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 Post subject: Blue Culms
PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:42 am 
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The light was just right this afternoon to really highlight the blue in Yushania Boliana and Fargesia Scabrida.


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 Post subject: Re: Blue Culms
PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 2:53 pm 
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JWH - Nice culms there. Is your Scabrida shooting yet?

It is here, it should wait a month.


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 Post subject: Re: Blue Culms
PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 5:00 pm 
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Is your Scabrida shooting yet?


It started shooting mid-february, most are 12-18 inches tall as of today:


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 Post subject: Re: Blue Culms
PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 7:27 pm 
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Mid February, that's crazy even for the West. I wonder if you have ever seen damage on Scabrida and what low temps has it seen?

Just see a few signs of shoots on apicirubens this afternoon.

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 Post subject: Re: Blue Culms
PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 8:55 pm 
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I've only had the scabrida for a little over a year. This winter was unusually mild, no arctic blasts. Our lowest temp was around 25f/-4c. A normal winter here usually has 1-2 weeks of highs near freezing with night time lows in the teens F.

I have a 4 year old fargesia rufa that shoots at the same time as scabrida, it's been through brief cold snaps as low as 5f/-15c and never had any cold damage. A late season snow did snap a couple of developing shoots a few years back.


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 Post subject: Re: Blue Culms
PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 11:16 pm 
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Really nice Rufa there JWH! Great dark green colour.

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 Post subject: Re: Blue Culms
PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 4:06 am 
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Bright sunlight is turning my chimonobambusa szechuanensis shoots purple, they'll turn almost black for a few months before fading back to green.


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 Post subject: Re: Blue Culms
PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 1:33 pm 
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JWH wrote:
Bright sunlight is turning my chimonobambusa szechuanensis shoots purple, they'll turn almost black for a few months before fading back to green.


I had one of these in a pot before I upsized too soon and killed it but I had decided that it was the most beautiful bamboo I had seen - loved the overall form.

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 Post subject: Re: Blue Culms
PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2013 1:01 am 
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Hey brad,

I still have mine sizing up. Went from a 1 to a 3 now a 7-gallon pot, It needs planted this year.

Its hard for me to pick just one bamboo as my favorite, but the chimonobambusas are up towards the top of the list. I wasn't sure they would thrive in my zone, but so far so good. I have a Tumidissinoda & Quadrangularis 'Suow' planted at the edge of the forest, that seems to shelter them from the worst of winter. 3 winters back the Suow had it's tips burned after several nights as low as 5f. I expected total above ground death at least, but it bounced back nicely.

Tumidissinoda absolutely glows when the sun hits it.

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 Post subject: Re: Blue Culms
PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2013 5:27 am 
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Mine was in the Menstruocalamus genus when I obtained it so its been a few years but the culms once they leaf out are so pretty..

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