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Is my Bamboo phyllost Aurea dying?


 
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PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 12:21 pm    Post subject: Is my Bamboo phyllost Aurea dying? Reply with quote

Hi,

I recently (4 weeks ago) planted 5 Aurea bamboos (1.5 - 2 metre).

It is a south facing garden but the bamboo is planted against the fence so would have a north facing aspect which is in shade most of the day.

I planted them in a partial raised bed of soil, manure, compost mixture and watered well every day. The house/garden is part of a new development and the soil is quite bad (rocky/dry in places - i also dug out a small french drain when digging out the area for the bamboo and i did not encounter 1 worm/insect etc).

All was well until the latter 2 weeks, they started losing leaves and turning yellow - whilst the weather was good - sunny with a cool wind, actually quite windy at times. i am somewhat confused as to what is happening.
Are they failing from "shock", too much water, too little water or wind shear?? Any opinions/advice appreciated.
many thanks, Conor



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PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure but maybe the cold wind affected them before they'd settled in?

I have the same type also planted in a narrow north facing run but mine have been planted 7 years now.

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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 7:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stress from move give them time
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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks a lot, i will wait and i think i won't water anymore unless after a sunny day in the evening, little nervous as i paid quite a bit for them!!
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PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2017 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope your bamboo recover well for you. I expect they will as they are pretty tough plants.

Many of the plants we buy are kept in very sheltered circumstances before they are put on sale - to ensure good growth and good looking plants. But when they are planted in our gardens they often have to deal with very different conditions and they can suffer badly.

Last year I planted a small Japanese maple in the shady end of one of my alpine beds. My idea was that it would work well with the erythroniums I also planted there. And it looked great - until some cold windy April days! The leaves got shredded and I was ready to pull the tree out. But I decided to put up with the tattered remnants for the season and find out if it would grow back in a more resilient way this year. It has done and it took all the dry cold April wind this year with no sign of damage.

So my advice on your bamboo it to wait (with fingers crossed) and trust that your good preparation and the plants' will to live will do the trick.
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PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2017 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree. It sounds like you have done your best for them and it is just the shock of planting them out.

I recently took out a second mortgage (only kidding!) and bought two golden bamboo. As we were having tree work done, I only planted one of them (the other was to be right next to a tree that was coming down). We had some cold, windy weather and the one I planted was checked in it's growth. It's picking up now and it is the other, pot-bound one that is struggling now.

Considering the soil and it's lack of life. Do you know anyone with an established garden who could give you a bucket of compost? That might kick start the soil's microbiome. It only takes a little yeast to make the bread rise! Wink

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PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2017 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

On that topic, you could try some stuff called Soil Renew. It is a 100% organic soil improver, basically, a preparation of the fungi and other micro-life that is vital to healthy soil. You can probably get it from Mr Middleton. It is pricey but very effecrive.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

happy to report they are coming back Smile i left one unplanted in its container, now it is suffering badly, hoping to put it in a big planter pot with rocks in the base. hopefully all will be well .thanks for the advice Smile
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