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by Chris S
Fri Nov 20, 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: Bamboo Identification
Topic: Fargesia ID?
Replies: 4
Views: 4809

Re: Fargesia ID?

Check the leaf sheath where the leaf blade joins it for little auricles (ear-like flaps) and/or oral setae (bristles). Neither = apicirubens (which is still often sold under the wrong name for it of dracocephala!). http://www.bamboo-identification.co.uk/html/apicirubens.html Just oral setae = robust...
by Chris S
Sun Apr 26, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: Bamboo Discussions
Topic: PLEASE HELP Accidental Weed & Feed question
Replies: 3
Views: 1088

Re: PLEASE HELP Accidental Weed & Feed question

Whatever you do don't use a blower on these granules - you might blow them onto other plants or up onto the bamboo leaves, where they would do more harm than on the ground, but more importantly you really don't want to breathe any dust in, despite Monsanto etc telling you they are safe. Does anyone ...
by Chris S
Sun Dec 08, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Bamboo Discussions
Topic: What is this?
Replies: 8
Views: 2072

Re: What is this?

looks rather like a thirsty fortunei to me - and that is native to Japan of course, no Pleioblastus growing naturally in the Himalayas! I suspect the narrow-looking leaves have just curled up, as there are others that are much broader to identify these Pleioblastus to species you really need to see ...
by Chris S
Sat Jul 27, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Growing Bamboo
Topic: Emerald Bamboo in Florida PLEASE Help Identify Problem.
Replies: 5
Views: 2254

Re: Emerald Bamboo in Florida PLEASE Help Identify Problem.

Emerald is a name used in Florida instead of Bambusa textilis 'Mutabilis' and 'Kanapaha'

Yin Yang is Bambusa emeiensis

Temple is presumably Thryrsostachys siamensis

Just ask Sherry?
by Chris S
Sat Jul 27, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Bamboo Identification
Topic: Castillion seedlings?
Replies: 4
Views: 5473

Re: Castillion seedlings?

These look far far too big already to be seedlings. Some very interesting new cultivars have arisen from the rhizomes of a flowering Phyllostachys at the time of flowering. I would leave these undisturbed until they are better established and see what comes up next year.
by Chris S
Sat Jul 20, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Bugs, beasts and diseases
Topic: Bamboo mites
Replies: 9
Views: 3594

Re: Bamboo mites

My sympathy Tarzanus, how did we get to this situation? You could blitz your entire ecosystem with Talstar in the EU until 2011, when it was banned across the EU. As well as being toxic to birds, most aquatic organisms, honeybees and earthworms, it is also an endocrine disrupter and neurotoxin in hu...
by Chris S
Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Bamboo Identification
Topic: ID help with two clumpers near Seattle
Replies: 8
Views: 3353

Re: ID help with two clumpers near Seattle

With those curled spindle-shaped leaves with drawn-out tips it is probably either Fargesia apicirubens or Fargesia robusta. The absence or presence of oral setae on the leaf sheaths will distinguish them easily. http://www.bamboo-identification.co.uk/DSCN2667ed-720.jpg vs http://www.bamboo-identific...
by Chris S
Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Growing Bamboo
Topic: Growing Otatea in uk
Replies: 3
Views: 1935

Re: Growing Otatea in uk

I have lost 2 large potted plants suddenly in late winter, at or even just above freezing, in an unheated greenhouse, without any water-logging. I can keep them alive indoors through winter OK. If in the ground it would probably lose all above-ground growth, but you might just keep the rhizomes aliv...
by Chris S
Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Bamboo Discussions
Topic: Yunnanensis??? Or gaolinensis
Replies: 5
Views: 2623

Re: Yunnanensis??? Or gaolinensis

Deane, you really should read http://www.bamboo-identification.co.uk/html/sp__internet_seed.html and also http://www.bamboo-identification.co.uk/html/fungosa.html taking into account the valuable work at the species level undertaken by Dr Demoly I know that is not jolly social media, nor as much fun...
by Chris S
Wed Jul 25, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: Bamboo Discussions
Topic: R.I.P. Parker’s Giant
Replies: 17
Views: 7147

Re: R.I.P. Parker’s Giant

MarCat - out of curiosity re the origins of this bamboo, what else do you remember from the story?
by Chris S
Tue Jun 26, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Bamboo Discussions
Topic: Fargesia dracocephala
Replies: 35
Views: 17518

Re: Fargesia dracocephala

This made me think how unreliable colours can be for identifying clump-forming mountain bamboo species, or selecting good ones to grow. Growing in different climates and different microclimates, the combined effects of sun and cold can make an enormous difference. Being a botanist I look for charact...
by Chris S
Thu Feb 01, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Bamboo Identification
Topic: Blue Bamboo ID
Replies: 36
Views: 17928

Re: Blue Bamboo ID

Brad, you should be able to ID your cupreus from the pictures at http://www.bamboo-identification.co.uk/html/cupreus.html The coppery culm sheath cilia are very distinctive. It upsizes quickly and is very vigorous in a good site. If you ever wanted to get into weaving baskets, then this is one of th...
by Chris S
Thu Feb 01, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Growing Bamboo
Topic: Phyllostachys nigra variegata
Replies: 111
Views: 42396

Re: Phyllostachys nigra variegata

More like 'Yellow Snow' , or 'Husky Snow' ,

Don't you buy that Yellow Snow

(Zappa, in case you are too young to appreciate that)
by Chris S
Wed Jan 31, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: Growing Bamboo
Topic: Phyllostachys nigra variegata
Replies: 111
Views: 42396

Re: Phyllostachys nigra variegata

Well done Deane, if you get a bamboo with lots of dry skins, then that means that it had a lot of critters that were recently sprayed, but chances are there were also plenty of eggs as well, and as they are not so easily killed they can merrily hatch away, which I why I said repeat the treatment. It...
by Chris S
Tue Jan 30, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Bamboo Identification
Topic: Blue Bamboo ID
Replies: 36
Views: 17928

Re: Blue Bamboo ID

Yes Brad, there are very obvious differences. Himalayacalamus has virtually no cross-veins on the leaves, http://www.bamboo-identification.co.uk/DSCN12061_Crop-ed-720.jpg (from Himalayacalamus hookerianus page) and buds that are shorter than their width, often onion-shaped, fairly consistent, though...