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by Alan_L
Sun May 10, 2020 8:39 pm
Forum: Growing Bamboo
Topic: Shortening Culms after division
Replies: 1
Views: 691

Re: Shortening Culms after division

If the leaves never unroll even when in shade and well-watered, then you probably do need to remove some. You can prune the culms, remove some branches, remove leaves, etc. You just want to make sure that remaining leaves are fully hydrated (not rolling). If they're completely drying out, that's a w...
by Alan_L
Sun May 10, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: Growing Bamboo
Topic: Clumping in the Columbia River Gorge
Replies: 7
Views: 1499

Re: Clumping in the Columbia River Gorge

Problem with F. rufa is that it is not a tall plant -- maybe 7-8' tall. Not sure if that's what you want for a privacy screen.
by Alan_L
Fri May 08, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: Growing Bamboo
Topic: How cold is too cold for new shoots?
Replies: 3
Views: 865

Re: How cold is too cold for new shoots?

I wouldn't worry too much about 30ºF -- but I know from experience that thinner shoots (like Fargesia 'Rufa') get whacked by 26ºF. I don't know the exact temp that wiped them out. I suspect that thicker shoots like from Phyllostachys will handle those low temps better. It's also important how long t...
by Alan_L
Tue May 05, 2020 10:38 pm
Forum: Growing Bamboo
Topic: Narihira bamboo - running or clumping??
Replies: 2
Views: 1001

Re: Narihira bamboo - running or clumping??

Semiarundinaria fastuosa is running, but how much it spreads each year depends on your climate. Raised bed will not contain running bamboo. In ground barrier is best option for containment, but can be difficult to install, especially in a narrow area. Plus the bamboo will eventually become rootbound...
by Alan_L
Sat Feb 29, 2020 11:35 pm
Forum: Bamboo Identification
Topic: Viewing bamboo from the Smithsonian collection
Replies: 1
Views: 998

Re: Viewing bamboo from the Smithsonian collection

Nice! If you've never viewed botanical specimens before, it's pretty interesting. For me the best thing is seeing a specimen that was collected 50 or 100 or more years ago. Fascinating.
by Alan_L
Sat Feb 15, 2020 10:11 pm
Forum: Bamboo Discussions
Topic: Zone 4 bamboos over 22 years
Replies: 4
Views: 1660

Re: Zone 4 bamboos over 22 years

No apologies needed -- this was very interesting and some parts were funny (intentionally or not). I like the "migration" description especially. :) I'm actually shocked that with such cold winters ANY of those still survive. It's also surprising that yearly topkill won't cause death after...
by Alan_L
Thu Jan 16, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: Bamboo Identification
Topic: Unknown bamboo in Costa Rica
Replies: 2
Views: 1802

Re: Unknown bamboo in Costa Rica

That's just scary. :shock:
by Alan_L
Wed Jan 15, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: Growing Bamboo
Topic: Upstate NY: bamboo with names that sound like "delicious"?
Replies: 5
Views: 2355

Re: Upstate NY: bamboo with names that sound like "delicious

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.
by Alan_L
Wed Jan 15, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: Bamboo Discussions
Topic: Hardiness question (and website question)
Replies: 7
Views: 2219

Re: Hardiness question (and website question)

Wind exposure makes a big difference. In my yard the plants on the north side seem to take the biggest hit even though the neighbor house it there -- it doesn't directly shield the bamboos. My bissetii is there and it loses a lot of culms every winter, unless maybe 30% culm death every year is norma...
by Alan_L
Mon Dec 16, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Growing Bamboo
Topic: Bamboo Source
Replies: 6
Views: 2531

Re: Bamboo Source

Definitely better to buy from a nursery in a climate as close to yours as possible IMO, either in person or by mail order.
by Alan_L
Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: Bamboo Discussions
Topic: Jumping worms eating bamboo roots?
Replies: 3
Views: 1687

Re: Jumping worms eating bamboo roots?

It seems like their biggest harm is to the soil itself -- they eat organic litter at or near the soil surface. So I'd be surprised if they were the cause for isolated culms dying, but who knows. Plants are weird. :)
by Alan_L
Mon Oct 07, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: Bamboo Discussions
Topic: Phyllostachys virella rhizome surprise
Replies: 2
Views: 1649

Phyllostachys virella rhizome surprise

A few years back I had Ph. virella in a large planter box, and it was starting to look good. Then we had the very dry autumn followed by a couple of harsh cold snaps, and that bamboo died. (The drought reduced the hardiness of most of my bamboos that year I learned). Luckily though, a rhizome had es...
by Alan_L
Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Bamboo Discussions
Topic: Bamboo tools?
Replies: 39
Views: 12573

Re: Bamboo tools?

I use a $30 breaker bar (from HD, Lowe's, other) for prying, and a shovel/spade for digging.
by Alan_L
Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: Bamboo Discussions
Topic: Bamboo Advice - Privacy Barrier in MA?
Replies: 2
Views: 1403

Re: Bamboo Advice - Privacy Barrier in MA?

Note that a barrier will be impractical with the pine tree roots there.
by Alan_L
Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: Bamboo Discussions
Topic: Raising soil around bamboo
Replies: 6
Views: 2341

Re: Raising soil around bamboo

I helped a friend dig out a bamboo that he had been growing for 10+ years in a small space (maybe 5' diameter area). His method was to dig out the trench around the circle, then throw the soil into the middle (in the growing area). The result was that this plant had at least 18" deep of crisscr...