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Transplanting Phyllostachys aurea rhizones

Posted by bobby_c z7 DC (My Page) on
Mon, Apr 13, 09 at 18:23


I need a privacy fence along a border of my property - a friend is going to dig up and give me some Golden bamboo rhizones. It is mid-April and there is still the possibility (though small) of a freeze for another month - is it too early to plant? Should the soil warm up more? And if I do plant now, how long would I epect to see growth?

Thanks (and I'll be careful about how it spreads),


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RE: Transplanting Phyllostachys aurea rhizones

  • Posted by kudzu9 Zone 8b, WA (My Page) on
    Mon, Apr 13, 09 at 22:05

You should be able to plant later in the month, but, if you're just going to get rhizomes, you will probably be disappointed. First, the success rate from chunks of rhizome can be pretty low (like 1 in 4). Second, it will take a couple of years to get modest growth, and it will probably be at least 5 years before the bamboo is even 4-5' tall. If you want a privacy hedge in less than 5-10 years, you're going to have to start with some real plants.

RE: Transplanting Phyllostachys aurea rhizones

OK - good to know! If rhizomes are planted, how long does it take for them to begin shooting growth?

RE: Transplanting Phyllostachys aurea rhizones

  • Posted by kudzu9 Zone 8b, WA (My Page) on
    Tue, Apr 14, 09 at 12:50

Shooting of actual culms may take several years. You might get some bushy growth a couple inches high this year or next, but don't expect miracles from rhizome cuttings.

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