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Archive for the ‘Bamboo Growing & Care’ Category

Growing Giant Bamboo Fast

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

You can buy the fastest growing bamboo in the world but if you want it to get big faster, follow the procedures below! When I got serious about collecting bamboo there was a time when I planted many species each year, often in multiple locations.  I wanted lots of bamboo fast.  I live near a […]

Building an energy efficient greenhouse

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

I needed a place to store some elephant ears, gingers, cannas, and banana trees for the winter.  I mulch most of the cold hardy tropicals we grow around and on the house but I used to dig lots of them and place in a greenhouse in order to get an early start the following spring.  […]

Controlling running bamboo

Friday, April 8th, 2011

There are many types of bamboo but in general they can be divided into either clumpers or runners. The clumpers are non-invasive. The vast majority of clumpers are sub-tropical or tropical, althought there are a few that are extremely cold hardy, most of those can’t handle the heat in the southeast. Because of this, all […]

Bamboo planting and care

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Planting and Care Before receiving your bamboo you should have picked out a place to plant. Most of the larger bamboos will need at least a few hours of direct sun or filtered sun all day. They may grow in areas without much sun but will be much slower growing and will be spread out […]

Preparing bamboo for winter

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Getting Ready for Winter The following information refers to cold hardy runners, mostly Phyllostachys spcecies. This is primarily what I sell. In most cases your bamboo should be fine during the winter without doing anything. However, there are several things you can do to help cut down on the stress of winter and reduce or […]

USDA Climate zones

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

I live near Birmingham, Al in zone 7b, maybe 7a in the past. I seem to have the ideal, all around climate to grow bamboo. However, only the running type. I’m not aware of a good performing, cold hardy, clumping bamboo for zone 7. The good news is that some of the running bamboos can […]