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 Post subject: Bamboo Addiction
PostPosted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 8:45 am 
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As title I cannot break this bamboo habit I have....after getting my moso seed to germinate and losing some to chickens I have gone and ordered 30x Bambusa Nutans Seeds and 10 Black Bamboo seeds......I have a very large garden and already have plans for Barriers to be put down......Also im into looking for a hardy quick growing boo for screening...I don't mind growing from seed as the process fascinates me.. Any help with bamboo scrren type would be awesome...would like some good height 2-4 meters



Can now also add Borinda yunnanensis to the list :D


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 Post subject: Re: Bamboo Addiction
PostPosted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 3:41 pm 
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In the 4-5 meter height range, Semi-arundinaria yashadake 'kimmei' is a nice choice that should work in your area.

Another pretty choice would be Hibanobambusa tranquillans 'Shiroshima'.

Both of these are interesting to look at and grow pretty well here in USDA hardiness zone 7a. Sometimes the leaves get beat up in the winter, but have not top killed even in bad winters.


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 Post subject: Re: Bamboo Addiction
PostPosted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 4:17 pm 
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dependable wrote:
In the 4-5 meter height range, Semi-arundinaria yashadake 'kimmei' is a nice choice that should work in your area.

Another pretty choice would be Hibanobambusa tranquillans 'Shiroshima'.

Both of these are interesting to look at and grow pretty well here in USDA hardiness zone 7a. Sometimes the leaves get beat up in the winter, but have not top killed even in bad winters.



Excellent info...How is the availability of the seeds?(Like to do it from the beginning) or would I be looking to get divisions?


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 Post subject: Re: Bamboo Addiction
PostPosted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 5:00 pm 
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You may have to wait decades for either of those to go to seed (who knows?). Some bamboos apparently go over 100 years between flowerings.

Divisions are the way to go if you want results, the bigger the better.

I have a lot of bamboo, only some recent Fargesia nitidas and one type of Phyllo ever from seed. A slow and tricky process compared to a good chunk of rhizomes with a few culms.


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 Post subject: Re: Bamboo Addiction
PostPosted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 5:26 pm 
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dependable wrote:
You may have to wait decades for either of those to go to seed (who knows?). Some bamboos apparently go over 100 years between flowerings.

Divisions are the way to go if you want results, the bigger the better.

I have a lot of bamboo, only some recent Fargesia nitidas and one type of Phyllo ever from seed. A slow and tricky process compared to a good chunk of rhizomes with a few culms.



Agreed but when you do it from seed I find it more satisfying it also helps to learn what and what not to do...But as the seed banks for bamboos are not reliable then I may well look into divisions. Thanks for help


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 Post subject: Re: Bamboo Addiction
PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 11:15 pm 
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greenfingerste:

It might make sense to pay a visit to the Ness Botanic Gardens near Liverpool and Chester. They have a lot of Keith Rushforth's Borinda and Fargesia collections there (by KR#). I'm sure you'll find some "must haves".

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 Post subject: Re: Bamboo Addiction
PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 6:32 am 
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johnw wrote:
greenfingerste:

It might make sense to pay a visit to the Ness Botanic Gardens near Liverpool and Chester. They have a lot of Keith Rushforth's Borinda and Fargesia collections there (by KR#). I'm sure you'll find some "must haves".

john


Thank you John.....That place is only like 40 miles away from myself


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 Post subject: Re: Bamboo Addiction
PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 12:56 pm 
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Perfect! You should be able to grow all that exotic stuff if your climate doesn't differ greatly from Ness's.

Zone 8b I'd guess.

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 Post subject: Re: Bamboo Addiction
PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 1:34 pm 
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johnw wrote:
Perfect! You should be able to grow all that exotic stuff if your climate doesn't differ greatly from Ness's.

Zone 8b I'd guess.

john



Well according to the RHS zones they have me in zone 9 either way we don't have real cold temps just don't have high humidity during summers although summer just past it was unbearable for about 3 weeks but that's the exception rather than rule. I did some checking to make sure they would be able to take our climate and all being well and I can get them to germinate im sure I can keep them alive and in the ground within a year as prep is well underway with over 5 tons of horse manure in the ground and and mulch sheet over it


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