50mph Wind

botanicalbill(9b SWFlorida)November 5, 2009

I just went to a bamboo farm and bought 6x3gallon pots and 1x7 gallon pots with different types of clumping bamboo. I put them in the back of my truck and laid them down. I then drove for about 30 min at 50mph or so. It seems that the tall bamboos are all dying. Did I kill the foilage with the wind I created? Will it bounce back and how long will it take. The varities I have are

Bambusa malingensis (Sea Breeze Bamboo)

Bambusa vulgaris (Green Timber Bamboo)

Bambusa vulgaris Vittata (Painted Bamboo, Hawaiian Golden Bamboo)

Bambusa eutuldoides viridi-vittata (Asian Lemon Bamboo)

. The Hawaiian does not seem to be dying back as these were only about 4 feet tall and they fit entrily into the back of the pickup. The others are 15-20 feet and they hung out, these are the ones that are dying back or possibly just lost their foilage.

Thanks for any feed back.

Our daytime temp is 70s-80s and night time is 50s-60s. Im keeping the plants well watered. Im keeping them in the pots for now but have burried the pots 1/2 way or fully in the ground.

Again, thanks.

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kudzu9(Zone 8a - PNW)

Sorry to hear about your problem. You have diagnosed the reason for this. All is not lost, though. You do have leaf burn from exposing the bamboo to those 50mph winds, and those leaves will die and fall off. However, you haven't damaged the culms or the root system, so these plants should recover and start putting out new leaves in the future. I can't say how soon this will happen, but you are obviously in a temperate Zone, so that its a good thing. It could be several weeks, or several months. Just keep them watered and in partial shade, rather than blistering sun for now. I think you are doing the right things, so good luck.

In the future if you want to transport bamboo at highway speeds, the best thing to do is get a bunch of twine and wrap each bamboo in a spiral pattern from top to bottom so that the branches are held tightly to the culms and can't whip around. Another approach is to protect them with plastic, but this runs the risk of cooking the bamboo on a sunny day because of the greenhouse effect.

    Bookmark   November 5, 2009 at 5:54PM
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botanicalbill(9b SWFlorida)

Awesome, thanks for the clear feedback. I also thought that I might have lost some soil in the process so I covered the top of the pots with some mulch to hold in the moisture.

I guess I will make no difference if I cut the leafs off or leave them.

Thanks kudzu9.

    Bookmark   November 5, 2009 at 6:11PM
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kudzu9(Zone 8a - PNW)

I wouldn't bother to cut off the leaves as you could damage some small growing tips or some leaves still half alive. As they turn brown and dry up, you can just brush the ones that want to come off with your hand.

    Bookmark   November 5, 2009 at 9:23PM
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