them providing shade, here in sunny San Diego we can use shade!!!

    Bookmark   September 9, 2009 at 9:23AM
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My plant has been in the ground about 6 years, but it reached that height in it's 4th year.

It has gotten no taller since, but in your area, which is a bit warmer, it may get as much as 15 feet taller...that is, if you have the true Bambusa ventricosa kimmei aka variegated buddha belly.

There is a possibility that what you have may be mis-identified and is actually Bambusa vulgaris 'Wamin Striata' which will only grow to about 15 feet in height.

Do you know where the original plant is? Can you post close-up pics of your plants?


    Bookmark   September 9, 2009 at 9:57PM
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hmmmm... it is possible. I can take some pics tonight. Thanks for your help!

    Bookmark   September 11, 2009 at 11:29AM
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