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Anyone ever try bamboo?

Posted by basementherbalists (My Page) on
Sun, Jun 17, 07 at 21:06

I live just north of the cities, and I have some bamboo started in pots. I have two Moso's I started from seed last year that are about a foot tall now, and a black one that I just got this year. Has anyone ever tried planting this in the ground around here? and if you have, did it work?

~the basement guys

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RE: Anyone ever try bamboo?

To my knowledge, there are only a few marginally hardy bamboos, here: some of the Fargesia species, like nitida and muriale, and Phyllostachys aureoblahblah (yellow groove). Black bamboo shouldn't even have a chance, or the moso's(I think), but stranger things have happened.

I had F. nitida since 1999, and it grew, but never really amounted to much more than a bamboo novelty. It tried to bloom in 2005, when the species bloomed all over the world. But our season was too short and/or it didn't have the vigor. I thought it died last year, but this spring I see one tiny little new sprig. Hazzah! A major feat in that maple root infested garden.

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