Help with stunted bamboo shoot tips

thekatocatOctober 28, 2013

I have a punting pole (clumper) bamboo plant that has been in ground for one year now. It seems to have acclimated to the hot summers we have in Phoenix. This spring, its sprouted to shoots that reached 8-10 ft, but since then subsequent shoots will emerge sprouting 3-4 feet before the tip of the shoot browns out, then branching takes over the growth. Now that we are in fall the main shooting season, the shoots are not making past 1 ft. Other than that the secondary growth is lush and the plant seems healthy.

Any one know what kind of phenomenon is occuring?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
kentuck_8b(__)

Are the new shoots as thick as the earlier Spring shoots?

Are they otherwise healthy looking?

Kt

    Bookmark   October 28, 2013 at 4:35PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
thekatocat

they are generally thicker or the same, I've read on another post that juvenile bamboo can abort shoots if they lack sufficient energy.
not sure if thats the case cause it seems like the tips brown out so vertical growth is halted but energy than is diverted to branching

    Bookmark   October 29, 2013 at 9:51PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
kentuck_8b(__)

Interesting. Can you post a picture?

I've never had any bamboo abort shoots from lack of energy/food that I know of. I have had some die from too much or too little water during new shoot growth. Too much water will kill of most if not all, new shoots if it is persistent and lengthy, and also, severe drought will cause them to die.

The bamboo grove or clump, should normally be producing food constantly, in addition to using stored food for new growth, so it is strange that the new shoots are stopping before they reach their mature height, and then leafing out.

Maybe there is some kind of damage to the new shoots which is stopping their growth?

Kt

    Bookmark   October 30, 2013 at 9:47PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
How fast do moso bamboo seeds grow?
Hello! I bought moso bamboo seeds in January. Planted...
dazzlebean
privacy wall for freeway noise
Trying to comb through all the back log of message...
ssmith58
What is the DEAL?
Last autumn, I split off some young culms from my main,...
Michael AKA Leekle2ManE - Zone 9a - Lady Lake, F
What's Wrong With My Bamboo?
Hey all, I'm a brand new member and this is my first...
PacNWbalconyGrower
home terrasse
need help for my home terrasse
linabichebl
Sponsored Products
Halo Recessed Lighting 4 in. Recessed Lighting Tuscan Bronze Baffle Trim 953TBZ
$48.67 | Home Depot
Norleon Rug 7'9" x 9'9"
$2,919.00 | Horchow
Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 Convertible Car Seat - Total Black - CC099APU
$199.99 | Hayneedle
Fairy Dust Tinker Bell Cookie Jar
$36.99 | zulily
Possini Euro Design Hanging Crystal 16 1/2" Wide Bath Light
Euro Style Lighting
Abba Satin Purple Drum Twin Pull Chain Floor Lamp
Lamps Plus
Meridian Chocolate Blackout Window Curtain Panel
$31.95 | Bellacor
nuLOOM Handmade Flatweave Herringbone Chevron Cotton Rug (5' x 8')
Overstock.com
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™