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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2014 1:35 pm 
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I have a young black bamboo in a 15 gallon pot. Last year it decided to send a rhizome out of one of the holes in the side of the pot in attempt to escape. So I placed another smaller pot next to the bigger pot and ran the rhizome in the small pot and filled it with dirt. I just noticed that a nice shoot is coming up from the rhizome outside of both pots (in between the pots) and growing out of the of the rhizome mid air.

My question is: What do I do? Let it continue to grow as is? Will it produce roots in the air? Or do I cut it and plant it in the smaller pot? If I do cut it, should I wait until summer?


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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2014 11:03 am 
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It will probably not survive on its own. Its best chance would be to cover it in dirt somehow as well. If there is a foot or more rhizome that can be that can be included with shoot, it may survive if you separate it later. (Late summer, early fall).


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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2014 12:13 pm 
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If you are willing to slice up the small pot if needed, I'd suggest cutting the rhizome at the edge of the big pot - get as much as possible, then take the entire rhizome out of the small pot by pulling it back out the hole - if there are other swollen buds though you could snap them off so I'd slice the pot to avoid that. Then replant the whole thing with the green part above the soil line. This was you'll have the most rhizome possible and a cane above ground to fuel future growth.

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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 11:16 pm 
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I appreciate the info. I think I will attempt to see if it will grow from the rhizome for a while longer and then cut it away. I dug down in the smaller pot and the rhizome has taken a deep drive into the pot. So with the rhizome healthy I assume the shoot will stay healthy and grow fairly large until I cut it away.


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