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rhizome divisions

Posted by hank11 8 (My Page) on
Tue, Sep 8, 09 at 19:59

Next Jan/Feb I plan to dig some of my Phy. Dulcis and Phy. Bambusoides to keep their spread in check. There will be lots of extra rhizomes. In the past I simply cut them in about 8 inch pieces and put them in 5 gal. pots, and have had good success, but only get one single culm from each one. I realize that this is a very slow way to go and takes an extra year or two, but I am a patient grower and hate to waste a healthy rhizome. My question is this, can I put two three or four separate pieces in one pot and expect them to do ok, or would this "choke" them out or cause the whole pot to be weaker? Also I realize that it is best to dig culms that are 2-3 years old but I have a lot that are from this spring and have to come out.They are about an inch in diameter and 8 to 12 feet tall. Should I pot these up or am I expecting too much?

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RE: rhizome divisions

No problem combining roots. Timing depends on zone you are in. Seems like I have the best luck with roots in late spring. Rgds

RE: rhizome divisions

  • Posted by kudzu9 Zone 8b, WA (My Page) on
    Thu, Sep 10, 09 at 23:27

I see no problem with putting more than one rhizome cutting in a pot...just make sure you use a decent size pot. As for the existing culms, I have had pretty good luck taking divisions like you want to do of stuff that has come up in the current growing season. You might lose a couple of them, but if you're needing to take them out, go ahead and pot them up as long as they have at least a modest root or root ball. It's worth a try and you may have a fairly decent success rate.

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