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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:23 am 
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Location: Toronto (north)
I am in Zone 5, and extreme lows here can range from - 25 to - 30 Celsius which can occur once or twice a year. Typical lows are in the minus teens. However, it's the duration of the cold periods that kills. Last winter also had cold days that reached -25, but didn't last long, so my bamboos suffered only minor leaf damage.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:39 am 
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Location: Toronto (north)
The only pests that frequented my (fenced) yards are:
Mice
Rabbits
Raccoons.

I have no voles in my area, just regular mice.
Raccoons have the potential to do a lot of damage, and there is a large family of 8 this year. However, the raccoons have not discovered bamboo shoots to be edible. They did chew on and broke off some young bamboo culms once, probably out of curiosity while searching for food around my bamboo grove.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:59 am 
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Location: Comox,BC
Thanks for sharing Pokenei.

Do you tarp your boos at all?


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 5:32 am 
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I do tarp, some years. But for some reason, whenever I tarp, that winter turns out to be warm, and by tarping, I did more damage than good because the mice are loving it under the tarps and stripping off all the leaves and chewing on branches.

This Winter, I decided not to tarp, hoping for another warm Winter, but it was the polar opposite. When the temperature reached lows of minus 10s and 20s for weeks, I was forced to tarp the less hardier ones e.g. Nigra with an old blanket, and put a styrofoam container over my Moso. The Larger and hardier bamboos are not tarped, but I did mulch the bases of bamboos with autumn leaves.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2018 1:44 am 
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Hey OP, I too started with Phyllostachys Nigra and still have it to this day! I'm not sure if it's still my favourite though.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:40 pm 
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Location: SW Washington
It was only a few years ago, but I've already forgotten if my very first was the Sasa hayatae from a friend, or the trio of Fargesia (robusta, nitida, and dracocephala 'Rufa') from the local nursery. Whichever was first, the other was acquired not long after. The 'Rufa' is probably the one that really sparked my current obsession, upsizing fast and looking so lush and beautiful. I really appreciate that aspect of bamboo in my young garden where most of the trees and shrubs will need a decade or more to really start filling in. I determined that the robusta was the Pingwu form and wasn't very impressed with it, so gave that one away to a friend. The nitida was originally planted in too much sun and has grown rather slowly. I recently moved it to a shadier location with more moisture in hopes that it will grow a bit faster and look a bit nicer.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2018 4:07 am 
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Oldhammi and Ventracosa. Lousy California Oldahammi but decent B.Belly have several clumps of it trying to compeat(not sucsessfully) with my clone-X.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2018 5:25 am 
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Marcat, how does the CA form differ?

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:24 pm 
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My first bamboo was Bambusa multiplex "silverstripe"

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