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PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2020 8:15 pm 
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Hi! I've been looking at lists of bamboo types and one detail that doesn't seem to get mentioned much is whether a particular variety is good for eating. Being in Zone 5b (2012 map) means that our temperatures can get down to the -20F to -10F range. Given climate change and a property that is pretty well protected from wind, I'm thinking of planting Phyllostachys nuda in a metal trough. But, I'm not sure. I don't see any names that sound like "delicious"...

Do you have any recommendations?

Thanks in advance.

Crystal


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 6:13 pm 
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Phyllostachys dulcis

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 7:25 pm 
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I saw dulcis, but it doesn't grow in zone 5. :(


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 7:30 pm 
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The Phy aureosulcata forms and Phy bissetii all have edible shoots, I've eaten them raw and they have a nice flavor but are slightly astringent. I believe I have a photo of some freshly harvested Bissetii shoots on my webpage. I would not describe them as delicious, but edible and tatsy. Phy nuda has nice shoots also but it never lived up to hardiness expectations for me. I think in your climate you need to expect annual dieback with a spring of lots of new shoots so I think you can grow for spring shoots but don't expect large diameters nor evergreen. In mild years you'll be OK but be prepared for frequent setbacks in winter.

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I got a pm from someone and the system says that I can't reply and I can't send new messages because my registration is too new. So, I'll respond as soon as the bambooweb system allows it.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2020 7:15 pm 
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Remember that planting anything in a pot above ground the rule of thumb is one zone colder. So a z5 plant in a pot might not survive a z5 winter, but a z4 plant would.

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