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Moving a clumping bamboo

Posted by johnnieb Washington, DC (My Page) on
Wed, May 9, 07 at 14:12

I have a clump of Fargesia robusta that I planted about 2 years ago. I planted it too close to some other plants and it will need to be moved. It's still fairly small but steadily increasing in size and has just sent up a bunch of new culms. The clump is about 18 inches across, with the tallest culms now up to about 4 feet tall. How big a root system do they get, and how easy are they to transplant? Is it best to transplant now, or wait until fall?

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RE: Moving a clumping bamboo

  • Posted by kudzu9 Zone 8b, WA (My Page) on
    Wed, May 9, 07 at 23:57

Leave it alone for now. The general rule of thumb is never to transplant during shooting season, and the second rule of thumb is to wait until it's pretty dormant, which would mean late fall to early spring.

RE: Moving a clumping bamboo

I moved a Fargesia Robusta about six weeks ago. It wasn't very big and I was able to get the whole clump, but not all of the roots of course. It had shoots an inch or two long and I broke one of them accidentally. The rest of the shoots survived just find except one that aborted late. The clump was heavy enough that I could *barely* lift it into my wheel barrel. Since I lost some of the roots, I cut off some of the culms to hopefully balance it out. If the clump had been too big to move at once, I would have just chopped off as large a piece as possible and moved that. I don't know if it was the optimal time to do it or not but it seems to have taken quite nicely.

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