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 Post subject: Oops - wrong bamboo?
PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2018 11:08 pm 
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So I posted a while ago about losing new shoots on one of my Lakos. And now looking at the photo & comparing the shoot to the Lako shoot coming up from another plant in the ground, I’m starting to think the 2 in pots aren’t Lakos at all. So the story behind them is I got them for almost nothing from a guy on Craigslist - 2 15G pots with black bamboo much bigger than I ever see in nurseries. He said they were Lako & they have green striped black culms but the shoots are really hairy. Do you thing these are G atroviolacea instead? This isn’t great as I’m in 8b & I thought the Lakos would be hard enough.


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 Post subject: Re: Oops - wrong bamboo?
PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2018 7:10 am 
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Yes, I think you are correct about that shoot belonging to G. atroviolacea. In your area, I am not sure it will make much difference, as both will require substantial protection from severe freezes most winters.


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 Post subject: Re: Oops - wrong bamboo?
PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2018 2:38 pm 
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Thanks for the confirmation. I guess my collection just got a bit more diverse. I was thinking Gigantochloa was much less cold hardy. Anyway we already had one night down to 28 for a couple hours in Nov with minimal leaf loss. I’ll see what Feb brings.


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