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 Post subject: Starting to plant
PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 6:41 am 
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Just getting going on planting plants I've been container growing, some for more than 2 years, only about a quarter done but here are few photos. (click photo to enlarge a bit)

Dendrocalamus sp. Parker's Giant
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Big branch bud
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S tootsik - variegated form
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B ventricosa Kimmei
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B eutuldoides Viridivittata
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B textilis Gracilus
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B multiplex Alphonse Karr
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B oldhamii
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B multiplex Riverorium & I hamadae
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3 Phy's
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Phy nigra
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Phy nigra Henon
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Mounds beginning to form
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More to come, I've also planted Himalayacalamus, Chimonobambusa, Hibanobambusa, Borinda, Pseudosasa.....

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 Post subject: Re: Starting to plant
PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:08 pm 
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That is going to be impressive in a couple of years!

What's the lot size?

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 Post subject: Re: Starting to plant
PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:12 pm 
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Looking good

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 Post subject: Re: Starting to plant
PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 12:05 am 
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It's only 15,000 sq feet and I'm trying to save room for other plants. Thus far I've mostly kept bamboo out of the orchard area where I've added to the existing fruit trees. I plan on having pathways between big bamboo mounds for large areas.

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 Post subject: Re: Starting to plant
PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 12:25 am 
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Did you get your banana from the old place

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 Post subject: Re: Starting to plant
PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 2:31 am 
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Yes, I got all 4, I butchered the big ensete but it is planted and should be all right.

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 Post subject: Re: Starting to plant
PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 10:36 pm 
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We have the same amount of space now (about 1/3 acre). Mine's full though. :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Starting to plant
PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:06 am 
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Brad ,
i don't know but some of the Australian sites are showing Dendrocalamus asper hitam and Dendrocalamus brandii Black down to -5c so that may make them safe to try :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Starting to plant
PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:29 pm 
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I saw that Robert rates them into the upper 20's, but I have to say I'm not that keen on the black bamboos and they are pricey too. I almost got rid of my Nigra here but went ahead and planted it though.

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 Post subject: Re: Starting to plant
PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 6:21 pm 
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Very nice. This will be interesting to see occasional updates and watch things progress. Your yard will certainly look different two years from now. Keep us posted

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 Post subject: Re: Starting to plant
PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:22 am 
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As shuboo says, it would be interesting to see how the garden evolves as the plants develop. I see you have Phyllostachys planted near what appears to be property lines. Out of interest, what system will you use to contain them, trenching? I imagine P. Nigra readily runs in your climate.

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 Post subject: Re: Starting to plant
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Looks like a nice place, did you dig all those holes by hand? All those pictures of warmer climes look nice this time of year, good compared to us still in the seasonal zones.


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 Post subject: Re: Starting to plant
PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 3:12 pm 
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My expectation is that the runners will be easy to contain, it does not rain from May through October, temperatures will exceed 100F - 110F many times and the ground is like cement. They will want to spread in the mulched area so I will expand the mulch to the point where I want the bamboo to stop. When they poke out of the mulch I'll snip them off, I may be wrong of course but I do not expect them to move in the native soil.

Yes, digging by hand and it is murder. In a few spots so far I've not been able to get 2 inches deep so those are essentially growing on top of the soil, help in place by the potting mix and mulch. In other spots I've been able to dig deep enough to plant normally.

I could do w/o the 100F but I like a climate where I can grow stone fruits and citrus, planted lettuce and cabbage last week to see how that will do, I drive past huge fields of it right now so it should work for me. Winters are cool to chilly so I don't expect the Bambusa to approach FL sizes, we'll have weeks of 50's/30's in the winter.

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 Post subject: Re: Starting to plant
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That sounds like a plan, Brad. I find a trenching spade helps in difficult soil, but I can just imagine what the ground is like in an arid climate, particularly if it is stony. We haven't had a week without rain this summer and pretty well overcast most days.

Oh, just saw your post about root pruning on the message board. Sorry about that.

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 Post subject: Re: Starting to plant
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Man I can relate to your hand digging nightmare on a different level. Our soil on our property is fantastic. It was formerly an orange grove for generations. So many years of fallen leaf litter and rotten citrus has produced some seriously dark, rich soil. It’s much easier to dig holes in. But last time I went to see Robert I bought about $3500 worth of bamboo. Mostly divisions of B. Oldhamii and B.Text Gracilis. Once I got home I realized that I had to get about 60-70 divisions in the ground with a shovel. My shovel is heavy, solid steel made by Wolverine. I paid around $230 for this monster. When I bought it I remember thinking that I must’ve lost my mind spending this much for a shovel. Turns out it’s one of the best purchases ever. Anybody ever heard of Wolverine brand?

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