Black (Phy. Nigra) Bamboo blooming, what to do?

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Black (Phy. Nigra) Bamboo blooming, what to do?

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I noticed one frost damaged culm is blooming in my roughly 40'x40' grove of nigra. Should I cut it out?
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If it's not draining too much energy, I would leave it and try to get some seeds, but I am a seedoholic.
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Well, I read somewhere to cut it, so I did. Haven't noticed any more blooming.
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Interesting. I’m in Australia and I posted a few months ago about some I’d seen on the roadside here flowering. I wondered if it meant it would flower in other parts of the world. I collected seeds but couldn’t get them to grow. I notice now the entire clump has died.
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I believe mine along with the 'Henon' next to it are both starting to flower here in CA.
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Henon here is definately blooming a lot. In pots and in a grove. None of the other nigra species here are blooming though. Including standard black, Megurochiku, Daikokuchiku, Punctata, and Bory.
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Did they set seeds? Are there only a few viable seeds, and most of the flowers give empty or non-developed seeds?
I have asked a few people here if their Phyllostachys nigras are flowering and they are not. It might be an overture into flowering?
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