Bamboo


Bamboo&Questions11 Jul 2011 10:52 am

This is a short question:

Hap, I have a few skinny rhizomes sprouting up and I was wondering if i should remove them to promote the larger ones to sprout which I already have a few growing?
Thanks Dan

Sounds like an easy enough question. I wonder what Hap has to say?

But wait! There’s a picture too.

Hap, here is the picture of the small sprouts that I was wondering if i should remove them so it would promote larger new sprout.

Now what will Hap say? I think I can guess…

Dan,

The small sprouts are all that your newly transplanted plants have the resources to grow right now. Removing them will not encourage more robust shoots, but rather rob them of needed new leaves to feed growing roots and next years bigger shoots. I would leave them and let them leaf fully for this year and then after you get new larger shoots, when the plants are more established, remove any small shoots that are cosmetically unpleasing. But right now any new growth is a good sign and that the plants are settling in to their new home.

Take care,

Hap

I knew it!

Bamboo&How-to&Questions08 Jul 2011 11:23 am

Greg asks if we can identify this bamboo and recommend a barrier for it.

Hap responds:

Greg,

I am sorry but there is not enough detail in the photos to identify which species of bamboo it is. Can you take a photo of the whole plant with some sort of size scale, as well as a close up of a branch node of one of the mature canes? As far as barrier (if the scale is what I think it is) the 40mil Rhizome Barrier we stock should be sufficient, it stops running bamboo up to 1-1/2″ in diameter if installed correctly and if you police for “jumpers” (rhizomes that go over the top and then dive back under ground) twice a year. The barrier is 30 inches tall and needs to be buried 28 inches, so there is a two inch lip above the soil. You can surround the grove of bamboo and glue the barrier to its self to make a buried bottomless pot. Or if this is invading bamboo from a neighbor, run a trench along the property-line and install the barrier as a single long line.Of course if it is a large grove it can come around the corner of the barrier with time, so some policing will need to be done at the ends of the barrier.

I hope that helps,

Hap