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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 5:11 am 
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I Also live in the Phoenix area and have been looking at growing bamboo seeds. I'm certainly no expert on bamboo but I know if you plant anything that requires rich soil or at least soil that isn't almost completely deprived of organic matter in the Arizona desert soil it isn't going to grow well. You need to at the very minimum dig a bigger hole than the actual plant preferably much bigger and fill it with rich soil, of course I'm not sure this is your issue if you did actually end up adding compost or something to the plant, but this certainly could add stress on the plant if it's roots can't get through the compacted desert soil and it would also cause a lack of nutrients and overall plant health.

Also I have used shades before when growing plants that can't take the heat as they certainly lower the temperature a lot, so maybe this is something you could try for your bamboo until it becomes established, although IDK if the bamboo would be to tall to do it in a meaningful way. Additionally maybe you could use some sort of misting system to cool down the bamboo if your really serious about getting it to survive. I'm pretty sure you can purchase some that use high pressure and produce an extremely fine mist that evaporates almost instantly so it doesn't add water stress, but again I wouldn't know if this would be a viable method for bamboo, however it can work for other plants such as those in green house, the water evaporates lowering the air temperature and the temperature of the plants.

I hope maybe something here can help you and if I ever do get bamboo growing I will certainly keep in mind the heat as it's been in the triple digits where I live for most of this week so far.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 6:31 pm 
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The Bamboo Plant wrote:
I Also live in the Phoenix area and have been looking at growing bamboo seeds. I'm certainly no expert on bamboo but I know if you plant anything that requires rich soil or at least soil that isn't almost completely deprived of organic matter in the Arizona desert soil it isn't going to grow well. You need to at the very minimum dig a bigger hole than the actual plant preferably much bigger and fill it with rich soil, of course I'm not sure this is your issue if you did actually end up adding compost or something to the plant, but this certainly could add stress on the plant if it's roots can't get through the compacted desert soil and it would also cause a lack of nutrients and overall plant health.

Also I have used shades before when growing plants that can't take the heat as they certainly lower the temperature a lot, so maybe this is something you could try for your bamboo until it becomes established, although IDK if the bamboo would be to tall to do it in a meaningful way. Additionally maybe you could use some sort of misting system to cool down the bamboo if your really serious about getting it to survive. I'm pretty sure you can purchase some that use high pressure and produce an extremely fine mist that evaporates almost instantly so it doesn't add water stress, but again I wouldn't know if this would be a viable method for bamboo, however it can work for other plants such as those in green house, the water evaporates lowering the air temperature and the temperature of the plants.

I hope maybe something here can help you and if I ever do get bamboo growing I will certainly keep in mind the heat as it's been in the triple digits where I live for most of this week so far.


As I said, it's the heat that does them in. Unrelenting heat and high winds, it's like having bamboo in the path of a blow dryer. A day or two might be okay. Two or three weeks in a row at 110F? Not a chance.

Everything was well mulched, planted in good, replacement soil, not native soil. They thrived like crazy when the weather was nice, as I stated in my OP, but the summer dry heat was too much. Soil won't save your foliage. A misting system for 15-gallon bamboos spread in plantings across an entire yard is not practical and would be worthless in the aforementioned wind. Putting shade cloth over a 10 or 12 foot, 15-gallon specimen is also not practical, especially in light of the wind.

I appreciate the advice, and I wish you luck growing from seed, but if you think a shade cloth or soil are going to save you, expect to be disappointed.


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