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Bamboo for large outdoos container

Posted by stevm65 z7ri (My Page) on
Tue, Jun 1, 10 at 16:14

Hi All,
I'm in Southern RI very close to the water, I'm guessing zone 6 or 7 even. I've got several varieties of Fargasia growing in the ground very successfully and I want to attempt something in a large 3' or so across container in a sheltered part of my garden. Yellow groove (P. Aurea Sulcata) grows wild around here, and I can dig a nice clump for free, so that's my fall back position. I would like to try something a little nicer, though. Before I spend some money, I'd like to have an idea of my chances of success. Has anyone had any luck in a large outdoor container with other members of the phyllostachys family. I'm trying to avoid even top dieback in order to get some thick upright canes. I know that the Fargasia are tough, but most of them are kind of weeping, which is great, but not the look that I'm going for. Thanks for any input,
Steve


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RE: Bamboo for large outdoos container

Steve -- why not give the Yellow Groove (Phy. aureosulcata) a try first? When maintained it can be quite attractive -- don't judge it by the "wild" groves you see.

You could also try some of the other aureosulcata forms: 'Spectabilis' or 'Aureocaulis'. They're both really nice if you're looking for a yellow culm, and quite hardy (although maybe slightly less so than P. aureosulcata).

The only problem you'll have in a "small" growing area is congestion. It will become rootbound after a few years and you'll need to divide it. You'll probably need to remove some culms too. But as I said, it should be fine for a few years.

z6 or z7 could make a big difference if growing in a pot -- pots leave the rootball exposed to much lower temps than if the plants were in-ground.


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RE: Bamboo for large outdoos container

Yeep agreed with alan_l that the P. aureosulcata are worth considering. Just please don't plant any P. nigra, because everyone and their cats plant P. nigra! =)

I've always wanted to plant a P. aurea 'Koi' or P. aureosulcata 'Harbin'; the former has a sort of geometrically-shaped culms whereas the latter has fine ridged ones. Both of them are upright growers too; which is how I prefer my bamboos. Just need to find more room for them!


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RE: Bamboo for large outdoos container

  • Posted by bboy USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA (My Page) on
    Fri, Jun 4, 10 at 22:38

The denser, hardier and tidier Fargesia would be the more suitable of the two genera for the pot.


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