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Northern bamboo not reproducing in the South

Posted by hdesousa z6PA (My Page) on
Fri, Jun 18, 10 at 17:57

Some 4 years ago I gave a friend several clums of Phyllostachys bissetii and Phyllostachys nuda, grown in Nazareth, PA Zone 5-6 but transplanted to Columbia, SC, Zone 7-8. He tells me the clums are very much alive, but have not put out any new shoots. Any ideas?
Hansel de Sousa

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RE: Northern bamboo not reproducing in the South

What exactly are you calling a 'clump'? Are there leaves on your plant? Did you only get a rhizome? They should have been shooting like crazy (since maybe April as it's been a warm Spring in the East). They should have no problem in your zone as Phyllostachys are subtropicals and actually do best in zones 7-8. Phyllostachys should do fine in the South, it's the subtropical MOUNTAIN species that have a narrower temperature comfort zone and can suffer in hot temperatures (especially high overnight temperatures). Good luck!

RE: Northern bamboo not reproducing in the South

Is he fertilizing? Watering? Do the plants get as much sunlight as possible? If the answer to any of these is "no", then the bamboo will grow much more slowly.

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