I have ordered two 1 gallon pots of Phyllostachys decora, commonly called Beautiful Bamboo to be planted on the north side of Michelle’s house.
She has a nice bed about 20 feet long and 10 feet wide that has been a real challenge. It is very wet from roof water run off much of the time and in our dry season becomes very dry. It is also shaded much of the day and has presented a real problem to find plant(s) that can survive in such severe conditions.
Grin… This is the sellers sales pitch, so all of this must be considered in developing my expectations of just how well this bamboo will do in my tiny area of Southwest Oklahoma.
*Native to the Yangtze valley of China where it is referred to by the locals as “Beautiful Bamboo”. It is a fine bamboo for a tall (up to 35 feet) dense screen.
It is one of the best performers under the stress of desert heat, cold, and drought conditions.
*Year old bamboo that is about 8 feet tall with 4 canes, may produce 3 additional new shoots in the spring that grow to 10 feet, within two months time.
Next spring those 7 canes will produce about 5 to 10 new shoots that could reach 15 feet. Fast forward 4 years: the same plant is now 60 canes strong and up to 30 feet tall.
Because the canes are connected by rhizome, it is functioning as a single plant. Now it has the energy needed to produce larger and more numerous new shoots each spring that grow from the ground up to 35 feet in two months.
*Planting at wide intervals is recommended (5- 10 feet apart.)
Starting from a small size, most bamboo will reach mature height within five years. Running types gain about 3-5 feet per year in height, and spread outward at the same rate.
If all the hype is any where near what I may see in Michelle’s growing beds. In 5 years we will be digging bamboo and be looking for new areas to start bamboo thickets.
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