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Pleioblastus viridistriatus and Sasaella masamuneana albostriata

Posted by steve1young Long Island (Z-6b) (My Page) on
Mon, Apr 20, 09 at 17:53

Has anyone tried these pups? If so, could you please share your experience. Thank you! Steve

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RE: Pleioblastus viridistriatus and Sasaella masamuneana albostri

Sasaella masamuneana 'albostriata' doesn't get very large here...maybe four feet in height with canes about 1/4 inch in diameter.

Cold tolerant but doen't like temps into the 100's. It does best in mostly shade. It also can tolerate constantly wet soil.


RE: Pleioblastus viridistriatus and Sasaella masamuneana albostri

Thanks Kt,

I'll be planting the Pleiob' in bright, slightly dappled shade.

The Sas' will be planted in a spot that is very, very bright shade and will receive a few hours of direct sun (to help brighten the variegation).

Both will be planted in the ground in one of those heavy-duty plastic beer keg holders you can get at HD for about $6. I simply cut off the top rim and cut out the bottom and then dig the whole thing in.

I'm stoked!

RE: Pleioblastus viridistriatus and Sasaella masamuneana albostri

  • Posted by kudzu9 Zone 8b, WA (My Page) on
    Fri, Jun 12, 09 at 13:30

I've tried both; they are winter hardy in my Zone (8), but might be marginal in yours. I grow a lot of varieties of bamboo and have found that the Pl. viridistriatus is among the most aggressive runners I've grown. I don't usually use bamboo barrier, but I'd consider it for this one. However, if you don't use barrier, it is good to know that the rhizome system doesn't go very deep and is of such small dimension that it is relatively easy to remove with a pickaxe.

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