Gardening Tips

Bamboo

 

November 2004

Facts and

Diversity

Member of the Grass Family

Used throughout the world for food, shelter, furniture, crafts, musical instruments

Produces sustainable crop in 5-10 years

Over 1,200 species in the world

Over 200 species hardy to Zone 6

Roughly 100 species will grow in Zone 5

Types

Tropical and Temperate

Running and Clumping

Our favorite reasons for growing bamboo

Drought tolerant

Deer resistant

Cold and heat tolerant

Variety of sizes

Great house plant

Looks cool

Genera -

Name Dropping

US Native

Arundinaria

  • Canebreak
Giant Bamboo

Bambusa

  • Hedge Bamboo
America’s Own

Chusquea

Mountain Clumpers

Fargesia

  • Umbrella Bamboo
Unpronounceable

Hibanobambusa

Indocalamus

Timber Bamboo

Phyllostachys

  • Black Bamboo
Shorter Ones

Pleioblastus

  • Dwarf Fernleaf

Sasa

  • Palm Leaf Bamboo

Sasaella

Shibataea

  • Ruscus Leaf Bamboo

Culture

 

Seasons of Bamboo

Shooting

Leaving out

Rhizome spread

Conditions

Full shade to hot sun

Wet to dry

Irrigation

Fertilizer

Mulch

Containment

Cold weather/Drought

Bodies of water

Roads/Concrete

Mowing/Edging

Underground barriers

Stock tanks

Knowledge

Bamboo as a Potted Plant or Bonsai

Light conditions

Size of bamboo

Size of container

Water sensitivity

Bamboo and your pond

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