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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 7:20 pm    Post subject: Hardy and not so hardy bamboos. Reply with quote

As experienced in a garden in the mid-west after two winters of severe frost..


The first three bamboos mentioned below have been scorched and browned and look really, really bad. But they'll come back from the base whenever we get milder weather. (We'll have wind and rain next weekend.)


Thamnocalamus spathiflorus aristatus. (My favourite bamboo at the moment.)

Hibanobambusa tranquillans shiroshima.

Chimonobambusa tumidissinoda




The following bamboos have mostly not been affected except for some mild scorching on some of the aureosulcatas.



Phyllostachys bissettii. (In a very, very exposed situation but not a bother to it.)

Phyllostachys aureosulcata aureocaulis.

Phyllostachys aurea.

Phyllostachys aureosulcata spectabilis.

Pseudosasa japonica.

Phyllostachys vivax aureocaulis.

Semiarundinaria fastuosa. (An absolutely beautiful bamboo.)



I hope this is of help to someone.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2011 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a bamboo that I'd have no hope of reaching the same height with. 46 metres! Sad Sad

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2011 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd say the neighbours might complain about that one lmao Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Kindredspirit,

If my escalonia is beyond redemption and I have to get it rid of it. What bamboo would you recommend for a south facing wall. I want something that will be hardy and grow very tall, your expertise would be wonderful.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 7:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm certainly no expert, Maeve. I've only started gardening more intensively for 2 years.

What is in front of the Escallonia at the moment? A lawn? Concrete or tarmac?

There are twp types of bamboo, running and clumping. Running bamboos will send out runners in all directions about an inch under the soil and then they'll pop up everywhere. Clumpers, like Fargesias, will remain in a clump that slowly spreads out.

So your first thought will be how to contain the spread of your bamboo with a rhizome barrier. If it's a lawn, though, the mower will keep it under control but it'll still spread in other directions.

Fargesia bamboos are known clumpers.

The yellow Phyllostachys Aureas are beautiful and so is Semiarundinaria Fastuoso (has a red stem (culm)

Thamnocalamus spathiflorus aristatus is to my mind ideal as it is very upright and doesn't seem to bend over.

I know it's a very, very long way away for you but Stam Bamboo in Lismore would be the ideal place to view bamboos. He has an extraordinary collection.

Look at his web site stambamboo.com
(I have no connection with him.)

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a 2 foot piece of lawn infront of the escallonia at the moment so I would like a bamboo that clumps rather than runs. I have two bamboos in the laneway at the side of my house, (no room left in my garden so I took over the laneway), and they love it out there they have doubled in width, which I think means it is a clumping bamboo. I have no idea what they are called though.

Thank you for all the information, I will be looking up the gardening books and computer to find the perfect one, especially now that you have told me what to look out for. re: clumping and running bamboos. Very usefull information Kindredspirit, so thanks again.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Forgot to mention Pseudosasa Japonica, which is the ideal hedge, as it thickens and grows in a short space of time. (Also known as Arrow Bamboo.)

Beware though it is a runner and needs a barrier (or else you just keep clipping short any unwanted sprouts.) I have two rows of it with the ultimate aim of hiding two garages in our back garden. It's very aggressive though as it keeps sending runners over the TOPS of my rhizome barriers! The runners get short thrift from me.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You have just given me the answer to another problem. Our garden wall is backing on to a green. I have trees planted the green side of the wall but some ambitious children have been climbing and there is a large gap, where they have broken branches, which exposes our garden and we have a problem with privacy. This bamboo will be fantastic there, and could run away with itself to its hearts content, with no restrictions and plent of privacy for us!!

This problem has been bugging me for two years, so thanks KindredSpirit
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have just ordered the pseudo Japonica from a local garden centre who was fascinated by my request for this specific bamboo. It was not too expensive and it will love where I am going to plant it. I will take a photo of it in situ. When I told the garden centre owner why I wanted this bamboo and where I wanted to plant it he was fascinated as to where I came up with this option, so I gladly told him about the forum. He also said although it was an unusual option it was the answer to my problem

Thanks again Kindredspirit

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2011 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Kindredspirit,

The lovely bamboos I planted have not worked due mainly to the fact that some one keeps digging them up. My husband is now becomming obsessed with it and does a patrol on the green hourly!! The poor bamboos have been dug up replanted, chicken wire put around it, dug up again chicken wire disappeared, more planting protected it with netlon hammered into steaks, dug up again and now he is on patrol with the dogs aroung the green.

Have you any other suggestions to plug a large gap in the trees,please. I will have to put the bamboos in a large pot and revive them and plant them in my own garden, where they may be a lot safer!

If I catch the blighter to is doing this i'll ................
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2011 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I presume you don't own the Green and you have someone who objects to bamboo on public land.

Can you post a pic of the area?

( A picture speaks a thousand words. )

Suggestions.

A trellis on top of the wall with an evergreen climber?

Plant the bamboo on your side of the wall with a rhizome barrier?

A dummy security camera screwed to the top of the wall?

Leylandi on the Green side (but that never stops growing) (You could always chainsaw the top of the Leylandi when it gets too high though.)

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Kindredspirit for your help, for some reason i have no been able to upload photos despite James' help and patience. My husband caught the little thug who thought it was FUNNY to dig it up!! It has not been touched since the culprit was caught. We cut the tops off the leylandi every year and keep them in check.
I had already thought of the trellis and will thread the clematis on that wall through it so it will form a barrier. And will look for something spikey to plug the gap!!

Thanks for all you help.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you open a photobucket account. (www.photobucket.com) and then just click the IMG link underneath your pic there and then just paste it in your post here. (Ctrl + V ) Bob's your uncle and Easy Peasy!.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The bamboo has now been removed the little thug and his mates dug it up again, I was at a funeral and the brat knew we would be gone all day so he and his mates dug it up, smashed the steaks and cut the wire mesh and the netting, I rescued the remains of the plant and now have it in a large pot in a warm sheltered spot to revive it.

No point talking to his parents as they do not understand english. Thanks for your photobucket tip I will try that during the week.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2011 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

And what about the black bamboo (the one with black canes - Phyllostachys nigra)? How did that one survive the frost?

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