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What grows in 6b?

Posted by pyratejim 6b (My Page) on
Tue, Sep 5, 06 at 23:27

I've been reading and studying and talking to several different nursery's and reported bamboo folks "in-the-know". Questions I have asked about types of boo that interest me, (and YES, I am looking at posted zones and temp's,) are being replied to as "you cant grow that in area" or "wont do well in climate" yet their sites clearly list it as it will. I ask 3 different "experts" about survival of a specific boo and I get 3 different answers as to if it will make it. Everything from "once established it will do great" to "if you can get it past the first winter it will survive, but at deminished sizes" to "I'll sell it to you, but its gonna die in your climate."

So here is my question to the experienced bamboo growers of zone 6b (and last winter we actually rated a zone 7 here - only 2 nights of -3F and only 5 nights in 5 years that it has touched -5F) WHAT HAS GROWN FOR YOU? both as clumping and running.

I have been told I can grow a running variety as a clumping one as the growing season is so short here that they dont have a long enough time to spred far.

A Frustrated and Confused Pyrate

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RE: What grows in 6b?

What state do you live in?
I live in SouthEastern PA and P. Rufa is growing really well for me. They are clumping and are beautiful bamboo which has held up under 100 degree full sun this summer. I also have P. Nigra which is very young but doing quite well for me.
I truly believe if you adjust the winter climate around your boo it really helps them make it through.
I am going to purchase P. Spectabilis next spring. They are running bamboo but I will plant them in a container since I have a very small yard.
Good Luck!

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