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Dying bamboo

Posted by gman76 MA (My Page) on
Sat, May 24, 14 at 12:43

I bought this house and inherited this patch of tall bamboo, after 5 years the bamboo has grown to about 15ft tall, but now is starting to turn yellow for the first time.

Is there too much in one spot and has become overgrown and is perhaps smothering itself?

I'd be interested in learning what type of bamboo this is that can grow in MA and live throughout the winter ( I believe it stayed green all winter too but I could Br mistaken ).

Thanks for any help you can provide in identifying this bamboo and what could be causing it to turn yellow. Some of the Leaves are starting to fall, others, although yellow, still have a firm grip on the stem. Stem and stock still appear green but fading.

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RE: Dying bamboo

It's not from overcrowding...that doesn't happen unless it's in a pot for a long time and becomes rootbound. It looks to me like the foliage got damaged by winter cold. If it's in a dry location, water it regularly. If it wasn't damaged too badly, you should start to see new leaf tips forming in the next 1-2 months.

As to species, the photo is too fuzzy to say much, but it looks like one of the common Phyllostachys species, such as Ph. aurea.

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