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bamboo lives but.....

Posted by jenraider72 zone 6 (My Page) on
Sun, Jul 10, 11 at 15:22

My husband planted large bamboo in garden which, after taking advice from forum, we cut to rootball to stimulate new, healthy growth. This has worked and new bamboo growth has started, however, now the problem is how to protect it from critters. We have bunnies, one baby in particular that vists our yard every day, and we've seen the little one go at my cordyline as well as the regular grass in the yard. Before we opt for the garden fencing, which I don't think my husband likes the look of,does anyone have ideas? Below are links to UBC garden site , where I was able to upload images of the eaten bamboo and the suspect in question. Thanks very much

Here is a link that might be useful: bamboo-what's left

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RE: bamboo lives but.....

That looks like a 1 culm fargesia division of some sort. I think you probably should of started with a much stronger plant since small divisions are prone to things like this. At this size you could use a wall o water to prevent bunnies from chewing up and give it a chance to put on some size and save it.

Wall o water will also speed up the growth rate a bit and help get your little boo established.

Here is a link that might be useful: wall o water

RE: bamboo lives but.....

Ever tried hassenpeffer? It's really good. Little bunnies are very tender.

RE: bamboo lives but.....

I had this problem for years with squirrels. The only solution that I found to work over the long term is some kind of hardware cloth or heavy gauge wire mesh that can be formed into tubes and set around the new shoots until they are at least 18" tall, or so, and have hardened off. These protective tubes can be attached to other culms or to stakes to keep them in place.

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