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planting instructions for Alphonse plants

Posted by elbeardo CA (My Page) on
Wed, Aug 19, 09 at 9:21

Hi. I'm getting ready to plant 5 five gallon Alphonse Carr plants in a concrete planter that is about 20 feet long, 2 feet wide and 3 feet deep (open at the bottom though). Is there anything special I need to do? The planter is full of mostly clean fill dirt with store bought compost mixed in to the top six inches or so. Should I fertilize right away? With what? what depth should the plants be planted at? Anything else?

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RE: planting instructions for Alphonse plants

  • Posted by kudzu9 Zone 8b, WA (My Page) on
    Wed, Aug 19, 09 at 17:00

Bamboo can grow in pretty poor soil, so yours should be happy with what you've got. You could lightly fertilize, but it's not necessary. When I do fertilize, I use a slow release fertilizer like Osmocote, but you can use any well-balanced grass fertilizer as well. Mainly, you need to water well.

The planter sounds fine. Plant it so that the top of the soil in the pot is even with the top of the soil in the planter. The only issue is that Alphonse Karr is a clumper, so it will not spread out in that long bed. Therefore, you may want to get several more A. Karr, or other species of clumpers, if you want the planter to be full of bamboo.

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