Anyone in WI grow Bamboo?

luvtosharedivsMay 27, 2008

If so, can you tell me where I might purchase a hardy variety?

Thanks,

Julie

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pbaby(z4 Wisconsin)

Hi Julie -- I have some bamboo I bought from a roadside perennial garden 2 years ago and it grows like crazy. I am in the Southwest -- if you are near I can tell you where to go or dig some up!

Cheers--

    Bookmark   May 27, 2008 at 9:08PM
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luvtosharedivs

Pbaby,

I'm in the SE corner of the state, and found a nursery that sells a few varieties about an hour west from me - Klehm's in Avalon.

Does anyone here grow any named varieties?

Julie

    Bookmark   May 27, 2008 at 10:26PM
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milwdave(Zone5 Milwaukee)

Milleager's in Racine has Fragersia rufa, a clumper. I don't see them too often in garden centers.

Dave
Franklin

    Bookmark   May 28, 2008 at 7:56AM
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luvtosharedivs

Thanks, Dave,

In fact I drove there after work today, since I work in Racine. Those are some large containers, and a bit pricey ($50) for my first time trying Bamboo. I think I'll look around a bit - wouldn't want to lose one over winter, it I've never tried one before (especially at that price!)

Julie

    Bookmark   May 28, 2008 at 5:11PM
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milwdave(Zone5 Milwaukee)

Ah...surprised I didn't see you. I was working the nursery lot.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2008 at 8:34AM
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luvtosharedivs

Well, next time I'm there, I'll look for you!

Actually, they weren't exactly in the nursery lot, but rather at the edge of the perennial lot (which I guess borders the nursery lot - Ha!) Another cyber-friend of mine told me I could divide the bamboo in sections, that way $50 isn't so pricey after all. I live closer to Milaegers in Sturtevant, so I may still check there. I'd better hurry, huh? It looks like they are specialty plants that may not be reordered? What do you think?

Julie

    Bookmark   May 30, 2008 at 4:10PM
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milwdave(Zone5 Milwaukee)

We run out of quite a few things Julie. If it's early enough in the season we will reorder. But with something like bamboo it still depends on our suppliers as to whether or not we'll get it. Hope to see you sometime.:)

Dave
Franklin

    Bookmark   June 4, 2008 at 7:46AM
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luvtosharedivs

Hey Dave!

Is that you I see pictured inside the front cover of the nursery catalog (2007)? If it is, I see you running around helping people all the time, answering a zillion questions!

Never a dull moment at that place, huh?
I work in six different buildings, but next time I'm on the North side, I'll stop in during my lunch hour and introduce myself, and maybe see if any of that Bamboo is left - in fact I might be able to swing by Friday.

Julie

    Bookmark   June 4, 2008 at 8:41PM
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milwdave(Zone5 Milwaukee)

Nope, that's not me Julie...it's my boss. I'm confined to the nursery...LOL

Dave
Franklin

    Bookmark   June 5, 2008 at 8:37AM
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mail-lady

Julie -- When you say Klehm's at Avalon - Do you mean just west of Janesville -- small town with little to no downtown ?? I live in Milton, and am not aware of any Klehm's - but would like to find bamboo as well. Mary

    Bookmark   June 8, 2008 at 2:44PM
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luvtosharedivs

Hi Mary,

I recently ordered and received a Bamboo and several Hostas from Klehm's. They send absolutely huge plants!
Click on this link:
Klehm's
If you scroll down to where it says "contact us" you will see their address.

I purchased Fargesia rufa, Green Panda. It's still sitting in a pot waiting to be planted. I don't know if you've received as much rain as we have, but our ground is saturated right now, all I can do is a little weeding on the edges of my gardens.

Let me know if you find Klehm's. I have their catalog too.
This summer I will have some time off work, and would like to visit them.

Julie

    Bookmark   June 8, 2008 at 11:18PM
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mail-lady

Thanks Julie, That's not far from us, I didn't know they sold to the public - some of their peonies fields are about four miles from here. I'll go over to Avalon this next week, We have had record rainfall, we farm and fields are flooded.But our house and buildings are not flooded, and we are all safe, so we are lucky. The Dells area and so many areas are suffering - some by their own bad judgement,but none the less, suffering - that we have to feel blessed here. Clustered Bellflowers and Coreopsis started blooming today, got a few weeds pulled, and 3 ice cream pails of strawberries picked, before the storms hit again - so not such a bad day! Thanks Again for info and site link. Mary

    Bookmark   June 14, 2008 at 10:00PM
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luvtosharedivs

Mary,

I just reviewed Klehm's on-line site, and it shows that they are a mail-order nursery only, not open to the public.
(Darn!)

I see they have sold out of Fargesia rufa Green Panda, but there are three others that you might consider. Just type Bamboo in the search box.

Julie

    Bookmark   June 15, 2008 at 10:54AM
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mr.mader

I bought bamboo years back that was supose to handle zone 4/3. It didn't survive & I mulched the heck out of it in the fall to get ready for Winter............... Didn't make it.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2008 at 7:27PM
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luvtosharedivs

That's why I only bought one. It's supposed to be hardy in zone 5, but I will mulch it well for the first couple of winters anyway, before I decide if I want more. Our site is very windy, which is very drying to exposed plants. I've been told to keep it well watered all the way up until the ground freezes.

Julie

    Bookmark   June 17, 2008 at 11:17PM
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lillianloveshostas

I located mine at the Flying Pig in Two Rivers Wi last year. It is slow to get going, but it surrived the winter!

    Bookmark   July 5, 2008 at 10:18AM
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aka_margo(z5a WI)

When I was at Stein's the other day I saw bamboo, not sure what kind though as I didn't read the tag.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2008 at 10:48AM
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luvtosharedivs

Lillian,

Welcome to the GW forums!
(I see you recently joined.)
I assume you live in WI, since you mentioned Two Rivers. If you live near there, it looks like you are in zone 5a or 5b. Did you give your bamboo any special winter protection to help it survive?

I love hostas too.
So does Jen (aka_margo.)
BTW, Jen, I visited Steins in Racine, and that particular store had no bamboos.

Julie, in Sturtevant

    Bookmark   July 5, 2008 at 4:02PM
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aka_margo(z5a WI)

This last fall they redid the Stein's in Appleton. They now have a huge Monrovia section with lots of new plants they normally wouldn't carry. I was just there again today, but I didn't even look at plants I was just picking up some spinosad to get rid of all my earwigs.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2008 at 9:21PM
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