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by pokenei
Thu Jun 24, 2021 1:27 am
Forum: Growing Bamboo
Topic: Latest Phyllostachys to shoot?
Replies: 19
Views: 535

Re: Latest Phyllostachys to shoot?

It may have to do with the amount of precipitation.
Not sure about your place, but my area was particularly dry during month of May and early June.
by pokenei
Sat Apr 17, 2021 1:14 pm
Forum: Growing Bamboo
Topic: New to bamboo, already having problems
Replies: 3
Views: 413

Re: New to bamboo, already having problems

Is this a new plantation? If so, it's not a surprise. It may just be transplant shock as the roots have not adapted to the new soil. That said, I would reduce the watering to once every 2 to 3 days depending on how wet the soil is.
by pokenei
Mon Mar 08, 2021 2:55 am
Forum: Bamboo Discussions
Topic: New here
Replies: 5
Views: 1244

Re: New here

Growing bamboo is fun indeed because you don't know what next year's growth will be like. However, if you're zone pushers like me, be prepared for disappointments as well. I am in zone 5, and in most years, my bamboos are top killed and they can come back the same size or significantly downgraded. T...
by pokenei
Mon Jun 15, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Bamboo Discussions
Topic: First Shoots of 2020
Replies: 10
Views: 2315

Re: First Shoots of 2020

Parvifolia and Atrovaginata only put a handful of shoots this year. Is it because they put much of their energy into re-leafing instead? Anyone else observed this anomaly?
by pokenei
Mon Jun 15, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: Bamboo Discussions
Topic: First Shoots of 2020
Replies: 10
Views: 2315

Re: First Shoots of 2020

My Moso went dead a couple of years ago after I failed to protect it for a few cold nights. However, my Nigra survived just fine, so Nigra is definitely more cold hardy, despite having the same hardiness rating.
by pokenei
Mon May 18, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: Growing Bamboo
Topic: Dulcis Shoot - normal?
Replies: 8
Views: 1606

Re: Dulcis Shoot - normal?

I'll provide a doom and gloom view amongst all the positive ones. That shoot doesn't look so good. A healthy shoot should feel hard and smooth looking. Best case scenario, some other shoots will emerge when the plant is ready. Worst case, it will become a living stick. I've had one where I planted a...
by pokenei
Mon May 18, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Bamboo Discussions
Topic: vivax vs parvifolia
Replies: 8
Views: 1684

Re: vivax vs parvifolia

I do not have vivax, so can't comment much on it. With Parvifolia though, you need patience. You're probably not going to like the look of Parvifolia for the 4 or 5 years unless you have a large specimen to begin with. Young Parvifolias have the tendency to grow at an angle. Choose Parvifolia if you...
by pokenei
Tue Jan 21, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: Bamboo Discussions
Topic: Hardiness question (and website question)
Replies: 7
Views: 2210

Re: Hardiness question (and website question)

I think you already have many of the top hardy ones.
Parvifolia slightly less hardy than aureosulcata but have the potential to grow larger, so long as it doesn't get top killed. As long as your winter doesn't go weeks of negative teens (Celsius) or lower, I think it would do ok.
by pokenei
Sat Jan 26, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: Bamboo Discussions
Topic: Cold air next week.
Replies: 9
Views: 3420

Re: Cold air next week.

All my unprotected bamboos are fried. Sad. It was all well a week or two ago.
by pokenei
Fri Jun 29, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Growing Bamboo
Topic: Bamboo shoots 2018
Replies: 94
Views: 22018

Re: Bamboo shoots 2018

Shanghai III is bigger than it's ever been around 1.5 inches by 20footers, but it may not be possible to try and protect. That's the thing... given the borderline climate that we're in, we need to decide at which point to stop protecting the bamboos. One alternative is to selectively protect certai...
by pokenei
Fri Jun 29, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Bamboo Discussions
Topic: Michigan bamboo mistake? phyllostachys parvifolia
Replies: 43
Views: 20030

Re: Michigan bamboo mistake? phyllostachys parvifolia

Here's the side by side comparison:
Atrovaginata to the left. Parvifolia to the right.

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by pokenei
Fri Jun 29, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Bamboo Discussions
Topic: Michigan bamboo mistake? phyllostachys parvifolia
Replies: 43
Views: 20030

Re: Michigan bamboo mistake? phyllostachys parvifolia

Good info, curious about a few things just for knowledge sake... I got my Atro and Parvi from Steve Lau in 2012 and planted them out immediately. They were about 1/2 to a meter long whip shoots. Some years I tarped those, others not. When I tarped them, mice ate all the leaves and chewed down all t...
by pokenei
Sat Jun 23, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Bamboo Discussions
Topic: Michigan bamboo mistake? phyllostachys parvifolia
Replies: 43
Views: 20030

Re: Michigan bamboo mistake? phyllostachys parvifolia

Parvifolia is quick to upsize, but it is not as cold hardy as Atrovaginata or even Rubro. I am in Zone 5. Last year, parvifolia was my largest bamboo growing up to 15 feet. Both Atrovaginata and Rubro were around 6 to 8 feet. After the last winter, everything (not protected) was top killed. However,...
by pokenei
Sun Apr 22, 2018 4:39 am
Forum: Bamboo Discussions
Topic: Help Pls! Am I Overwatering?
Replies: 11
Views: 3494

Re: Help Pls! Am I Overwatering?

It is hard to over water. But, is the base of the bed water tight? or is it free to drain under? If there's no drainage, then yes, it's likely root rot. If no drainage issue, then check for signs of infection. Although not likely, but some moth larvae could be eating the shoots from the inside. Chec...
by pokenei
Fri Jan 19, 2018 5:32 am
Forum: Bamboo Discussions
Topic: First bamboo you obtained
Replies: 45
Views: 14386

Re: First bamboo you obtained

I do tarp, some years. But for some reason, whenever I tarp, that winter turns out to be warm, and by tarping, I did more damage than good because the mice are loving it under the tarps and stripping off all the leaves and chewing on branches. This Winter, I decided not to tarp, hoping for another w...