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by Alan_L
Mon Jun 14, 2021 7:09 pm
Forum: Growing Bamboo
Topic: Latest Phyllostachys to shoot?
Replies: 7
Views: 63

Re: Latest Phyllostachys to shoot?

My Rubro was a little earlier than the virella. Definitely similar in look. Virella is closer to the house so I look at it more. :)

I'm hoping David will respond...
by Alan_L
Sat Jun 12, 2021 9:11 pm
Forum: Growing Bamboo
Topic: Latest Phyllostachys to shoot?
Replies: 7
Views: 63

Latest Phyllostachys to shoot?

For me the latest to shoot is Ph. virella. I'm not sure how typical this year's weather has been as it was warm early, then got cold for several weeks, then warmed up again, but for me Ph. virella only started shooting a little over a week ago (so first week in June). A couple things to point out th...
by Alan_L
Wed Jun 02, 2021 12:18 pm
Forum: Bugs, beasts and diseases
Topic: Bamboo: Pest identification
Replies: 5
Views: 168

Re: Bamboo: Pest identification

I've been waiting for a dry day to go take photos, but I have seen the same thing on some of my small groves. Black sooty mold it typical of aphid activity, so I assumed that these clusters were something similar -- some sort of sap-sucking insect that was creating these globs of junk. I first notic...
by Alan_L
Tue May 25, 2021 10:01 pm
Forum: Website Suggestions and Notes
Topic: New website changes
Replies: 4
Views: 183

Re: New website changes

The site no longer remembers me -- I have to login each time I visit. It's not a big problem and is probably related to increased security, but thought I'd mention it in case it's supposed to be working as it did before.
by Alan_L
Mon May 10, 2021 5:55 pm
Forum: Growing Bamboo
Topic: bamboo damage from Feb 2021 polar vortex
Replies: 11
Views: 819

Re: bamboo damage from Feb 2021 polar vortex

So sorry to hear!

Very surprised at some of these, but I suspect that the plantings that fared better -- even if less hardy -- had some wind protection.

Did you have a fairly wet fall and winter before that?
by Alan_L
Tue Apr 27, 2021 7:07 pm
Forum: Growing Bamboo
Topic: Growing Honeysuckle w/ Bamboo?
Replies: 2
Views: 182

Re: Growing Honeysuckle w/ Bamboo?

I have a strip of "common ground" behind my property that divides me from the houses behind. This originally was a steep grassy slope, but when I moved in in 1991 there was a small row of bush honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii) that were either planted or grew wild (Missouri has a huge problem...
by Alan_L
Sat Apr 03, 2021 9:45 pm
Forum: Bamboo Discussions
Topic: Bamboo tools?
Replies: 39
Views: 12043

Re: Bamboo tools?

Only Rufa was shooting, and they were only a couple inches tall -- they're fine!

Everything else still shows at least some green and leaf buds are expanding. 8)
by Alan_L
Fri Apr 02, 2021 10:32 pm
Forum: Bamboo Discussions
Topic: Bamboo tools?
Replies: 39
Views: 12043

Re: Bamboo tools?

I second the demo bar idea. It's all I ever pry with and has a very slight bend now. That just makes it better at prying when you turn it so the bend is up. :)

Brad, sounds like you need a nice big mattock!
by Alan_L
Sat Mar 20, 2021 8:56 pm
Forum: Growing Bamboo
Topic: bamboo damage from Feb 2021 polar vortex
Replies: 11
Views: 819

Re: bamboo damage from Feb 2021 polar vortex

Time for an update a month later: every Phyllostachys is in great condition! Aureosulcata forms virtually no damage (a few culms show crispy leaves, but most culms show nothing but healthy green. Ph. atrovaginata has about 25% crispy leaves, the rest green. Ph. rubromarginata has about 33%-50% brown...
by Alan_L
Mon Mar 15, 2021 1:07 pm
Forum: Bugs, beasts and diseases
Topic: My first post. I need help.
Replies: 18
Views: 1498

Re: My first post. I need help.

Note that bamboo culms have a limited lifetime, so will die after a few years naturally depending on species. I didn't read closely but not sure if you said that these were all only a couple years old or if some were older.
by Alan_L
Sun Mar 07, 2021 12:56 am
Forum: Growing Bamboo
Topic: bamboo damage from Feb 2021 polar vortex
Replies: 11
Views: 819

bamboo damage from Feb 2021 polar vortex

I thought this would be a good place to document the temperatures that the polar vortex caused here in the St. Louis area in Feb 2021, and what damage my bamboos suffered as a result. Damage seems minimal so far besides some obviously crispy leaves, but I'll post more in a couple weeks. The attached...
by Alan_L
Wed Mar 03, 2021 1:19 pm
Forum: Bugs, beasts and diseases
Topic: My first post. I need help.
Replies: 18
Views: 1498

Re: My first post. I need help.

Also, the white fuzzy/sticky substance is likely from mealy bugs. It's doubtful they are causing the shoots to abort, but if there are a lot of them you may want to take care of that. I'd recommend the least severe treatment methods first as I try to avoid pesticides as much as possible.
by Alan_L
Mon Feb 15, 2021 12:58 am
Forum: Growing Bamboo
Topic: New Alphonse Karr Not Looking Great
Replies: 5
Views: 1043

Re: New Alphonse Karr Not Looking Great

Were all of those culms alive and full of leaves when you planted?
by Alan_L
Fri Feb 12, 2021 10:51 pm
Forum: Growing Bamboo
Topic: Scored
Replies: 1
Views: 881

Re: Scored

I like the really tall spindly one that seems to be leafless except a couple at the tip :)

I'm excited to follow along with your garden's progress again.
by Alan_L
Wed Feb 10, 2021 5:55 pm
Forum: Growing Bamboo
Topic: Seeds available
Replies: 52
Views: 4657

Re: Seeds available

That's amazing growth for just a few months! I wonder if no cold period will set it back? It might be too young to "care" about that.