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Please recommend clumping bamboo for Calif. desert?

Posted by toffee-el Z9 Sunset Z13 SoCal (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 24, 12 at 2:58

Is there such thing as sun loving, drought tolerate clumping bamboo? we are near Palm Spring, California. Sandy soil, warm winter and super hot/dry summer. Plenty of sun and not much water.

Ideally, the bamboo should max out at 12 ft tall or so and dense foliage.

Any recommendations?


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RE: Please recommend clumping bamboo for Calif. desert?

Bamboo typically are not drought tolerant: they like lots of water. Unless you are prepared to water it or provide dripper irrigation, you are not going to be successful. Do you see any of your neighbors who are successfully growing bamboo? If so, I suggest you ask them what species it is and how they maintain it. Or you could ask a local nursery.

I wish I could be more helpful, but what you describe is not an ideal situation, and I don't think it would help you by suggesting any plant names unless you want to alter the watering situation on you property.


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RE: Please recommend clumping bamboo for Calif. desert?

  • Posted by hank11 8 Northern Ca. (My Page) on
    Tue, Jul 24, 12 at 16:45

Maybe Thamnocalamus Tesselatus. Supposedly can take heat, but I'm sure it will still take a certain amount of water, especially the first year.


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RE: Please recommend clumping bamboo for Calif. desert?

Mexican Weeping Bamboo.(Otatea acuminata ssp. Aztecorum).


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RE: Please recommend clumping bamboo for Calif. desert?

Alphonse Karr


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